The fashion industry is guilty of some serious Olsen worship, putting the twin designers up on a pedestal as the rare celebrity designers whose clothes are worth wearing.
But Fashionista managed to find one industry insider who isn't jumping to put Mary-Kate and Ashley on a cover, seat them in a front row or kiss their well-heeled feet. Celebrity stylist Lysa Cooper actually dared to criticize the golden twins, albeit in a backhanded way:
"The only [celebrity line] that's any good, and I hate to say it, are our girls, the twins. The Row. But the reason that works, is because they hired designers. They [the twins] 'yay' or 'nay' [the concepts]. And they are the best line at ripping off other lines that I've ever seen."
Other celebrities-turned-designers have been accused of ripping off other fashion professionals on their way to the top, most notably Victoria Beckham, who was accused of getting Roland Mouret to design her line.
But Cooper's critique is the first time we've heard The Row accused of such a thing -- in fact, it's one of the first critiques we've heard of The Row at all. Criticism of the Olsens' line focuses mainly on its pricing (you'll all recall the $39,000 backpack) and... well, that's basically it. Fashion editors adore The Row, praising its simple, understated glamour. In fact, the only other fault we can find is that the line might be too simple and lacking in style signatures.
Which means it's difficult to identify who exactly the twin designers are ripping off. The inventor of leather leggings? The brains behind solid-colored blouses?
The celebs who aren't doing as well as MK and A:
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
Victoria Beckham Collection
Ready-To-Wear Jessica Simpson Collection at Dillard's
Heidiwood For Anchor Blue
Rich and Infamous Clothing Line
Miley Cyrus Wal-mart Clothing Line
Sarah Jessica Parker
House of Harlow 1960
Beyonce and Tina Knowles
House of Dereon
Kimora Lee Simmons
Savanna and Sienna Miller
Twenty8Twelve collection at Selfridges
Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala
Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show in Paris
Queen Collection with HSN
Kourtney, Kim And Khloe Kardashian
Kardashian Kollection at Sears
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian
Pharrell Williams and Nigo
Billionaire Boys Club
Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Lifestyle Brands at Kohl's
Serena Williams Fashion Line for HSN
Russell Simmons Argyle Culture
Abbey Dawn By Avril Lavigne
Lindsay Lohan as Artistic Director of Ungaro ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2010
Lauren Conrad Collection at Bloomingdale's
"Stuff" by Hilary Duff for Target
LL Cool J
LL Cool J Collection for Sears
Elizabeth Hurley Beach Boutique
Sean 'Diddy' Combs
The Steve Harvey Collection at JCPenny
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee at Wal-mart
Lil' Romeo and Master P
"No Limit Clothing"
Carlos Santana for Macy's
Helena Bonham Carter
Alexa Chung for Madewell
Dream Out Loud for Kmart