Looking for 70s Chanel? Try the vintage collection of Olsen twins


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have impeccable taste when it comes to vintage fashion.

There’s no doubt about it – take a look at one of their Met Gala red carpet appearances over the past decade, for which they’ve styled their hair in signature creations. archives from Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and more.

Now, through their luxury fashion label The Row, the Olsen twins offer rare designer pieces handpicked from their own personal collections.

The selected pieces are as impressive as they are expensive: there are Chanel jackets, Yohji Yamamoto culottes, a John Galliano kimono dress and several 90s coats from Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons to browse.

Each piece reflects the twins’ distinctive refined styles, shaped by their appreciation of subtle details, luxurious fabrics and the favorite color of black. Like The Row’s designs, which were recently sported by Kendall Jenner, the Olsens’ treasured vintage pieces aren’t eye-catching or heavily branded. They work more on the basis of “If you know, you know”.

They were even organized that way. The designers were helped by vintage fashion expert Marie Blanchet, who worked at Vestiaire Collective and now runs the Meghan Markle-approved William Vintage boutique, as well as her own business, Mon Vintage. Fashion fans who know their history will revel in authentic pieces such as the Pierre Cardin cape for example or the Chanel 1970 skirt.

Thirty vintage fashion pieces are now available The Row website, with prices available on request. Even if you’re not shopping, the collection offers an intimate insight into the world of the Olsen twins, renowned for their reclusiveness. They rarely give interviews, they are not on social media and they avoid the paparazzi. All of this, of course, only arouses the curiosity of fans.

The collection also shows how far the twins are ahead of the curve. They’ve been collecting vintage pieces for two decades, long before the Kardashians made headlines wearing vintage Alexander McQueens or Versaces.

They bought them at vintage boutiques and flea markets in New York, Paris, Los Angeles and more (Read: Many of their aforementioned Met Gala looks were picked up at the Lily et Cie boutique in Beverly Hills.) In The Row’s flagship stores, the twins have always shown their love for antique furniture and vintage accessories.

Now that the world has finally caught up with the joys of thrift shopping, the Olsen twins are finally bringing old clothes to The Row as well. It’s one of the few luxury brands to have jumped into the resale market so far: there’s also Gucci, which has teamed up with TheRealReal to sell pre-loved pieces; as well as Miu Miu, which launched a collection of upcycled vintage dresses. Still, you can bet the list will grow in the months to come.

Header image courtesy of The Row
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