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    they have worked with it since
    they were six. “[On Full House] we'd be in six-hour fittings three times a week, because we had to wear 12 different outfits,” Ashley recalls. The majority of the wardrobe was made up of adult pieces, including Chanel and Marc Jacobs, cut to fit. “We were designing clothes for ourselves as we were so petite,” Mary-Kate adds. “So I think that is when we became obsessed with fit, and now the obsession has become a profession.”

    When the Olsens moved to New York from California in 2004, their personal aesthetic – named “Hobo” by the tabloids who followed them relentlessly – didn’t seem to suggest an obsession with fit. Their tiny frames were swamped in heavy knits, huge scarves, flannel shirts, pavement-dragging skirts and clumpy Balenciaga wedges. They have since said that it was simply a reaction to being cold in the East Coast weather, but the current FW13 grunge revival owes as much to them as it does to the

    original Seattle movement. At The Edit’s shoot, they arrive in a more refined version of that look: Mary-Kate in a black maxi teamed with a white button-down The Row shirt; Ashley in black layers enveloped in a holey scarf. (“I wear my clothes hard,” she explains.)

    The name-calling paparazzi aren’t as much of a problem as they once were. “There is a threshold in New York, and once you pass that and are considered a New Yorker, they leave you alone,” says Ashley. “But we’re at the office every day, then home or out for dinner, so there aren’t the opportunities for them to take pictures. For the most part you try and avoid it… [I do], at least.”

    Mary-Kate is the more photographed of the two, but then she is perfect pap fodder – early

    “We were DESIGNING clothes for ourselves [as children]. We became OBSESSED with FIT”

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