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90 Reasons to Celebrate Mary-Kate and Ashley's Style

Aug 12 2015 - 6:20am

We spent our childhoods doing our best to channel Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's colorful onscreen style [1], and the duo has come a long way since they were Winning London and Switching Goals. These days, instead of getting attention for their time in front of the camera, the stylish sisters [2] are winning accolades for their work as fashion designers. The veteran entrepreneurs have helmed multiple clothing lines and a handbag collection that has the fashion world talking (and shopping).

After Mary-Kate and Ashley scored two prestigious CFDA Award nominations this year, the duo took home the prize [3] for womenswear designer of the year for their work on The Row. Add that to their previous win in 2012, and it's clear that these two continue to set the trends. And if you want a little extra proof that the duo deserves their win, all you need to do is take a look back at their trendsetting red carpet style. Each sister has developed a look that's all her own — Ashley tends more towards sleek minimalism, and Mary Kate pioneered bohemian chic — but together they have attracted legions of fans who worship there unique style. Read on for 90 inspiring moments that prove that when it comes to (t)winning, it takes two.

— Additional reporting by Mandi Villa

Twinning combo: The duo donned what they called "f*ck it flats" [4] while accepting their award for womenswear designers of the year at the 2015 CFDA Awards.

Twinning combo: M-K and A brought the drama in all black at the 2015 Met Gala.

Twinning combo: Cozy coats were the style of choice at the 2015 CFDA announcement party.

Twinning combo: The high-style sisters showed minimal skin while attending the World of Children Awards in 2014.

Twinning combo: At the 2014 CFDA awards, the duo covered up in demure dresses.

Twinning combo: So bright, they've gotta wear shades. Ashley and Mary-Kate accessorized their March 2011 Metropolitan Opera looks with matching oversize round sunglasses.

Twinning combo: Both girls wore eye-catching jackets and no-fuss beach waves for Nine's New York premiere in December 2009.

Twinning combo: For the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards, both girls kicked it into high gear with high-shine pieces.

Twinning combo: At the 2014 Met Gala, the Olsens went vintage and voluminous.

Twinning combo: Mary-Kate and Ashley exuded schoolgirl charm while visiting the MuchOnDemand TV studio in Toronto in March 2009.

Twinning combo: For the 2013 Met Gala, the style-setters upped the drama with vintage selections.

Twinning combo: If black is the color of power, then the Olsens were reigning queens at the J. Mendel show during Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.

Twinning combo: Once again proving it's all about a statement coat at amfAR's Fall 2010 Fashion Week kickoff party.

Twinning combo: For Balenciaga's 2006 Paris launch, the girls styled two different but equally chic cropped coats with their black-on-black looks.

Twinning combo: The girls coordinated more than their sheer monochromatic ensembles, both opting for white clutches and blackout shades for the Broadway opening of Lend Me a Tendor in April 2010.

Twinning combo: Donning exquisite couture creations, both girls followed the "Model as Muse" theme at the 2009 Costume Institute Gala.

Twinning combo: The duo looked absolutely stunning in peekaboo Diane von Furstenberg gowns while posing next to Christian Louboutin on the 2008 Met Gala red carpet.

Twinning combo: The sisters jazzed up their signature all-black looks with luxe fur toppers at WWD's 100 Anniversary celebration in November 2010.

Twinning combo: For the 2002 LA premiere of Austin Powers in Goldmember, the Cali-cool combo styled their coordinating butterfly-print tops with black basics.

Twinning combo: In May 2010, MK&A married prints and patterns at The Art of Elysium and Versus's "Bright Lights" fundraiser in NYC.

Twinning combo: The stylish sisters had tails wagging in two plunging belted gowns at the 2007 Costume Institute Gala in NYC.

Twinning combo: For the 2006 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, the girls donned Autumn-friendly hues and textured box clutches.

Twinning combo: The blond duo posed in cinched dresses and black tights for the JCPenney's Best of Spring Showcase in March 2010.

Twinning combo: At the 2009 CFDA new members reception, the darling duo polished their gorgeous gowns with ornate jackets.

