It seems like a natural progression for celebrities to expand their empire. They develop perfumes, write books and many even create clothing lines. But we all know not all celeb clothing lines are created equal. For every successful, dapper Sean John collection, there’s a Fetish, Eve’s line that no one seems to even remember. We get it, A-listers think they naturally know fashion since they have access to the flyest threads, but that just isn’t the case. Some of our favorite personalities have created the tacky, laughable garments that left us scratching our heads and questioning their taste.
House of Deréon
There’s no denying Beyoncé is a musical force to be reckoned with and when she steps out, heads turn. But why, oh why, is House of Deréon every bit of underwhelming? We know you want to do it all Bey, but let this line rest in peace because we’re not buying it (literally!).
Material Girl by Madonna
When it was revealed Madonna was releasing a clothing line, 80s babies everywhere rejoiced, thinking we’d have an edgy line from the pop diva. But the collection is geared towards teeny boppers, poorly made and nothing we could ever envision a young Madonna wearing. We expected more from the classy dame who now speaks in a faux British accent.
Last year the Kardashian sisters debuted their line at Sears and affordability was the main selling point. But many pieces, including blazers, bodycon dresses and jumpsuits were $100. The only way you should spend $100 at Sears is if it’s on an appliance, not for a clothing line from bootleg celebrities.
6126 by Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan paid homage to her idol Marilyn Monroe with the naming of her apparel line (6126 is Marilyn’s bday). But the line of leggings would not be approved by the glamorous Monroe.
Kimora Lee Simmons stepped down from Baby Phat a few years ago but it continues to be gaudy attire that straddles the line between juvenile and Friday night club attire.
Nelly’s Vokal line for men may have disappeared but Apple Bottoms is still hanging in there with its cheap-o accessories and body hugging threads. And what’s really disturbing are the childrens pieces. Do you really want your daughter wearing clothes named after a woman’s backside?
Authentic Icon for Kohl’s
American Idol and Kohl’s have teamed up to create a line that will be sold in stores from April until June. Launching a line based on a reality show is just ridiculous. Maybe youngsters will gravitate towards the generic “rock star” style, but we can do without it.
StyleBlazers, did we leave any out?
–Patrice J. Williams