Top 10 Celebs Turned Designers

November 11, 2011  |  
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Whether you are a fan of celebrities who transform into clothing designers or not, you have to give them some credit for their time management and large amount of commitment to take on another endeavor.  Sure it’s all for money, but some of these singers, actors, songwriters, socialites, mothers, fathers and models have created beautiful and successful lines. Now the fourth largest industry in the world, the fashion industry brings in $400 billion a year.  Take a look at these 10 celebrities turned fashionistas (and fashionist-ers), and see what you think!

1. Victoria Beckham – Victoria Beckham is known as the lucky wife of soccer hunk David Beckham, and the skinny mini former Spice Girl.  We can now add designer to this list since she created the Victoria Beckham Collection this year.  It includes dresses, denim, eyewear and accessories.  Next she will launch her “lower priced” collection called Victoria by Victoria Beckham (creative, huh?) in the spring of 2012.  She said she wants her new clothing line to show people she has a ‘sense of humor.’ The 37-year-old wants her new collection to be less structured than the Victoria Beckham Collection and include printed fabrics with moons, clouds and even cats.  Prices range between $550 and $900, which is a steal compared to the $2000+ price tag for Victoria’s main line, so start saving!  Clothes can be found online at her website and through shopstyle for sale items.

2. P. Diddy- P. Diddy launched his collection of sportswear, Sean John Clothing, in 1998.  Now sold exclusively at Macy’s, his collection includes much more than it used to.  Sean John includes men’s shirts, jeans, hoodies, jackets, suits, cologne, and now women’s wear as well.  In fact, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Diddy for menswear designer of the year in 2004, an award he coveted by beating out big names like Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors.  People who have endorsed or represented the brand include Diddy himself of course, musicians such as Nelly, T.I., Fabolous, Game, Dolla, Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes, athletes including Dwyane Wade, and fashion models Tyson Beckford and Kevin Navayne.  Sean John has enjoyed critical and commercial success with revenues currently exceeding $100 million annually.  Diddy most recently introduced his latest men’s perfume under the Sean John brand called “I Am King” in November 2008.  Check it all out here.

3. Kimora Lee Simmons – This model turned mommy turned fashion designer is best known for her work on the Baby Phat brand, and with the help of her ex-husband, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, she launched a children’s clothing collection called Ming & Aoki (named after their daughters), complete with neon tutus and denim vests.  However, in 2010 she said goodbye to her Baby Phat line after 14 years, ending the once very popular brand to concentrate on her several other lines.  She still oversees KLS Collection, a high-end, fashion-forward collection geared towards women who have come to expect more from contemporary sportswear, and Kouture by Kimora, a bold new juniors brand with ultra chic pieces and reasonable price points geared to fashion-forward and playful juniors, sold exclusively at Macy’s.  In fall of 2008, Simmons Jewelry Co. debuted a collection of fine jewelry and watches called “Hello Kitty by Simmons Jewelry Co.” with retail prices starting at $50. Simmons has also put out numerous perfumes, including Fabulosity, and is responsible for the Shinto Clinical skin care line.

4. Justin Timberlake – Timberlake and his best friend, Trace Ayala, founded their clothing line, William Rast, in 2005. The line, named after the pair’s grandfathers, William and Rast, includes jeans, hoodies, shirts, footwear and eyewear.  William Rast is available at Nordstrom’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and other fine department stores and boutiques.  An exclusive limited-edition collection of William Rast products were also available in Target stores nationwide last December.  If you missed this special event, you can take a look at the full collection here.

 5. Gwen Stefani – In 2004, the singer-songwriter debuted her couture line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the less expensive Harajuku Lovers line in 2005, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion. (Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls dancers.)  The line takes influence from a variety of fashions from around the globe, including Guatemalan, Japanese, and Jamaican styles. The line achieved big popularity among celebrities and also includes a line of fierce bags. Take a look at her website here for more Harajuku love.

6. Jennifer Lopez – The recent divorcee of Marc Anthony has more than just mommy, singer-songwriter, and actor on her plate.  Remember that old fashion line, JLO? Velour and terry cloth galore! Well, she retired that line, and in 2008, she debuted a new collection called Just Sweet, which was launched at New York fashion week in 2007 and debuted in the spring of 2008. And yeah…it shut down in 2009. That’s the recession for you! But no worries, Jenny is back with a collection for the folks who love them some Kohl’s.   All the pieces from her latest collection range from $49 to $99, and the launch has been a hit so far.  Take a look!

7. Kanye West- Kanye dibble dabbled in the design world when he designed a line of trainers for Louis Vuitton in 2009, and then partnered up with Nike for the massively successful Air Yeezy’s in the same year.  A former art student, West obviously caught the fashion bug and in October 2011, he debuted his very first women’s collection at Paris Fashion Week.  Named DW, in memory of his late mother, Donda West, he has received criticism on everything from pieces being too revealing to not having “enough” black models, but West stays firm in his commitment to his new line.  “I begged Louis Vuitton to let me do more shoes after my shoes sold out in two weeks, and they did not. I begged Nike, I begged this company to let me do it. And I took out motherf–king loans to get the best models, to get the best designers, to get the best venue. I gave you everything that I had.”  So far the line is not in stores but check back as his Spring 2012 line was debuted just last month.

8. Jay-Z – Soon-to-be-daddy Jay-Z launched his clothing and accessories line for men, women and children, Rocawear, with partner Damon Dash in 1999. Back in the day, everyone was wearing it. From jumpsuits and fly jeans for women, to jackets and more for men, Rocawear was at one time, HUGE. In 2006, Jay-Z officially took over the line after he and Dash parted ways, with annual sales of $700 million.  In March 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group, for $204 million, but will retain his stake in the company and continue to oversee the marketing, licensing and product development.  Just recently Jay-Z confirmed that Rocawear had partnered with Pharrell Williams’ clothing label, Billionaire Boys Club. Rocawear is still available exclusively at Macy’s if you would like to get your nostalgia on. Check out the pretty iconic hip hop brand’s newest fashions here.

9. Beyoncé – Jay-Z’s boo launched her successful women’s clothing line, House of Dereon in 2006.  With mama/stylist Tina Knowles as her partner, the style for the line is inspired by three generations of women in their family, including Beyoncé’s grandmother, Agnez Dereon, Tina Knowles’s mother.  Beyoncé also has a partner line to House of Dereon, simply named Dereon, which is geared towards juniors.  House of Dereon includes footwear, handbags, eyewear, fragrance, “curvelicious” sizes and Sasha Fierce jewelry.  With her current baby bump as inspiration, Beyoncé is also working on a maternity line for the collection. “All I see now are clothes that are flattering on a pregnant woman,” she says. “It’s been so exciting for me! I love figuring out designs that still make me feel edgy while pregnant. Flowy fabrics are always flattering,” she says, “but I still rock my stilettos.”  Check out House of Dereon here, and don’t miss “Miss Tina,” created my mama Knowles and available exclusively at Wal Mart.

10. The Kardashian Klan- Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian debuted their newest line, K-Dash, on QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out.  Exclusively sold on QVC, the clothes are very chic with leather panel tights, leather jackets, maxi dresses, and cowl neck sweaters that will take you from day to night.  The line ranges from $28-$310.  Their other line, Kardashian Kollection, is sold exclusively at Sears and includes funky and fun pieces for the budget conscience fashionista. Not a huge fan of their personalities, but they do have some pretty good fashion sense. Check out some of the Kardashian Kollection pieces here.

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