I recently started reading ‘The World’s Most Influential Fashion Designers’ by Noel Palomo-Lovinski. An interesting read if you happen upon a copy of it. Lovinski has the book organized by chapters. The chapters are named after certain styles like artisans, futurists and modernists vs. postmodernists. He designed the book by placing designers within these chapters or categories. Among the designers, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Halston and Marc Jacobs just to name a few that were mentioned. I really enjoyed reading about each designer and learning more about whom or what inspired them most. The book led me to think about ‘celebrity designers.’ I have been wanting to write about the topic of designers for awhile and I thought what better way then to include it in my ‘Only if you believe it is’ series. The question I wanted to ask you all is if you believe that celebrities that have clothing collections deserve to really be called “designers”?
The average person may score the occasional deal on some designer labels, but for the most part, the ‘big designer names’ are reserved for celebrities or the super wealthy folk. Now, it seems that some celebrities have tried taking on the role as designers. I see them everyday as I walk through department stores. Jennifer Lopez, The Kardashian Collection, Lauren Conrad, Jessica Simpson, Adam Levine and the list goes on forever these days! Recently, I heard that Ryan Seacrest will also be joining the league of actors, singers and TV personalities that will be starting their own clothing lines! I also read that Sarah Jessica Parker is starting a line at Nordstrom. Although the line is a far cry from what she used to sell at Steve and Barry’s. The Nordstrom line will carry shoes, handbags and some clothing items that will be at the higher end of the price scale. One pair of Parker’s shoes will set you back about $200-$400. I know the woman knows her Manolo Blahniks and I really do adore her. I’m inspired by her character Carrie Bradshaw on Sex & the City for her writing and her fashion sense. But, if I am going to pay that much for a pair of heels…well I’d prefer to throw a couple hundred more out there and buy some Manolos. Hey, a gal can dream right?
Personally, I do like and wear clothing items that are featured in ‘celebrity collections.’ But, do I think that they sketched out their own designs and worked hard to start their own clothing line? No, not so much! Celebrities already have connections in the fashion world based on what they actually do like being an actress, singer, TV personality ect. Yes, I know they worked hard to get to do their actual profession and I respect them for that. But, when it comes to the fashion world…hmm, I can only assume that others are the brains behind the branding. Whenever celebrities are interviewed about their newest perfume/cologne for example, they say that they tell the manufacturers what they like and then it is made for them to sample. I would think that clothing lines would be the same way. The celebrity says something along the lines of, “I like to wear this certain style or I would define my style as…”and viola a collection is born with their face/name all over it.
What do you think actual designers think of ‘celebrity designers?’ Do you think they would be like the caterpillar and ask “And, Whoooo are you?” Or, do you think they would accept them as one of their own? I guess ‘celebrity clothing collections’ only bother me when it comes to how I feel about actual designers. Most designers we know today started from the ground up. They started from nothing and made their own way into the fashion world. They put the hard work in, they sketched their own designs and they stayed up late at night to make final touches on sample pieces. They didn’t start as something else only to say, “A clothing line with my name on it? Sure, sounds great, more money for me.” I respect designers because their creativity is what made them what they are, not connections.
Tell me where you stand on “celebrity designers.” I would love to hear what you believe one way or the other and hope you continue reading my ‘Only if you believe it is’ series! Part 4 will be here soon!