It's almost go time for a new round of delebrities — celebrities as designers.
The trend doesn't seem to be slowing, as the newest crop of actors and entertainers prepare to enter the industry and unveil their lines for fall. LL Cool J will hit Sears stores with a full range of apparel for juniors, young men and children; Avril Lavigne will launch her Abbey Dawn line at Kohl's; Rachel Bilson's Edie Rose for DKNY Jeans brand will take the floor at department stores, and Kristin Davis will soon be selling her line on the better floor at Belk.
While the track record of celebrity apparel lines has been filled with missteps — Jennifer Lopez's collection has gone through numerous iterations; Beyoncé Knowles' House of Deréon line had a slow start; Eve's Fetish collection never succeeded, and Diddy's women's line never got off the ground — the allure of the category hasn't dimmed. Retailers are responding by securing these personalities with exclusive lines intended to generate buzz for the stores.
"From Wet Seal to J.C. Penney, stores are all looking for the next big thing to be able to bring in new customers," said Michelle Roback, a sales executive with Jerry Leigh, a licensing firm in Los Angeles that had a major role in the deal between Lavigne and Kohl's. "Bringing in this sort of talent can certainly do that for these stores."
But the forecast is mixed as to how these brands will perform once they hit the sales floors.
"Avril has her own funky style....But I'm not sure I could see her making supergirly dresses if the trends move in that direction, so I really don't see this brand as a long-term thing," said Lisa Chase, founder of CelebrityEverything.com, a Web site for the celebrity-obsessed crowd.
Chase sees LL Cool J working well for guys, since he "has the best pecs in Hollywood." However, she isn't sure a junior apparel line from LL Cool J would work quite the same way.
"With all the competition out there, I really can't see girls seeking out clothing from LL Cool J for themselves to wear," she said. "Rachel Bilson, on the other hand, is a modern classic. She has great style and girls will want to dress like her. I could see her line lasting a long time."
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)