Many a fashionista of the silver screen have taken time off from their reel life commitments and tried their hands at fashion. For these celebrities, fashion runways and design boards were more appealing than the silver screen. Here are some actors and musicians who turned designers.
Jessica Simpson started her career as a singer turning to reality television actress and then a fashion mogul. An unexpected star of the fashion world, Jessica in 2010 had a massive $750 million in retail sales as per Business Insider. Her easy daily wear as well as eveningwear options at affordable prices gained her the commercial popularity. Shoes, handbags, apparel, jewelery, sunglasses, and perfume is a growing line of options for women world over (she retails online from www.jessicasimpson.com as well). Since the birth of her baby Maxwell Drew, Jessica has launched a maternity line and a perfume inspired by her child.
Founded in 1999 by Sean Carter aka Jay-Z, leading American rapper and producer was the fashion line Rocawear. Jay-Z proved his business acumen when he converted his music career popularity into a burgeoning fashion empire with net sales of $700 million. Jay-Z never gave up his music career to work on the fashion line and it can be argued if he has anything to do with the designs himself, but the popularity of the brand definitely piggybacks on the popularity of the musician. In March 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group for $204 million. Jay-Z will retain his stake in the company and will continue to oversee the marketing, licensing, and product development.Rocawear offers a wide range of menswear, womenswear, plus sizes, kids, footwear, accessories and fragrance.
Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs
Another successful musician turned business mogul, P Diddy launched his label ‘Sean John’ in 1998. In 2004, P Diddy won the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America ‘Men’s Wear Designer of the Year’. In partnership with Estée Lauder Companies, Sean John launched two signature men’s fragrance, Unforgivable and I AM KING, as well as Unforgivable Women’s. Both men’s fragrances won the FiFi awards (annual event sponsored by The Fragrance Foundation which honor the fragrance industry’s creative achievements) in the ‘Best men’s fragrance’ category. In May of 2010, Sean John signed a deal with American retail giant Macy’s to be the exclusive U.S. department store retailer for the Sean John men’s sportswear collection. The Sean John product is available online at macys.com and in over 400 Macy’s stores this year.
‘Posh Spice’ from the famed Spice Girls music band started her own fashion line some years ago, and much to the skepticism earned glorified reviews from fashion critiques. Winning the ‘Designer of the year’ award at the British Fashion Awards 2011, Victoria Beckham established herself as more than just a footballer’s wife. She is a great model herself for the line, as she continues to be in the best-dressed list of women in Britain. Business Insider reports that in 2011, Victoria’s clothing line made an impressive $95 million in sales. The collection retails at $600-$6000. Showing her line at the biannual New York Fashion Week, Victoria Beckham collection is said to be flying off the racks in American shops where her fame as a celebrity is lesser known.
Ashley & Mary Kate Olsen
Who knew ‘Michelle Tanner’— the cute adorable child actors from the show Full House, will be ruling a mini fashion empire in their young adulthood? Twin sisters and actors Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have three very successful fashion lines under their belt currently — Olsenboye, a kids fashion line; Elizabeth and James, targeted towards a mid-market; and The Row, a high-end line. The great thing about celebrity-designers is that they are their own free models and publicists. The girls are often seen in Elizabeth and James casuals walking around in Manhattan and on the red carpet wear The Row. They have starred in numerous magazines and have been looked up by young girls spanning from their pre-teen years to the 20s. The latest accolade for the twins was winning the prestigious CFDA award for ‘Womenswear designer of the year’ for their line The Row. According to Business Insider, the Olsen twins business is now worth a whooping $1 billion dollars. The 26-years-old sisters live in New York City.
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