Are Kendall And Kylie Jenner The Next Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen?
In case you missed it/have been stranded on an island/haven’t paid your internet bill in ages, Kendall and Kylie Jenner have officially launched their first-ever, fully designed clothing collection. Unlike their collabs with Topshop and PacSun, the line features pieces inspired by Kendall’s real life classic-cool style and Kylie’s edgy streetwear looks. The interesting part? When discussing their new collection with WWD, Kendall said, “’It reminds me of a Mary-Kate and Ashley kind of thing,’ she said of the effort to create a line that could eventually exist apart from their famous names and faces. ’If it just kind of continues to grow like that…’ before her sister finished, ’it’ll just get better and better.'”
That statement really got us thinking: Are Kendall and Kylie going to be the next Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen? Considering their new collection is at a higher price point and aims to be in stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom just like The Row (the Olsen’s couture label); won’t feature the girls modeling their own designs (just like MK and Ashley); and is headed up by the former creative director of Elizabeth and James (the Olsen’s vintage-inspired retail brand), we’ve got some pretty strong evidence that the Jenners are totally following in their footsteps. Let’s take a closer look.
They both started out in television.
Everyone knows the Olsens began their acting career on Full House and then made their transition into highly-successful direct-to-video films, while the Jenners grew up onscreen thanks to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Both sets of sisters successfully transitioned out of their awkward stages in front of thousands and thousands of people. Bless their little hearts.
They became financially independent at a young age.
When Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were just 18, their wealth reached an estimated $137 million each, and their annual revenue was about $1 billion, according to USA Today. The Kardashian-Jenner clan have a rumored $300 million between them, and Kylie’s recent $2.7 million mansion purchase proves she’s certainly doing well–not to mention the fact that she’s been financially independent since the age of 14.
They added modeling to their resume.
Even though the Olsens weren’t known strictly for their modeling chops, they certainly pulled out all the poses when needed–like for their StyleMint T-shirt line, shown above. Kendall and Kylie started out modeling for brands like Sherri Hill and Abbey Dawn back in the day, but now Kendall is one of the most sought-after runway and campaign models of 2015.
They’re both published authors.
In 2008, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen released Influence, a book that features interviews, advice and sketches from fashion industry insiders, and last summer, Kendall and Kylie decided to go the fiction route for their debut novel, Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia, which is “a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls who embark on a journey together.”
They released big-box store clothing collections before starting their own labels.
Before MK and Ashley became the fashion icons they are today, they sold a clothing and beauty line at Wal-Mart for the 4 to 14 age demo, while Kendall and Kylie collabed with PacSun for a Cali-cool line of jeans, tees and dresses.
They both landed high-fashion campaigns.
In 2006, the Olsen sisters got a major high-fashion gig to model Badgley Mischka’s couture gowns at just 19 years old, and a couple weeks ago, the Jenners were featured in Balmain’s steamy fall campaign side by side.
They released their own higher-end labels.
Mary-Kate and Ashley launched their luxury label, The Row, in 2006, and nearly 10 years later, won Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Fashion Awards. They also have a retail label, Elizabeth and James, which they started in 2007. Even though Kendall and Kylie’s namesake brand hasn’t been fully released yet, their higher-priced line plans to follow the same vein of the Olsens–by not modeling the clothes on themselves.
“Designing is something that we’ve always wanted to do, and I think it’s really cool to kind of step back and put the looks together and be a part of the shoot when it’s a different model modeling it and actually being the creative person behind it,” Kendall told WWD about their new collection. “And to make it more about the clothes,” added Kylie.
So, what do you think–are Kendall and Kylie going to be the next Mary-Kate and Ashley fashion industry icons? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!