Fashion loves a sibling act.
Before the Middleton sisters earned their style cred and way before any Hadid girl ever walked the runway, style lovers were all about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. From child stars to fashion phenoms, the Olsens broke so many barriers that it’s hard to keep track. Most notably, however, they have become some of the industry’s most respected designers, on par with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors (and they’ve got the CFDA Award to prove it!).
Now, another duo that’s been in the spotlight since infancy is primed to make some fashion noise: Jaden and Willow Smith.
The Smith kids have made it pretty clear that they’re style-obsessed. Willow recently nabbed a plum role modeling Marc Jacobs’ fall 2015 campaign, while Jaden just gave an interview to GQ, explaining his strange choice to wear a superhero costume to Kim Kardashian’s wedding and his prom (to “heighten my experience” and address the feeling that he “needed to protect everyone there and needed to have the proper gear to do so”).
While Jaden’s talked about wearing clothes of his own make before, the two have never spoken about an actual fashion line. Even so, if the House of Smith designs pop up in the future, no one can pretend to be surprised. The two have too much in common with the Olsen twins for it to not work.
They’re not afraid of stepping outside the box. Think about it: Did the world even know what whipping your hair back and forth meant before Willow popularized it? Likewise, MK&A made bag-lady chic a thing when they first moved to New York City.
When they can’t find what they want, they make it. The Row was first conceptualized as an answer to Ashley’s quest for the perfect T-shirt, and that need to make something for yourself is something Willow totally gets. She’s said she writes her own novels and then reads them.
They get the power of a sartorial moment. When Mary-Kate got engaged, there was no simple solitaire. The more boho twin opted for a serious statement piece from Cartier, bought vintage at Sotheby’s. For the Smith kids, there’s the whole superhero costume thing, worn most recently to his prom.
Yet they totally understand comfort. The Olsens’ signature style is made up a lot of loose blouses and long maxis, all looking comfortable enough for a nap. Jaden has included a lot of bike shorts in his recent outfits, while Willow has said she loves wearing “clothes that I can climb trees in.”
The Smith kids have created plenty of soundbites chatting between themselves (reference “because living”), and the twins have done it too. “Some of our memories are shared, We don’t know what actually happened to whom,” Mary-Kate has said. “One of us was stung by a bee, but we can’t remember who, because we both felt it.”