Queen Latifah Releases A Just-Okay Lifestyle Brand With HSN

Queen Latifah has possessed a powerful image since the 1980s. Who can forget the impact of a female MC donning queen-like garb — leather Africa medallions, Nefertiti-esque hats, and other Afro-centric attire? But, still, we would never argue that she’s a fashion icon. So we’re kind of surprised she, too, has a lifestyle brand with HSN. Literally every celebrity has a fashion or lifestyle collection, causing our heads to spin around and question what it means to be an actual fashion designer. But back to the Queen … She has a body type that is underrepresented in fashion, so we understand the appeal of having her as the face and body of a brand, but the solution to drape bigger frames in ponchos (the collection has two) isn’t working. As we all should know, the best way to look larger than you are is to forget to highlight your waist.

There are a few standout pieces in the Queen Collection, which also includes purses and shoes, like the Stacked Sequin Patches V-Neck Tunic, which is available in heather gray, olive, maize, light rose, misty blue, and black and costs $69.90. The Pleated & Draped Dress with Cowl Back will look smashing on a variety of body types and is quite affordable considering $109.90 isn’t bad for an LBD you can wear many times to many places. All-in-all, the Queen Collection is a satisfactory start, and I’m curious to see how HSN styles the pieces during the Aug. 27 debut and also where the collection ends up after Queen Latifah has a few seasons under her belt. [HSN]