Twinning combo: During Spring 2005 New York Fashion Week, the Olsens proved the power of statement outerwear, bundling up in two noteworthy coats.

Twinning combo: The designing sisters celebrated their 2012 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in rich hues and silky silhouettes, both by The Row.

Twinning combo: For the Fresh Air Fund's Salute to American Heroes event in July 2012, the twins coordinated their cocktail-chic ensembles, both by The Row, by choosing sleek hues at opposite ends of the color spectrum.

Twinning combo: For Vanity Fair's Tribeca Film Festival party, the twins chose girlie prints and hues.

Twinning combo: It was all about leather jackets and black maxis for the Giambattista Valli Fall/Winter 2007 show during Paris Fashion Week.

Twinning combo: The girls took in the Chanel Fall/Winter 2008 show with killer eyewear.

Twinning combo: Both girls nailed the goth-glam vibe for the 2007/2008 Chanel Cruise Show in Santa Monica.

Twinning combo: The twins made a statement in printed separates for Starsky & Hutch's LA premiere.

Twinning combo: You would have to be blind to miss the coordination the girls had going for Vanity Fair's 2002 Oscars party.

Twinning combo: The blond style-setters played with proportions at a 2007 Hampton Social event.

Twinning combo: For the Dior ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2007 fashion show, the blond stunners bundled up in luxe fabrics.

Twinning combo: The girls brought their effortlessly cool style to the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, styling ladylike dresses with a dash of flair.

Twinning combo: In October 2012, the Olsen sisters hit the WSJ Magazine's Innovator of the Year Awards in moody hues, both by The Row.

Twinning combo: Proving their expertise in mixing eclectic prints with textures, Mary-Kate and Ashley turned heads at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Twinning combo: During an August 2009 Elizabeth and James presentation in Toronto, the girls paired their Summer basics with embellished platform sandals.

Twinning combo: Each girl put her own twist on cute yet casual styling for Antony Micallef's debut LA Show, Impure Idols, in September 2007.

Twinning combo: High-wattage prints and high-octane hues were the look of choice at the 32nd American Image Awards in 2010.

Twinning combo: For the NYC premiere of New York Minute, the leading ladies coordinated in earth tones and feminine fabrics.

Twinning combo: At the 2011 Met Gala, the pint-size trendsetters opted for gowns with Spanish influence.

Twinning combo: Mary-Kate and Ashley showed yet another example of their fashion prowess, working Winter-ready looks for the seventh annual Art + Photography Auction Benefit in 2006.

Twinning combo: Midi dresses and stacks of accessories were all the rage for The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast in December 2003.

Twinning combo: For the 2009 Opening Ceremony Japan opening reception party (phew, that was a mouthful), it was all about the accessories — lace ears, embellished bags, and killer shades, to be exact.

Twinning combo: For a 2008 NYC book signing, both girls proved neutral separates can be just as stylish as their printed and textured counterparts.

Twinning combo: The girls beat the Winter blues in brilliant coordinating gowns at the 2005 ACE Awards in NYC.

Twinning combo: The twins doubled down on texture and embellishments during a launch dinner for The Row in 2007.

Twinning combo: During a 2008 LA book signing for Influence, the twins turned up the edge with pops of leather.

Twinning combo: Complementing furs and matching leather totes were the girls' look of choice for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in 2003.

Twinning combo: The girls offset their grown-up gowns with sweet, tousled curls for an amfAR event in 2005.

Twinning combo: The girls donned borrowed-from-the-boys looks for an April 2011 Textile Elizabeth and James event in Beverly Hills.

Twinning combo: Mary-Kate and Ashley chose lovely lace numbers for the Chanel Costume Institute Gala opening in May 2005.

Twinning combo: For a December 2006 charity event, Mary-Kate and Ashley stepped out with a dash of feminine detail added to their all-black ensembles.

Twinning combo: For Christian Louboutin's November 2011 soiree the girls styled all-black ensembles with statement-making shoes.

Twinning combo: It was all about a statement-making shoe for the JCP People Stylewatch event in September 2011.

