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PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 September, 2011, 12:00am

Once known as the terrible twins of critically reviled TV show Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have transformed themselves from straight-to-video one-timers into a fashion force.

At times celebrated by the press (The New York Times gushed over Mary-Kate's 'homeless' look) and at times loathed (Ashley made PETA's 2006 Worst Dressed List), their hit-and-miss approach hasn't hurt their career.

Experimenting with collections over the years (including a Wal-Mart line aimed at teens), it culminated in the 2007 launch of high-end The Row. Mixing new pieces with vintage, big-brands with unknown looks, their first collection stressed minimalism.

It was a hard style to define, but New York Magazine came closest, cleverly dubbing it a mix between contrasting icons Edith Beale, Johnny Depp, Balenciaga and John Galliano. In the years since, they've continued to wow critics with their understated yet luxurious collection: chic conduroy jackets, subtle slipdresses and furs all turned heads in last year's autumn line.

And their foray into accessories looks like another step forward for the twins.

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