There are literally dozens of celebrity designers out there that find themselves high and mighty or out to dry. There are the ones that last (L.A.M.B., Victoria Beckham, and yes, we hate to say it, Jessica Simpson) and that ones that make us gag on our candy-flavored Popsicles (Nicky Hilton, Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons) And who told Tara Reid she could be a designer anyway?
But we’re not here to talk about the Sarah Jessica Parkers and the Jennifer Lopezes of the world. In this edition of Celebrity â€œIt Girlâ€ Style, we pay tribute to the top celebrity designers that really are making it, ponder our hopes for the future of celebrity design and say bye-bye to one indie chic label that really had what it takes.
Say Bye-Bye To: Jovovich-Hawk (Milla Jovovich and Carmen Hawk):
Milla Jovovich, a Ukranian-born actress and model, is famous for her leaps and kicks in the sci-fi thriller The Fifth Element, not for her stylish ways. So when she paired up with long time friend Carmen to piece together a new fashion line called Jovovich-Hawk in 2003 (a need for reinvention inspired them, Milla once said,) we thought it was just another celebrity duo thinking they had the fashion knack (and financial means) to create their own label.
We were quite right in that respect, but what we also got was an iconic line of art and style that has achieved cult status and carved its name into our celebrity fashion label hall of fame. Full of romantic pieces like billowy blouses and flirty jumpers, but also sturdy cap sleeve tops, the label is described as wearable individual pieces that are feminine, but strong in personality. â€œFor the cool, eclectic girl who doesn’t follow a trend,â€ John Eshaya, women’s creative director of Ron Herman at Fred Segal said.
With its first collection of only 8 pieces was bought exclusively by Fred Segal, the label went on to be worn by celebs and fashionistas alike (not to mention Milla herself) and also found its way to being a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2006 and as part of a collection for Target in 2008.
Ironically, 2008 also turned out to be the year the duo decided to call it quits on a the brand the femme fatale brand that is still selling out in stores. Pity for us â€” we loved their indie chic label, epitomized by Jovovich herself. Get pieces in stores while you still can!
Get it now: Jovovich-Hawk Kelly Silk Dress $395
Staying Power: L.A.M.B. (Gwen Stefani)
Who could top the acclaimed Jovovich-Hawk? It looks like singer Gwen Stefani’s is coming quite close. The former No Doubt lead singer is paving the way for celebrities in all areas of art including fashion design as she parlays her signature style into an idealistic cult label that has us singing her praises.
The haute couture brand is full of graphic black and white sweaters and tanks, leather, and studs but also works in plaid pencil skirts and structured little black dresses. L.A.M.B also has a shoe collection and a kids line (we’ve seen son Kingston in custom-made designs.)
The line is totally Gwen…and why not? The singer has transformed the style of the music scene, which often leads us to berate band members for fashion no-nos.
Gwen debuted her trendsetting Love, Angel, Music, Baby (L.A.M.B.) line in 2003 and expanded it to include the 2005 Harajuku Lovers collection, inspired by Japanese culture and fashion. She wowed us with her Fashion Week Spring 2008 collection and we can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next!
Get it now: L.A.M.B. High Waisted Plaid Plenty Skirt $225
The Next Big Thing: Rachel Bilson’s Edie Rose for DKNY Jeans
OC favorite Rachel Bilson is never one to disappoint in the fashion department, often seen in everything from layered tees and scarves to Ikat skirts, ruffles, and bowler hats. That’s why we were excited when we learned she was going to be contributing her fashion know-how to a line for DKNY Jeans. Seems Rachel is one of the few fashionistas that has what it takes. After taking a look at her line, we knew we weren’t wrong!
The sportswear line, though specially made for the junior set, can definitely be worn by a sophisticated crowd. The label includes various black and white items, with yellow thrown in for effect. Fifteen pieces make up the authentic line and button downs, sweaters, jackets, dresses, and two jean styles offer an aura of cool in otherwise too bubblegum celebrity designer world. We can’t wait until it comes out this fall.
Though Rachel is currently only designing for the youngsters, we hope she can work her designs into an edgy, but elegant haute couture line. Could Rachel be the next big thing in celebrity fashion? We’re waiting with bated breath.
Get it now: Coming soon!
1. Milla Jovovich Instyle.com
2. Jovovich-Hawk Kelly Silk Dress $395
3. Kirsten Dunst wearing Jovovich-Hawk millaj.com
4. Gwen Stefani People.com
5. L.A.M.B. High Waisted Plaid Plenty Skirt $225
6. Rachel Bilson People.com
7. Rachel Bilson Edie Rose ad
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