I am all for celebrities with style. I am all for celebrities with really great stylists creating their style. But I am not for celebrities slapping their name on everything, claiming they are tastemakers and designers, and not actually being either. There are more and more celebrity fashion lines, often accompanying their fragrances, ranging from shoes, to denim, to knits, to handbags and every single wearable item in between. Frustratingly, so many of these lines are hands-off endorsements and the real designers get little acknowledgment.
If I were a celebrity, I would probably branch out and create my own clothing line. I don’t knock someone leveraging their fame and making a dollar. But I am against them taking the credit for the design and creative process when they aren’t involved. If you want to endorse a line or put your name on it, fine. But don’t tell me how you are involved in every step, designed these pieces for the everyday gal, or are revolutionizing anything. There are very few celebs who have jumped into fashion and done legit work; more power to them. The rest who are turning their names into logos and zipper pulls are popping out derivative lines for the malls of America.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the items coming from these lines are cute. I have rocked a pair of patent leather pumps with a certain singer’s name on the insole. But when this singer recently interviewed on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show claiming she may have been the first to come up with shoe booties, that’s a problem. There is a design team, product developers, and loads of people who sketch, trend, color, source, merchandise, etc. and I highly doubt she is the force behind them or creating waves in the fashion world. In the off chance she really does work in product design and develop new items, c’mon, she in no way invented shooties.
There are so many talented designers who are the person behind the name or unknown to us. With loads of amazing visionaries and creators trying to make a name for themselves and hard at work to get their products out there, why are we supporting the bankrolls who decide they want to play with clothes? I am not only turned off by the unoriginality of let’s-stamp-your-swirly-autograph-here fashion lines, I’m upset they the celebrities take credit away from the talents making their line. Even if a celebrity fashion item is cheap, cute, fits, whatever, I’d rather put my dollars behind someone who is really hustling and putting their vision out there.
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