Twinning combo: For the 2004 Kids' Choice Awards, Mary-Kate and Ashley beat the Spring blues in navy-based styles.

Twinning combo: The girls have mastered the art of monochromatic dressing as shown by this front-row look during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012.

Twinning combo: The honorees looked picture perfect in silky pastel dresses and prim pumps while accepting their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.

Twinning combo: At the 2007 In Style and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty, the blond beauties shined bright in metallic gowns.

Twinning combo: For the Hollywood premiere of New York Minute, Mary-Kate and Ashley channeled the roaring 20s in ladylike looks accessorized with strands of pearls.

Twinning combo: The girls sat front row at the Jenni Kayne Fall 2007 show donning plush fur outerwear.

Twinning combo: During Fall 2006 NYFW season, the designing duo opted for decadent gowns and soft curls.

Twinning combo: At the Hollywood premiere of Rush Hour 2, the duo styled silky halter tops with low-slung trousers and the same strappy sandals.

Twinning combo: The twins put their cool-girl spin on cargo pants at a Textile Elizabeth and James celebration in 2011.

Twinning combo: The girls made a serious case for the little white dress and long white gown at a November 2007 dinner.

Twinning combo: For the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards nominations, the designing duo amped up their signature styles with two different but equally cool kicks.

Twinning combo: The statement-making duo swapped their polished separates for cozy swing dresses at an LA trunk show.

Twinning combo: The Olsens celebrated Tim Burton at a November 2009 MOMA film benefit with quirky couture styles and matching black leather satchels.

Twinning combo: Both girls fused feminine separates with a dash of menswear flair at Coty's 100th anniversary celebration in New York City.

Twinning combo: A little crochet never hurt anyone. The girls celebrated the launch of MARKTBeauty.com in lots of boho-chic layers.

Twinning combo: The sisters donned draping black separates for the LA Jenni Kayne store opening in October 2007.

Twinning combo: For the 2010 ELLE Style Awards, Mary-Kate and Ashley chose sexy sheer-overlay gowns.

Twinning combo: Mary-Kate and Ashley styled washed denim with oversize cowboy belts and gauzy tops during a 2005 charity photocall in London.

Twinning combo: Ruffle-hemmed minis and blue peep-toe pumps were the ladies' looks of choice for the 2003 premiere of The Last Samurai in Hollywood.

Twinning combo: The girls had us dreaming of the tropics at the Charlie's Angels 2 — Full Throttle Hollywood premiere in 2003.

Twinning combo: The girls paired feminine dresses with pointed kitten heels while visiting MTV's TRL studio in May 2004.

Twinning combo: For the LA premiere of The Hangover, the girls evoked a simplistic '60s vibe.

Twinning combo: The girls donned contrasting column gowns for the 25th CFDA Fashion Awards in June 2007.

Twinning combo: Mary-Kate and Ashley visited the Toronto MuchMusic Studios in 2006 showcasing their knack for creating effortlessly chic ensembles.

Twinning combo: The dynamic duo upped the glam factor with feathered bags and red-hot lipstick at the 2006 Met Gala.

Twinning combo: At a 2001 Jive Records event, the girls mirrored each other's style with nameplate chokers, embellished belts, and strappy sandals.

Twinning combo: For their 2008 Elizabeth and James launch at Selfridges, Mary-Kate and Ashley proved the power of black leather.

Twinning combo: For the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, Mary-Kate and Ashley chose easy, breezy silhouettes in staple hues.

Twinning combo: Stacks of bracelets, slick black clutches, and strappy sandals? Check! The girls were ready to take on the big city in June 2007.

Twinning combo: Breezy beach waves tempered their moody gowns at the 2002 Emmy Awards.

Twinning combo: The girls attended The Hollywood Reporter's annual party in velour blazers and office-ready separates.

Twinning combo: The Olsens hit the NYC screening of Midnight in Paris oozing Parisian-chic sophistication.

Twinning combo: At the 2002 MTV VMAs, the Olsens partied the night away in age-appropriate ensembles.

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