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Influence Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 20, 2008

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (October 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514210X
  • ASIN: B005B19V62
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm torn on this. Let's start with the cover. It could be said that having two versions of the book, each with a different cover depending on which twin you end up with, is artistic. Since I am in the marketing business, I'll put that down to marketing - an attempt to make enthusiasts and collectors buy 2 copies (it works by the way, just look at the sales of magazine that do the same thing).

On the one hand this book contains some good insight into scions of the fashion world, but on the other hand it is yet another example of the efficient and admirable marketing machine that is the Olsen twins... yet it has very little of any substance that is built on their abilities or talent, and you start to wonder if they have any, other than the fact that they were born twins and cute. Without question they know how to market themselves and their product, and for that you have to admire them and their success, but when they stand next to the subjects of their interviews, what becomes very apparent is that they are not in that same class from an artistic and raw talent perspective, even though they are financially more successful than most of them. I think what the twins have managed to expose in this book is that they find themselves in a very privileged and fortunate position of power in the fashion industry because they have declared fashion their creative outlet through their Elizabeth & James line. They have access that many less fortunate, but far more talented purveyors of the craft, would kill for and as such they are able to parlay that into a book that seeks to elevate their credibility through association.
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So, I grew up with Mary Kate and Ashley, watched Full House and bought their movies. But, kids grow up. I outgrew them, they seemingly outgrew their targeted demographic and for anyone who paid attention to them, it was obvious.

Forward through their attempt at NYU to now. Ashley has all but dropped acting and now heads the Row, which is really fantastic. She has captured how to make couture lines wearable to the every day. She was the first person to put couture seams on a tee/tank. That's pretty remarkable for a now 22-year-old. Mary Kate is still acting (well) and does a good job with Elizabeth and James, their more affordable (though still expensive) line.

Basically, these are young women who grew up in fame, so their perspective on it is more jaded, deservedly. Moreover, they grew up admiring these people just like us, except they can actually afford them and go out with them. poor us.

Regardless, my point is these are girls that actually have a clue what they're talking about and they're asking questions that aren't entirely typical because they know how to dance around cliche questions. They've obviously been there.

There's a pretty heavy-handedness to Mary Kate's love of Warholian culture just in terms of who she interviews and the questions involved. Ashley, you can tell has more of a designer's appreciation for these people. She loves them like a wearer, but also can be considered a colleague, and I think that comes across from time to time.

If you have an interest in fashion, photography, the culture that surrounds that and you care about them in a way that you aren't looking for the next YSL biography, I'd definitely recommend this to you. Its a fantastic read and I think it really helps you get over the fact that these are the Olsen twins and now they're using their entity (read: influence) to prove their talent.
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If you are looking for a book on style or how to dress, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for a tell all book on the Olsen twins, this isn't the book for you. This book is so much more important than that. This book has taken some of the greatest artists of the last 50 years, from many different mediums, and captured them between its book covers and has offered it up to the world like some sort of intoxicating elixir.

It should come with a warning label: Beware - may cause instantaneous inspiration, artistic delusions, and swells of longing to be prolific. If you have any interest in fashion, photography, architecture, interior design, writing, or art, you should read this book. It should be on your bookshelf.

Trust me, after the first page your head will be swimming from reading under the Influence.
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I bought the book and I find it interesting and inspiring. Lots of beautiful, high-quality photos of the Olsens as well as of famous people and LOTS of fashion items - drawings, exhibits, artwork, etc. Also candid and revealing letters from famous people as well as personal letters from one Olsen twin to the other. And, of course, interviews of fashion icons and famous designers.
An inspiring, charming, and visually pleasing book.
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This is a sophisticated, beautiful book. The photography is wonderful. So is the layout. It isn't something that will tell you how to dress and where to shop. That isn't even the point of the book.
It was never going to satisfy the person who "seen" it in Urban Outfitter and it likely won't impress most who buy it because they are fans of the tv show. If you love, love, love style books by reality "stars" don't buy this book.
It's fantastic for someone who loves the history of fashion. For those who have watched their style evolve over the years. You will get an idea of how these two developed their sense of style and fashion based on people who have influenced them. Influenced. Get it?
You don't have to be a fan of the Olsen's as performers, or age 25 or younger to like this book. Just a true fashion history fan and someone who likes great pictures.
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