Ashley Olsen: A lot of celebrities get involved because they want to slap their name on it and it will add to their brand. And for us, it was totally different. That wasn't my point. For me, when I look at it as a celebrity brand, it's almost silly to me, because I'm not coming at it from a celebrity standpoint.
Isaac Mizrahi: I think that to be stylish you have to connect to something and love it. And have a place for it in your closet and think about it and wake up and try it on. I mean, that's style. After a while a girl who borrows dresses all the time just can't have style. It's not a collection, it's just "hold on, I need to take pictures tonight." I'm sorry, that's not it. And I'm not judging people, I like it, it's fun. You know, but after a while you wonder if these people actually go to a store and buy something at full price.
Robin Givhan: I can't answer that question because you have no sense that any of them are actually dressing themselves. Their stylists are.
Mizrahi: It's hard to say. I do think people are beautiful. Honestly, I've actually booked girls [for a fashion show] that weren't obese, they were real girls. Like gorgeous anatomy. And one was a stripper. And you could feel the energy in the room just go down. Closed the books. Pens went down. They were angry. I could feel the anger. And I never did it again, because I thought Why bother? It takes a lot to rile women. It takes like actual breasts. Someone with implants, they're fine. Yes, you're right. Fashion advertisements are hateful. Hateful. Yeah, but they wouldn't do it unless it worked, right? It works.
On Michelle Obama having an effect on fashion.
Givhan: She has had impact in that she set an example for a lot of women who are over the age of 30 who felt disenfranchised by the fashion industry. And I think she is perfect example to them that you can incorporate fashion into your lives, and what makes you look good doesn't necessarily negate your I.Q. And unfortunately, for a lot of people there is the idea that if you show a lot of interest in fashion, particularly in our nation's capital, that you also can't keep statistics in your head.
Mizrahi: And I will add to that, the First Lady is an actual woman. She doesn't have a tiny thigh, she doesn't have a huge thigh, she has a real thigh. That's a great role model.
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