I came across this post on PerezHilton.com about the launch of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s new line. First, it’s nice to see the two of them looking their age and relatively healthy. Secondly, I appreciate the coordinated black-and-white outfits — the clothes look particularly casual in the way that expensive things only can, and they’re not especially distracting. Mary-Kate and Ashley wear the clothes, the clothes don’t wear them, and therefore the ladies do not look underfed, Muppet-ish, or a combination of the two.
But for two public figures who’ve managed to parlay their reputation into not one but several lines, I would have expected their outfits to be a bit snappier. I mean, it’s not like we haven’t seen twins in coordinated black-and-white outfits before.
Maybe it’s because the sisters Olsen are too young to remember the eighties (or they were too busy spending it with John Stamos and the rest of the Full House gang), but aren’t they aware that they’re just ripping off Heather and Erica, the slightly spazzy twins from Degrass Junior High and Degrassi High? Heather and Erica spent the entirety of their high school careers wearing black-and white togs that just screamed “Contempo Casuals clearance”. I realize that part of Degrassi’s charm (and mission) was to cast real kids who looked natural instead of shellacked adults with wrinkly foreheads. And maybe I lowered my expectations because it was Canadian television. But would it have killed Heather and Erica to at least slap on some pink lip gloss, or some red socks?
I got an eBay win in the mail today — a pair of light gray/taupe Sigerson Morrison heels for $36.00. The originally cost $365.00. Gray, a combination of black and white, though I don’t believe these shoes could ever be mistaken for something you’d find on the feet of Mary-Kate, Ashley, Erica, Heather, or any other black-and-white loving twin you may find on network television today.