“Influence” – Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen (4/5 ★)

As far as the format of this book goes – it’s much better than what I’ve expected it to be. What I’ve thought would just be a narrative about the lives of the Olsen twins, led on by their portraits embellishing the cover, turned out to be something completely different. A gorgeous book full of inspiring interviews with influential people working in the art, fashion and design industry. Diane von Furstenberg, John Galliano, Lauren Hutton, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Loboutin or Terry Richardson… Each of them had a story to tell (some more compelling than others) and each of them at least had a little detail after which you could say, “Ok, well at least reading this wasn’t a complete waste of time…”

The thing I enjoyed the most during the reading & browsing experience was the layout. It was simply beyond incredible! I’ve been taking snapshots of countless pages as inspiration, this is pretty much what I want a book to look like, if there’s ever one released under my name 😀 Take a mix of polaroid snapshots, gorgeous high quality photographs, stunningly arranged collages, with some surprisingly added in scans of letters or other memorabilia. And there you go, perfection at your fingertips. Oh and the typography. That was just love at first sight.

The only thing which was a bit of disappointment are the interview skills and techniques of the Olsens’. They were the ones leading the talks with all the participants of this collection of “influence” stories. I believe that if they would’ve been thought through and prepared with a bit more details, the full potential of storytelling would have been taken advantage of, rather than just barely scratching the surface.

All in all, it’s just been a huge pleasure every time I held the book in my hands, so I’d rate it with a well deserved 4 out of 5 stars. For the twins age of 22 back when the book has been put together, it definitely turned out well. Though my biggest shout out goes to people like Rodrigo Corral & Ben Wiseman (the art director & designer of the book)!

★★★★☆ (4/5)

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