“ Genre: Biography / Author: Mary-Kate Olsen / Co-Author: Ashley Olsen / Publication Date: 2008 / Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd „
I used to be a huge Mary-Kate and Ashley fan (I had all their books, DVDs and merchandise etc), however after a while they seemed to have disappeared. Now, whilst I wouldn't say I am a huge fan anymore, I was interested to see what this book was about.
Influence is a book by American twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. In the book they talk about their fashion influences (the twins are now fashion designers) and interview fashion designers; Karl Lagerfied, Diane Von Furstenberg, John Galliano, Laurent Hutton and Christian Louboutin. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2008 and is currently selling for around £13.39 on Amazon which I do think is quite expensive.
As a lot of the book is based on the twins interviewing some famous fashion designers, the book isn't really about the twins, but more about fashion. I hadn't heard of most of the fashion designers they interview, and am not an extreme fashion fan anyway, so I didn't really enjoy this part. I think I would have preferred more interviews with the twins, rather than interviews with everyone else; at least then the book would have been 'more about' the twins.
Whilst the twins do seem to know a lot about fashion and know what they are talking about, however even though they are fashion designers now, it seems as though they were 'put where they were' because of who they are. I would have liked to have known more about how they got to be fashion designers and what they intend to do with the knowledge they have gained, rather than 'I like this designer, let's interview them, ah I like this one too, let's interview them'. It just seems to be, that if they wanted to speak to them, why couldn't they have asked them their questions in private, rather than having to print it as part of a book.
There are some beautiful photographs in this book which I enjoyed looking at. They were presented beautifully in montages etc. Definitely worth a look.
I would say that if you like fashion and admire the twins' fashion sense, then I would recommend this book. However, if you aren't that interested in fashion then I wouldn't really recommend this book, as is it isn't 'all about the Olsens' like I thought it would be.
Another thing about this book, is that it does make you want to become fashionable like the twins; just a shame that their fashion range is so unaffordable to us normal people.
I didn't really enjoy this book and so I wouldn't really recommend it.
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