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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. Keep reading »

Katie Holmes Moonlights As A Designer

Did you guys know that Katie Holmes was designing clothes these days? Neither did I, but apparently she’s been doing it for two years after pairing up with her friend and stylist Jeanne Yang. Their line is called (creatively) Holmes & Yang, and it all started on a photo shoot where Katie was the subject and Jeanne was the stylist. Jeanne recounts that Katie was looking at a pair of light colored pants with a visible pocket. “[Katie] said, ‘Why didn’t they put a nude lining in?’ ” says Yang. “I thought, ‘That’s crazy that she would notice that.’ This wasn’t just an appreciation of pretty clothes.” Years later, the two decided to team up and their mission is to make super luxurious wardrobe staples—emphasis on the luxury since a cocktail dress retails for well over $2000 and a blouse will set you back $900. Oh, and they also make some of their designs with matching ensembles for girls, since both ladies have super fashionable toddlers. Keep reading »

Is Brigitte Bardot’s Handbag Collab With Lancel Slightly Hypocritical?

Oh, dear. Did you know that blond bombshell, French icon, and timeless style muse Brigitte Bardot might not be so picture-perfect in real life? We learned from Wikipedia (via The Paris Blog) that since the ’90s Brigitte has been outspoken against “immigration, race-mixing, some aspects of homosexuality and Islam in France, and has been fined five times for ‘inciting racial hatred.’” La la la! Fingers in ears! Can’t hear you! We did know, however, that the ex film star is a staunch animal rights activist, so it feels surprising that she’d sign herself up to do a fashion collaboration with Lancel, a French leathergoods company. Of course, the Bardot purse will be an “eco-friendly/green bag made of 100 percent natural fibers” (it hasn’t come out yet, so only sketches of the design are available). Perhaps Bardot’s intention is to attempt to change the materials Lancel uses, but it’s doubtful that a company creating leather bags since 1876 would all of a sudden go green. Just sayin’. [The Paris Blog, Lancel] Keep reading »

JWoww Flaunts Her Filthy Couture

Admit it. You’re anxiously awaiting the return of “Jersey Shore” to find out what trouble those guidos and guidettes get into in Miami. In the meantime, the cast is out and about, satiating the world’s need for tan bodies and fist-pumping with a few well-paid appearances. JWoww showed up on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards in a design of her own making: a pink lacy dress embellished with 1,000 Swarovski crystals that looks more like a nightie you’d wear to bed than a dress you’d wear for a date or night of dancing. Since she’s launching her own line, called Filthy Couture, it was about time she did some shameless self-promotion. If this dress is any indication of the future creations she’ll place on the market, her “designs” will be perfect fodder for worst-dressed lists. “I’m more like rocker-edgy, but very sexy,” she said, explaining her style. “Definitely all my dresses and bathing suits and my jeans and shirts will be like that. I keep it sexy classy. I won’t go to porn star sexy. I won’t go that far.” Too late, Jenni, too late. [People Style Watch] Keep reading »

Ready To Take On The Grandma Chic Look?

Grandma chic is officially back on the style map, so it’s time to dig through grandma’s closet or head to your local thrift go-tos. But for those of us who have a phobia of vintage stores and pre-worn clothes, Liza Minnelli has the solution, with a fashion line for QVC! Her collection of clothing and jewelry, The Liza Collection, will consist of sparkly sweaters, sequins, and baubles inspired by her very own closet. “My life has provided me the ability to amass a wonderful wardrobe designed by fashion’s brightest stars. I am excited to work with HSN in launching The Liza Collection and to have the opportunity to share my favorite looks with millions of women who want to look fabulous and feel their very best,” she explained. Liza’s style may look ridiculous now, but we don’t think it’ll be long before style bloggers start showing off their best pouts in Liza-inspired get-ups. For sparkly sweaters galore, mark your calendar for June 30 at 10 p.m. ET, when her line launches on QVC. [QVC] Keep reading »

Quotable: Alber Elbaz Explains His Feelings Toward Celebrity Designers

“I feel that some celebrities think that because they are famous, they can do fashion. Imagine if I want to be now a dancer. Trust me, I can’t. I can’t jump. I can’t even limp from one point to another. I feel that there is this kind of confusion. Everybody wants to do everything, everybody needs to do everything, and everybody feels that he can. And I’m still feeling that a dancer should dance and a chef should cook and a singer should sing and a designer of clothes should do clothes. Because the moment we try to do everything for ourselves, we’re becoming very mediocre in what we do, and we don’t go to extremes and we don’t touch excellence. And I prefer to touch excellence.”

Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz on the continuing trend of celebrity designers [Style.com] Keep reading »

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