Mary-Kate Olsen and her boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy watched the New York Knicks play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. It seems Olivier and Mary-Kate didn't want to hide their affection, as they hugged, kissed, and laughed throughout the match, which the Knicks won. Olivier also had his two children along for the sporting event. Since getting together with Olivier in the Spring, Mary-Kate has spent plenty of time with the Sarkozy kids, whose mom is Olivier's ex-wife Charlotte Bernard. In fact, one of the first times Olivier and Mary-Kate were spotted together was at a Knicks game back in April.
Anna Wintour's townhouse in the West Village lost power during Hurricane Sandy, so she — and a number of other industry types who live in lower Manhattan — headed uptown for safety at one of two upscale hotels.
Wintour reportedly ended up at The Mark, a five-star hotel on 77th Street at Madison Avenue. Carine Roitfeld and her son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld are also there, as are Marc Jacobs and Helena Christensen. Hotelier André Balazs was spotted dining at the hotel's restaurant.
The Carlyle hotel, just a block away at 76th and Madison, is the temporary home of Grace Coddington, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Olsen's boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy. According to Derek Blasberg, he's also holed up at The Carlyle with Karlie Kloss, Lily Donaldson, and Poppy Delevingne.
While the close proximity of some of the most influential people in the industry might simply be a matter of coincidence, the hotels they're staying in do have places in fashion history. Vera Wang's first boutique, opened in 1990, is located on the ground floor of The Carlyle. Meanwhile, The Mark is a popular place for celebrities to get ready for the Met Gala, as it's conveniently located not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
And what of those who didn't head to hotels? Mickey Boardman is staying with his friend Marjorie Gubelmann and Garance Doré headed to an unspecified "uptown camp" so she could keep her site running. Nicola Formichetti bucked the trend and traveled south to Williamsburg, where he found "power, lights, food and Internet!"
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stepped out for a sisterly day of shopping in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC today. The 26-year-old twins were both dressed for a chilly Fall day, with Mary-Kate in a black furry coat and boots and Ashley in white stripes and flats.
Last night, Mary-Kate and Ashley attended WSJ. Magazine's Innovator of the Year awards alongside celebrities including Julianne Moore. The ceremony was held at NYC's Museum of Modern Art, and the sisters' clothing line The Row was recognized for being this year's fashion innovator. Mary-Kate and Ashley celebrated last night's win with a girls-only trip today, but earlier this month they were spotted having lunch with Mary-Kate's boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy. Things seem to be heating up for the couple, and there are rumors circling that Mary-Kate and Olivier might move in together soon.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen joined Julianne Moore last night at WSJ. Magazine's Innovator of the Year awards. The bash was held at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In addition to the innovator being honored, it was a big night for the editorial staff at the magazine — WSJ's new editor Kristina O'Neill, formerly of Harper's Bazaar, was in attendance, too. Mary-Kate and Ashley's line The Row was recognized by WSJ. for being the fashion innovator of the year, and their statue was presented by the Tribeca Film Festival's cofounder Jane Rosenthal.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Rebecca Minkoff is now moonlighting as a contributing editor for InStyle. She'll write an advice column called Ask a Designer for the magazine over the next six months. [WWD]
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's label The Row has been named one of WSJ. Magazine's Innovators of the Year. "The twin designers display an eye for nearly monastic classicism that's redefining American luxury," the magazine says. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- McDonald's is suing the city of Milan, claiming it was forced out of its location there to make way for a Prada store. [Vogue UK]
- The massive $20 million class action suit between models and a variety of New York modeling agencies isn't the industry's only big court case. Ford has sued Women Model Management for "poaching" two of its rising stars, Alana Zimmer and Karolina Waz. [NY Post]
- In other courtroom news, a lawsuit has exposed the "Aircraft Standards" to which the male stewards on Abercrombie CEO Michael Jeffries's private jet must adhere. The guys on Jeffries's flight staff must wear flip-flops, pop the collars of their polo shirts, and always respond to requests from the boss with "No problem." [Bloomberg]
