Haute and Dangerous: Top 5 Celeb Designers

When I grow up I want to be: an actress, a rock-star, a supermodel, a fashion designer, an entrepreneur, a paparazzi target, the wife of a handsome sports star, fantastically wealthy and beautiful… I don’t want to name any names, but it would seem that certain individuals are double-dipping in the dream jar.

Actually, I will name names, because that’s the whole point of this article.

Here are the top five celebrity designers who actually (horrors) know what they’re doing:

Victoria Beckham

Collection: “Victoria Beckham”; “Victoria

Why she’s famous: Former Spice Girl (Posh), wife of soccer stud David Beckham, airport fashionista extraordinaire,notorious for never smiling and/or eating.

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Why she’s legit: Truth is, Posh wasn’t always so posh. In her book “That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything In Between” (yours truly is a proud owner if anyone wants to borrow), she admits that the famed “little Gucci dress” of Spice World legend was just a cheap LBD from a High Street shop. Vicky B’s no effortless icon; it’s her tenacity and genuine love of fashion that have allowed her to overcome trashy fashion faux pas and top spots on Mr. Blackwell’s Worst Dressed List to become one of the most respected up-and-coming designers in the fashion world. With each new collection, Victoria continues to get braver in her designs, it’s fair to say everyone is impatiently waiting for what she has in store for us during September’s New York Fashion Week. Until then, I suggest you check out her gorgeous offerings on Net-a-Porter or browse her beautiful (if a bit pricy) new handbags. Victoria, if you’re reading this — please adopt me!

The Olsen Twins 

Collection(s): “The Row”; “Elizabeth & James

Why they’re famous: Two words: Michelle. Tanner.

Why they’re legit: First there was their Wal-Mart days. Then there were the “Homeless Chic” NYU days (Venti non-fat latte = mandatory!). These days… well, I would urge you to judge for yourselves (links above). Hint: they’ve already pre-ordered a few of their $35,000 backpacks. Get em’ while they’re hot!

Nicole Richie

Collection(s):House of Harlow 1960”; “Winter Kate

Why she’s famous: Daughter of singer Lionel Richie, wife of Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, reality star (The Simple Life), author (The Truth About Diamonds), tabloid fodder (drug abuse, eating disorder).

Why she’s legit: When we first met Nicole, she was the hilarious, endearingly chubby foil to Paris Hilton’s rampant narcissistic personality disorder snoozefest on their reality show, The Simple Life. Enter Rachel Zoe, celebrity/celebrity stylist and a bit of a controversial figure who’s credited with not only transforming Ms. Richie’s sense of style, but also (allegedly) instigating her client’s heartbreaking struggle with anorexia a few years back. While Zoe has recently launched her line at Bloomies, Richie’s boho-chic jewelry can only be described as “to-die-for” and her stylish, whimsical Winter Kate creations — with names like “Snow Fairy” and “Ice Princess” — are a fashion fairy-tale dream come true.

Gwen Stefani 

Collection(s): “L.A.M.B.”; “Harajuku Lovers

Why she’s famous: Lead singer of the band No Doubt, wife of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Why she’s legit: She ain’t no hollaback girl (sorry, couldn’t help myself) but Guru Gwen sure knows her fashion. Since the inception of L.A.M.B., Ms. Stefani never fails to disappoint. Never one to shy away from bold color or daring design, the one enduring quality from season to season is her seamless ability to render creations that embrace structured utility with unfettered glamour. Even her most flirty, feminine pieces have an edge just make them so undeniably cool. In a word, Gwen’s s**t is bananas — B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Jessica Simpson

Collection: Jessica Simpson

Why she’s famous: Singer, actress, former Newlywed/wife of singer Nick Lachey. Massive tabloid speculation after sustaining public breakups with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and rocker John Mayer. More front-page headlines after she wore an unflattering outfit onstage.

Why she’s legit: Her wildly popular Jessica Simpson Collection is projected to hit $1 billion in sales within the year, and she has no one but herself to blame. Despite all the high-fashion wannabe pretentious peacocks of the Hollywood glamour squad elite (yeah, I’m talkin’ to you, Chloë Sevigny!), Ms. Simpson and her designs are flirty, fun, feminine, and unabashedly girly, which is what makes them so gosh-darn likable!

Whew, I’m glad that’s over. Now whom did I miss? Feel free to trash the *worst* celeb designers of all time in the comments. Ready? I’ll start: Heidi Montag.

Kayla Brown Kayla Brown is the author of the “Boston Babe Sports Bible” series and TNGG's weekly fashion column, "Haute and Dangerous" (inspired by a Ke$ha song). She hopes to one day channel her debilitating caffeine addiction into the noble art of copywriting. Her interests include watching YouTube videos of cute animals doing funny things. If you think you can handle it, follow her on Twitter: @kjbrown22.

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