Olsen twins named best dressed sisters
New York - They have always been in vogue, but twin actresses and clothing designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are now truly in Vogue, gracing the cover of the fashion magazine's newest best dressed issue.
The widely-read edition, which was unveiled on Thursday and hits newsstands on November 15 in the US, puts its spotlight on nine global sister acts from British royalty, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her sister Pippa, to celebrity singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles.
Also getting special mention inside the pages are the French Courtin-Clarin foursome, granddaughters of Clarins cosmetics company founder, Jacques Courtin-Clarin.
"It's been a year of sisters, most famously with Catherine and Pippa Middleton," Mark Holgate, Vogue Fashion News Director and Editor of the best dressed issue, told Reuters.
Holgate credits the Middletons with popularising their own mid-thigh length of dress: "short enough to be impossible for an older-generation royal to wear, long enough to be decent when sitting or bending down to talk to a child."
But it was the Olsen twins, who rose to fame as child stars on US TV and as adults founded two successful high-end clothing labels, who were picked for the prestigious cover.
Holgate called the choice: "kind of a no-brainer."
"Are there any more chic, stylish, cool, and original sisters than Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen? They are incredibly stylish," he said of the twins.
The fact they have appeared on worst dressed lists in the past, including an annual one from late fashion critic Mr Blackwell, is actually a positive thing, said Holgate.
"They (the Olsens) get it right a lot of the time and then sometimes they don't get it right. That's actually great because it shows that it's their hands reaching into their wardrobes," explained Holgate. "They don't have someone telling them, 'This is cool, this is hot, this is what you should be wearing.' It comes from within them. It's instinctual.
"Look at what they've done with (their fashion labels) The Row and Elizabeth and James," said Holgate. "They are legitimate fashion forces."
"There was just something interesting about seeing how siblings' style can be so different and unique," said Holgate. "We started thinking about all of the great sister acts who are around right now who look really good together but also look good apart."