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FabSugar Talks to Mary-Kate Olsen About Elizabeth and James, The Row, Starbucks, Shoes, and Mutual Friends

Catching Up With Mary-Kate

Here's how Mary-Kate's week went last week: Tuesday, CelebStyle is giving away pieces from the Elizabeth and James jewelry line; Wednesday, chatted with Fab while drinking a non-vanilla iced latte; Wednesday night, partied with fashion folks at Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld exhibition; Thursday, attended Proenza Schouler's Fall show while wearing a pair of shoes from Elizabeth and James's shoe collection; Saturday, attended the Independent Spirit awards in Proenza shoes. Whew. See how it's all intertwined? It had to be fate, then, that led me and Mary-Kate to a surprise convo at the Elizabeth and James design studio in NYC.I had an appointment to see the highly anticipated Elizabeth and James shoes and to preview the Summer clothing collection. No silly, not with Mary-Kate, she just happened to pop by when I was getting the scoop. Intros were made, Fab stood in shock.

To hear the rest about my surprise MK meeting,


Then we talked all things Olsen. Me, sipping on my GNC smoothie, her sipping her non-vanilla iced latte (she asked the deliverer to make sure it wasn't vanilla — are you getting this, Yum?). We then talked shoes. I can't reveal more pictures yet, but the finely crafted shoes come in either very flat or very heeled form — no in between. My favorites were the pony hair loafers and black suede ruched d'orsay open toe sandals. The Steve Madden team is very involved with manufacturing, sourcing, and distributing the shoes but with the girls’ aesthetic and the Elizabeth and James shoe designer, they are very different from the Steve Madden shoe lines. The shoes are very well made, being produced in China, Mexico, Brazil and Italy, and a price point below heavyweight heels like Louboutin or Manolo. MK spoke about how Ashley was inspired by a trip to Greece and hence created the gladiator sandals.

We then chatted about the quick success of The Row's menswear launch; MK was surprised it took off so fast. I swear, everything they touch turns to gold. We also talked about a friend of mine who worked as their illustrator on their junior line in LA — she said to say hi Jevon! Lastly, she was wearing the Balenciaga sandals in the photo on the left, black holey legging/tights, and an oversize black sweater. She was very polite and mellow. Hope you enjoyed catching up with Mary-Kate — I did!

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nisa-young nisa-young 7 years
karen-zoo karen-zoo 7 years
Also - love her shoes in picture 2. Anyone know what brand they are ......?
karen-zoo karen-zoo 7 years
Awesome! Love Mary-Kate.
Fashion Fashion 7 years
kirsten: Here it is! What a cutie. :)
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 7 years
That is so amazing, Fab! She looks hot in that 3rd picture!
kirsten kirsten 7 years
that dress pasted below the starbucks... WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
four-eyes four-eyes 7 years
Lucky you! I wish I had your job!
emalove emalove 7 years
That's great, Fab :)
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 7 years
God, you have the coolest job! I'm in love with the cream/light pink dress in the middle og two of the MK pictures... sigh
Molly Molly 7 years
So cool! Love MK.
loudserenity loudserenity 7 years
how awesome!!!! i heart the olsens, of course. i love love love love love love love LOVE the shoes in the middle pic of her.
miss-malone miss-malone 7 years
Oh that must have been so much fun! :) She looks wonderful, and I looooove her black dress on the right!
dtho dtho 7 years
Love her first and third outfit!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Sounds nice!
syako syako 7 years
Cool story fab! I love it. It's GREAT to know those shoes are made in Italy. Good for them for sticking with quality.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Wow! How cool of a surprise was that??
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