by Mary Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen


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Influence is about the Olsen twins' influences in fashion and style, the book includes interviews with: Karl Lagerfeld Diane Von Furstenberg John Galliano Lauren Hutton Christian Louboutin amongst many others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595142108
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/20/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 12.16(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Mary Kate Olsen, actress, designer and entrepreneur, currently co-designs Elizabeth and James with her sister and business partner, Ashley. The Hollywood Reporter named Mary Kate one of the "most powerful women in Hollywood", and the New York Times called her role in The Wackness the "breakout performance of the year". Ashley Olsen, designer, entrepreneur, actress and style icon, is one of the most influential young women in the fashion and entertainment industries. Ashley founded her luxury brand, The Row, in 2006, and co-design Elizabeth and James with Mary Kate. Marie Claire magazine called Ashley "a remarkably clear and focused executive doing brilliant work".


An Interview with Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen

Q: What inspired you to write Influence?

Ashley Olsen: Mary-Kate and I were approached to write a book and thought the idea was interesting however we did not want the book to be solely about ourselves. We knew we wanted to create a book different from anything available in the marketplace. Mary-Kate and I thought this concept is a great way to share the voices of the people who have helped shape our creative interests. Influence is not a book about us, it's about what influences us.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing the book?

Mary-Kate Olsen: It was challenging to write introductions to each other's sections. We are really close to each other and I found it difficult to write about my sister objectively.

AO: Most interviews took place during or around fashion weeks, and it was almost impossible to coordinate time to actually get in a room with these amazingly busy people.

Q: Who do you think your audience is?

AO: Mary-Kate and I reach girls and women of all ages worldwide and believe there is something for everyone in this book. Girls have grown up with us from our Full House days are now young professionals and moms. Our television series from when we were younger still air, which allows us to continue growing our fan base with younger generations.

Q: Will you write another book?

MKO: Never say never, but for now, I'm focused on this project and hope people enjoy it.

Q: What did you learn from this experience?

MKO: I talk a bit about this in my conclusion. I learned how much more I have to learn as well as how much how much I value the journey.

AO: From talking to these amazing people, I learned it's important to stay true to yourself in order to be a successful leader in anything. Each person I had the opportunity to sit down with talks about not conforming to what others were doing in their industries whether it be fashion, photography or art. As John Galliano said, "You have to believe in what you do as much as you love it. You only get a short life, so take chances."

Q: Who was the person you most enjoyed interviewing?

MKO: We enjoyed each interview for different reasons. Some people we've known for a long time, like Christian Louboutin, Robert Lee Morris, and Lauren Hutton. Others we've admired for years, and this gave us an opportunity to get to know them and find out what drives them. When you dive into the book, you will see similar themes emerge from the interviews, which is cool.

Q: Can you tell us about your love for polaroids?

MKO: Ashley and I have always loved Polaroids. We can remember being on the set of Full House, and the script supervisor would use Polaroids to document wardrobes for each scene. We have boxes of Polaroids from our teenage years and used the Polaroid theme for our first Elizabeth and James look book. It's too bad they aren't available anymore.

Q: Any parting thoughts?

AO: This book would not have been possible without the participation of the amazing people we interviewed. We thank all the people who helped us get these interviews and amazing imagery. Without them, Influence would not be what it is.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the book. i keep looking at it and finding new things to read about. i think ashley's introduction and mary-kate's conclusion for the book are really great. they must of worked very hard on this. they are extremely lucky to have been able to meet all of these talented people. the books is even better than i expected!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for anyone that loves the Olsen twins or loves fashion! The pictures and interviews are great and to see what these twins have done in their short lives is inspirational. For anyone that can't see that heading three of their own clothing lines at such a young age is amazing, you're just crazy. They have ambition, and live their lives the way they want to. Their aspirations and achievements should be inspirational to anyone. Great book.
Jennifer528 More than 1 year ago
I bought the book and I find it interesting and inspiring. Lots of beautiful, high-quality photos of the Olsens as well as of famous people and LOTS of fashion items - drawings, exhibits, artwork, etc. Also candid and revealing letters from famous people as well as personal letters from one Olsen twin to the other. And, of course, interviews of fashion icons and famous designers.
An inspiring, charming, and visually pleasing book.
starophie More than 1 year ago
I have loved the Olsen twins for as long as I can remember, and I must say this book makes me feel as though I have reached a new depth in my relationship with them. Yes, I watched Full House. I've seen all their movies, read all their books, tried out their styles and fashions and products and I have loved every minute of them.

I would definitely recommend reading this book if you, like me, have grown up with them; if you, like me, looked up to them or still do; if you, like me, are interested in their stories and why they have become what they are. If not, don't buy it! Yes, they've made some mistakes. They've had some problems. Who hasn't, quite frankly? But they, in my view, have still earned the right to be and still are my role models.

You have every right to disagree with me. You may believe that they are not good role models, not icons, and have no right to be either one of them. Fine, great, fabulous. Here is not the place for that. I ask you to read this book to gain a deeper understanding of people you may think you know. I enjoyed it immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love love love the book. the people the girls interview are very interesting. i was surprised at how much insight you receive about the girls and their views.
cranea0811 More than 1 year ago
If you love fashion, art, photography, ect. this is an excellent book. To me it was fascinating. I even did a book report on it (sophmore year) and got a 98 on my entire project. One of my favorite books most deffinitly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone loves to hate on the Olsen twins, but you know what, we all make mistakes. They had their struggles, but they came out on top. They worked hard to get where they are and have a fantastic fashion line to be proud of. I really love the concept of this book: Being able to interview successful people who have inspired you in life and get to know them even better. Who wouldn't want to do that? I'm a sucker for fashion and really enjoyed learning about the girls themselves and the people who inspired them, how they got to where they are now. It's encouraging since some of them started out as lost as myself career wise but now have so much to be proud of. Love it♥
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic coffee tabel book! Great to see that these girl grew up and took an interest in a subject and got an education. Shows who they are as people, like and other American! T
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed the book a lot! it was a little different than i thought it would be, but it was great overall
ClareS More than 1 year ago
This is a very heartfelt book portrayed by both girls. I can image the planning, time and effort it took to accomplish all of the interviews included. I also love all of the personal pictures gathered and shared by each girl including the massive photo shoot done with each girl personally. I love the introduction page before each of their personal photo shoot spreads. Mary Kate wrote about Ashley and Ashley wrote about Mary Kate. Really cool. The featured iconic fashions and home design throughout the book will be treasured by me as a reminder of each designers skills and influence. The interviews with the designers and artists are revealing, educational and interesting. I loved every page of this book and have poured over it again and again. This project was certainly a labor of love.
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