- A few British tabloids have reported that Ben Stiller offered Lady Gaga some $5 million to appear in the sequel to his seminal '90s modeling comedy Zoolander. [Fashionista]
- Lovers of colorful staple pieces, rejoice! Uniqlo will debut its online store next week. [The Cut]
Mary-Kate Olsen hit the town in NYC last night to attend the Studio in a School's 35th Anniversary Gala at the Seagram Building. Mary-Kate supports the Studio in a School organization, which brings creative adults into NYC public schools, day care centers, and community organizations to increase children's exposure to the arts. Mary-Kate didn't have her boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy, on her arm at the event, but she did mingle with friends like Vera Wang, model Jessica Hart, socialite Stavros Niarchos, Girls star Jemima Kirke, and art dealer Vito Schnabel. Over the weekend, though, Mary-Kate and her French boyfriend, Olivier, were out on the town for a lunch date with her twin sister, Ashley Olsen.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen paired up to have lunch with Mary-Kate's boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy, at Sant Ambroeus in the West Village on Saturday. The trio dined at the NYC hot spot before leaving together. Things seem to be heating up for Mary-Kate and Olivier, who reportedly have plans to move into Olivier's East Village home once renovations are completed. Mary-Kate and Ashley's weekend outing came during a break from their busy work schedule. They showed their The Row and Elizabeth & James collections at New York Fashion Week last month, and they have plans to release a fragrance this Spring.
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen have already taken the fashion world by storm with their designs, and now the duo is tackling the beauty arena with a new fragrance deal. Mary-Kate and Ashley will debut an Elizabeth and James-branded scent this March at Sephora. "We look forward to bringing the modern perspective and fashion philosophy of Elizabeth and James designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to life with this prestige fragrance," Michael McGeever of Sephora Originals, told WWD. This isn't the Olsen's first foray into beauty, however. Previously they orchestrated beauty launches for Walmart including fragrances and body sprays. But while those were aimed at a more youthful audience, this Elizabeth and James collaboration is sure to be all grown up. This announcement comes after their stellar Spring 2013 showing at New York Fashion Week, and it will be interesting to see how they translate their casual-chic design aesthetic into aromatic notes.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen provided much-needed respite from the usual hectic scene during NYFW, presenting their Elizabeth and James Spring '13 collection in an intimate, serene setting at Industria Studios. The vibe was cool and relaxed, just like the collection itself, which showed off the sisters' penchant for designing tailored pieces with an effortless edge and a much bigger jewelry assortment featuring exotic beaded bracelets, wooden bangles, and covetable eyewear. Trenches were made in crisp linen, taffeta trousers emanated a soft sheen, and washed silk tops were draped just perfectly so. While the majority of the separates were bare of any prints, a crop of beautifully tailored jacquard printed blazers and slim-fit trousers added an exotic element to the line. We especially loved the worldly, luxe feel of the orchid-hued blazer paired with cropped wide-leg taffeta trousers. And every look was paired with strappy, multicolored flats, proving that you don't need to be in heels to look sleek and sophisticated.
- Trends: Jacquard prints, loose trousers, shiny finishes.
- Colors: White, magenta, light peach, black, copper, coral, blue.
- Key Piece: The orchid jacquard printed blazer, magenta taffeta pants, and metallic sandals were a perfect pairing.
- Accessories: Multicolored flat sandals, oversized tribal earrings, cat-eye sunglasses, large wooden stacked bangles.
- Who Should Wear It: These effortlessly luxe pieces fit the personality of girls like Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, and, of course, their sister Elizabeth Olsen.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have mastered the art of luxurious and laid-back styling, so it comes as no surprise — but it's certainly a welcome one — that The Row's Spring offerings are a slick combination of the two ideals. Silky wide-leg trousers, long tailored blazers (some adorned with pom-pom embellishments), column dresses, and robe-like overcoats all made the minimalist-tinged cut. Check out the all the pictures from The Row's Spring 2013 collection, and come back soon for our full review.