Monday, March 16, 2009

Mary-Kate Olsen unveils a dramatic new look

She's the child star who's grown up in public, so every image change is a big deal.

Mary-Kate Olsen transformed into a grungy teen from the schmaltzy child star in the Full House show that made her famous - and now she's moving into adulthood.

The actress twin, now 21, unveiled an edgy new look at the Metropolitan Opera's gala in New York last night.

Seemingly inspired by an early Madonna and Courtney Love, she worked tousled blonde curls, bold red lips and smoky eyes as she arrived for the event.

The experimental look has already won praise from fashion quarters, with Elle magazine noting they 'love it', adding it was 'much more grown-up and polished - but not too groomed.'
Mary-Kate led a host of stars at the Yves Saint Laurent sponsored event, including supermodel Claudia Schiffer, Ugly Betty star Becki Newton, actresses Claire Danes and Diane Kruger along with singer Kanye West.

The event honored the company's 125-year history, previewed its current stars in upcoming roles, and found time to pay tribute to Placido Domingo's 40 years at the house.

Her twin sister Ashley sat out the evening and Mary-Kate was instead accompanied by a male companion.

The Olsens, who built a billion dollar merchandise empire based on their hit TV shows, such as Full House and Two Of A Kind in the Nineties, are now fixtures on the fashion scene.

They now have their own fashion lines and are widely considered style icons in their own right.

The duo's latest collection of their casual clothing line, Elizabeth & James, hit London's Selfridges late last year.

The first collection launched in the UK in March 2008 and was a huge success. The pair have also signed a deal to create a line of shoes, too.

Their line The Row is stocked in well-respected stores globally, and causes even the most cynical of fashion editors to foam at the mouth.

It went on sale in Harvey Nichols three years ago and is now a staple for the store, not just among young fans but sophisticated women, too.

When it comes to fashion Mary-Kate, who battled anorexia as a teen, prefers create trends rather than follow them.

She says: 'I can't stand looking like everybody else.'