When it comes to celebrity backed fashion lines, some musicians may want to ease up on the designing, and just stick to making hits in the studio. The 2011 debut of Kanye West’s eponymous collection failed to impress fashion critics, and his recent collaboration with hip French brand A.P.C. has also been slammed by fans and critics alike. But not all celebs have a hard time topping the music charts and shattering sartorial must-have lists. Take Gwen Stefani or Pharrell Williams, for example, who have taken the time to curate collections that are aesthetically appealing and actually wearable. And it’s not just music artists who are creating on point collections. Wild-child turned boho mama, Nicole Richie has two successful lines under her belt including Winter Kate and an accessory collection, House of Harlow 1960. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s, The Row, earned them a coveted CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award. Take a look at the 15 best and worst celebrity fashion lines, and start stocking your closet right now!
WORST: Beyonce, House of Dereon
The fact that Beyonce, the co-owner of House of Dereon, is rarely seen wearing pieces from the ready-to-wear line speaks for itself. We love that the collection is a collaborative effort with her mother, Tina Knowles, but the passe prints emblazoned on cropped jackets and sheer skirts will undoubtedly land anyone on the worst dressed list.
BEST: Nicole Richie House of Harlow 1960, Winter Kate
Formerly known as repeated fashion offender, Nicole Richie has transitioned into a fashion maven and award-winning designer for her collection of vintage-inspired accessories found in her gorgeous House of Harlow 1960 line, as well as boho-chic clothing featured in Winter Kate.
WORST: Kanye West, Kanye West
Kanye West’s eponymous collection was made up of mostly tight leather pieces, barely there tops and bottoms that were completely unwearable unless you are a 6 foot model, or Kim Kardashian. Critics accused Kanye of copying Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and criticized the rapper for poor tailoring and design. We were left wondering WHY, KANYE, WHY?!
BEST: Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, The Row, Elizabeth & James
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen aren’t new to the celebrity collection game. The wins started their fashion empire at Walmart, and since their humble beginnings have expanded designs to their higher-end label, The Row, which recently earned them a 2012 Womenswear Designers of the Year award. Their more affordable collection, Elizabeth James is a favorite among the stylish celeb set and offers up downtown-inspired pieces.
WORST: Common, Soji Hats
Common’s short-lived Soji Hat collection likely failed because aside from Common, no one really wears/looks good wearing a newsboy cap. To make matters worse, Common tapped actor Jeremy Piven for the ad campaign which was just weird.
BEST: Gwen Stefani, L.A.M.B
Who doesn’t want to dress just like Gwen Stefani? In between recording sessions with No Doubt, the fashion icon’s been busy creating collections of wild print, bold color and great silhouettes made for stopping traffic. While some celebrities have been called out for copying designers, Stefani’s collection continues to create a new lane for herself in fashion.
WORST: Jay Z, Rocawear
Where does Rocafella fall in line with Jay Z’s new suit and tie style initiative? We’ll admit, Rocawear was hot in the early aughts but since then Jigga Man’s collection has ceased to evolve. The pieces in the Rocawear collection are dated so unless you’re planning to transport back to 2001, stay away.
BEST: Sienna Miller, Twenty8Twelve
Combine Burberry’s London-luxury feel with East Village’s casual-cool aesthetic and you wind up with model/actress Sienna Miller’s collection, Twenty8Twelve. Think Safari-chic meets Bridget Bardot, yah…it’s that good.
WORST: Kardashian Kollection
The Kardashian krew’s foray into fashion has been far from pretty. The kollection sold exclusively at Sears has been criticized for being cheaply made for the $100 and up price tag, not to mention the animal prints and sheer bodycon dresses borderline Jersey Shore attire. Much like Beyonce and House of Dereon, when they’re not pimping out the collection, the Kardashian sisters are rarely seen wearing pieces from the Kardashian Kollection.
BEST: Pharrell Williams, Billionaire Boys Club
Pharell Williams is trying to change the way homeboys take to the street with his Billionaire Boys Club collection. Pharrell’s BBC was previously made up of printed tees and retro details, but since the debut of the collection the Academy’s go-to-music-man is maturing the line with sleek blazers, tailored paints and classic prints.
WORST: Nelly, Applebottoms
Yes, Nelly’s Applebottoms collection is actually still around, and no we’re not judging you for not shuddering at the thought of slipping into pair of jeans with an apple logo on the back pockets. Nelly’s collection was a hit when it first launched thanks to spot-on ad campaigns featuring video vixens in the denim. Today, streetwear brands rule the urban fashion market, and the lust for Applebottom jeans has deflated.
BEST: Victoria Beckham, Victoria Beckham
Stars like Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Jada Pinkett-Smith and model Jourdan Dunn all cosign Victoria Beckham’s tailored-to-perfection collection of shift dresses, suits and accessories ranging from $600-$6000. Victoria Beckham was named ‘Designer of the Year’ at the 2011 CFDAs and has since raked in well over $95 million in sales.
WORST: Jennifer Lopez, Sweetface
Jennifer Lopez’s line “Sweetface” was sold exclusively at Kohl’s until the retailer ceased its production in 2009 after poor sales. Yikes! The collection J.Lo promised would be her take on “urban wear” failed to impress her fans. The collection, comprised of cropped hoodies, faux fur vests and sequins tube tops, in no way showcased J.Lo’s glamorous ‘wow’ factor. Lopez later admitted that the fashion collection was a “career letdown”. We agree, J.Lo.
BEST: Chloe Sevigny, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony
Chloe Sevigny’s collection sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony combines ’90s inspired sweatsuits and ’60 inspired swing coats, A-line mini skirts and chic sweatshirts with matching suit pants. We’re not surprised the ’90s purveyor of cool created an equally dope collection.
WORST: Lindsay Lohan, 6126
Lindsay Lohan’s 6126, named after Marilyn Monroe’s birthday, was supposed to be inspired by icon. We doubt Monroe would have cosigned faux leather leggings with sequins, zippers and built in knee pads. The sheer pair LiLo wore during the collection was the epitome of a fail.