Stars, Styles and Slip Ups
It’s the money-spinning career move of choice for pop stars, actors and fashion models the world over: the development and promotion of their own clothing line or fashion label. The cynical among us might argue that there are already enough qualified and talented fashion designers out there, but it’s fair to say that a number of stars such P Diddy, Kate Moss, Liz Hurley, Beyonce Knowles and Coleen Rooney have made a success of their endeavours in the fashion design arena. Not all stars’ clothing ranges are necessarily destined for success though: here are a few stars whose fashion ventures didn’t make it, didn’t last or for whom the jury’s still out…
5. Robbie Williams
Yes, the on-off ‘fat dancer’ from Take That is among the latest batch of celebrities to exhibit a hitherto unexpected flair for fashion design. The Robster’s label, Farrell, is named after the singer’s snappily dressed late grandfather Jack Farrell. Clothing in the range includes a military-style overcoat, a dinner jacket, various luxury shirts, a quilted ‘country estate’ type jacket, chunky cardigan and, perhaps inevitably, a tweed flat cap. All of which seems a far cry from the t-shirts, jeans, trapper hats and vests that Robbie is photographed sporting all-too-often.
4. Liam Gallagher
Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Alexander McQueen and…erm… Liam Gallagher. The music world’s loss is fashion’s gain as the junior squabbler from failed Beatles-tribute band Oasis launches has launchedhis own clothing range. It’s called ‘Pretty Green’, either because that’s the colour potential customers will turn when they see just how expensive the clothes – which include a nice line in duffle-coats – are, or because that’s Liam’s level of knowledge and understanding of the workings of the fashion world.
3. Sadie Frost
Sadie, the famous actress best known for her starring roles in films such as ‘Soul Patrol’, ‘Shopping’ and ‘Uprising’ (nope, me neither) decided to step out of the “limelight” and into the world of fashion design, in partnership with her best friend. Despite a couple of early successes, notably with a range of nightwear, Sadie’s fashion company went bust in 2008 having amassed considerable debts.
2. Mel B
Keen to follow in the fashion-fixated footsteps of successful singer-turned-style guru Victoria Beckham, Spice Girl Melanie Brown has been promising/threatening her own celebrity clothing range for the last five years. Majoring on Mel’s love of leopard-skin prints, leather and lycra, her clothing range – should it ever make it as far as a store near you – is sure to be an acquired taste.
1. Katie Price (Jordan)
Proving that she’s not just an accomplished and talented author and in possession of one of the finest business minds of her generation, the pneumatic model and tabloid superstar turned her hand to fashion design, launching an equestrian clothing and accessories range which includes pink hoodies, pink sweatshirts, pink jackets (two shades – ‘raspberry’ and ‘bubblegum’), pink horse rugs and diamante bridles (thankfully in brown and black). All of which goes to show that in the world of equestrian fashion design, at least, Jordan is nothing if not a proper ‘girlie’ girl.
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