Sunday, December 28, 2008

Celebrity Designers: good intention, bad idea?

Celebrities nowadays are emerging from all across the board as designers. Whether they are good or not, it really depends on people's tastes. I guess since these celebrities have so much money and fame, they feel that they can suddenly immerse themselves in fashion. It's just, you know, it's hard to compete with celebrities when no one knows you; you really only have your talent. Then again, they are responsible for putting designers on the map.

dVb is a collection by former Spice Girl, Posh Spice a.k.a. Victoria Beckham. A lot of her designs are based on her personal style, which is a little edgy and structured. She herself, is a fashion risk taker, yet her designs are a little on the safe side; I find that ironic.

Orange Candy Stripe Sunglasses $233.00
This is Victoria's signature shaped frames that she always wears. I like the idea, but it looks too much like one of those colorful candy canes.

Naomi Jean in Resin Denim $149.00
These jeans are nice, but they're a little bit on the boring side. I like flares, but they're a little 1998. Well, maybe they're "modern" because darkwash.

Victoria Beckham dress $1,500.00
Victoria has also created a line of dresses that look a lot like the ones she wears. At $1,500.00, I'm not sure there's a high demand for her designs. They're boring too.

"Sex and the City" star, Sarah Jessica Parker has created a collection for Steve & Barry's called Bitten. The good thing about her line is that it's affordable, like H&M prices. A lot of her designs are reminiscent of her clothes on her show.

Burnout Ruffle Front, Seersucker 2 Button Mercer Jacket, Anklezip Crop Jeans
This whole look is very Sarah Jessica Parker, soft masculinity. Seersucker is very hard to design with, and the design team did a good job with the blazer. I like the zip jeans too.

Wedge with Pyramid Stud Classic
These are actually some really cool looking shoes. The studs on the shoes are actually really edgy without being too over-the-top.

Elbow Sleeve Rib Crew, Smocked Babydoll Dress
This look reminds me of "Little House on the Prairie." The green on green, jumper dress, elbow sleeve thing seems too much like something Laura Ingalls Wilder wore as a kid.

The House of
Deréon was created by singer Beyoncé and her mom, Tina Knowles. Tina used to be the stylist for Destiny's Child, and ever since the group separated, she found her niche in designing for the masses. The vision of this brand is a mix of R&B, Hip Hop, with a bit of Creole influence.

Safari Halter Dress $49.99
I like the rainbow tiger print, but it's a little busy. It's a good dress for women with curves, but everything looks like they are about to spill out. I think I would've liked this dress if it was dress knee-length.

Funk Skinny Jean $79.00
This is as ghetto-fabulous as it gets, but at the same time looks very interesting. All that gold embroidery is very tapestry-like.

Mega Hit Small Hobo $59.00
Wow, this is actually a really nice bag. I like the red and the pleats. There's an air of sophistication about it, yet it does not compromise its street credibility.

The Olsen Twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley have developed a line called Elizabeth & James, which caters to an upper-class New York crowd. Their designs are all very nice, but a little too sophisticated for the everyday person. The price points are also asking for a lot.

Noguchi Jacket $465.00
Despite what I said about their over-sophistication, this jacket seems versatile. It'd be a good idea to make this machine washable because people might wear this all the time. It's versatile enough to wear to a ball and to school the next day. At $465.00 however, it's still kind of expensive.

Aurora Dress $475.00
I like this dress, but it's kind of a knockoff of the iconic dress from the "Sex and the City" movie with the whole flower thing. While this one is more wearable, it just doesn't have the heart that the real dress has. Originality matters in this case.

Bold Silver Cuff $525.00
This is a nice cuff. It's very modern meets ancient, but at $525.00, you can totally find a silver cuff that looks like this at half the price. You can also do the fake silver thing if you're not allergic. Unfortunately, I am.

Gwen Stefani is known for her funky music, especially her fashion choices. But at the same time, she manages to make everything work more or less. L.A.M.B. is a project she put together because she could see the correlation between msuci and fashion; it goes hand in hand. Her designs are all casually sophisticated.

Doleman Sleeve Mock Neck $128.25
This is a good late 20s to 40s top because it's sexy without being sexy. I like the white contour on the mock neck. The silhouette is a little 80s, yet it still looks very modern.

High-Waisted Plaid Skirt $110.25
I love the color combination of this plaid; I've never seen it on a skirt before. I also like that it is a high-waisted skirt because it gives you room to tuck in your blouse or plain white tee for that matter.

Spectator Pump $295.00
This shoe is nice to look at, but the mesh in the back isn't very attractive. I mean, breathability is important, but wouldn't it be even better if it was a slingback instead? I'm sure it'd be a lot more interesting than it just being a shoe.

Obviously, there are certain celebrities that should keep designing because they understand what style is. There are also style icons who have no idea what style is. For celebrities who are too invested in finding success in fashion design, the best suggestion would be to keep their day jobs.

Courtesy of Revolve Clothing, My Wardrobe, L.A.M.B., Dereon, Diani, Bitten SJP, Vogue (Style)

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