Ashley Olsen Talks Fashion: "Either You Care or You Don't"

08/05/2009 at 11:04 AM ET

Courtesy Marie Claire

Ashley Olsen has moved seamlessly from child star to star designer, with successful lines Elizabeth and James and The Row under her petite belt, but the way she sees it, she dodged a bullet. Speaking to Marie Claire of her tightly-regimented childhood, she muses, “That’s why I look at Britney, and I’m surprised I didn’t end up like her.” Her saving grace may have been her love of fashion and innate taste level. “I think you’re either born with a sense of style or you’re not,” she tells Marie Claire, which is on newstands August 11. “Either you care or you don’t.” Ashley and her twin, Mary-Kate, “love fashion,” she says. “When we were going to NYU, I think that was the first time we were aware of the power of our personal style. Not the power of it, but the result of it.” The endless press coverage of their every outfit was a surprise at the beginning. “Between the big sunglasses and Starbucks cup and the big sweaters, the hobo-chic thing, we were more shocked than anything,” she says. For the twins, it’s just a natural choice. “Mary-Kate and I are very aware of trends and style, but at the end of the day, we don’t even think twice about it,” she says. “It’s just, ‘What do I feel like wearing today, and how do I want to put it together.'” And for both sisters, they are always willing to take a risk, even if it means destroying a designer piece. “The amount of beautiful things we’ve ruined — not having the patience for a tailor and cutting everything ourselves … My sister once took an Alaïa dress of mine and just cut the whole thing, and then she was like, ‘I cut it too short.'” Ashley has to laugh. “Mary-Kate and I don’t think about fashion as these clean, beautiful objects. We just kind of wear it and live in it.”


Courtesy Marie Claire

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alice gillilan on

taylor you hit the nail on the head!!wow, what a conceded rich brat..

S on

this stuff is harsh! whatevs, ashley looks totes cute.

side not to Mason: maybe you should learn to spell correctly, she did not get attacked by a shopping center “MALLED”, the correct spelling would be MAULED.

Jenny on

I think the Olsen twins have a great sense of fashion. They are confident with it, and that is what makes them have great fashion sense. So what if they aren’t “polished” or they look unkempt. You don’t have to be those to look good.

GA Momma on

For some reason, it always looks she has a smirk on her face or that she smells something bad. Maybe it’s just me. Wish her and her sister all the best. My daughter loved all of their movies.

MK on

I love both Mary Kate and Ashley! I think that they are unique and true to themselves. Wish them all the best and hope they keep up the great work.

Jill K on

Oops, I cut the designer dress too short. Oh well! It was only $25,000 dollars, we’ll just buy another one. Hehe That statement makes them look like typical snobby rich people. I do have to say this is the best Ashley’s looked in awhile but probably because someone else dressed her.

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Rebecca on

It must be nice to have millions of dollars to spend on clothes. Almost like they take it for granted, especially when she mentions destroying designer clothing. I only wish you could spend time in the shoes of an average working woman. simply disgusted…

Reagan on

Why is it that every celebrity feels the need to plague the world with their:
-producing skills
-fragrance line
-clothing line???

If “fashion” is their only talent, what a waste indeed.
Take a moment to think of all the hungry tummies out there. Surely the money could go to a much better cause than their idea of what fashion is.

Amanda on

Ashley is definitely the more beautiful of the two.. she’s very classy and fashionable.

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