The growth of celebrity "fashion designers" drives me to distraction. Heck - why not celebrity car mechanics? Celebrity hair dressers? Celebrity bankers? A lush financial outlook entices the untalented to dabble in things they shouldn't - but this bad economy is separating the silk from the polyester. The current worst-wear list includes Jessica Simpson, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Kristin Davis. But cheer up! Collections by some deluded designers are flying off the racks and back into their packing boxes. For instance, Kristin Davis' pleat-intensive line is being pulled from Belk's racks, and her fashion show at Bryant Park cancelled. Why? Well, I can show you easier than I can tell you:
Yep, not kidding. Frankly, if I were employed at Dress Barn, I'd be suing Davis for copyright infringement.
Now - the good news. There are some celebrities who deserve their name on a dress tag. Two, actually. The Olsen twins have an innovative, provocative style that has captured the minds of the sartorially gifted - from Karl Lagerfield to Lauren Hutton. Check out their fabulous fashion tome, Influence.
This season, the twins have added shoes and jewelry to their line, Elizabeth and James, which is a success - people actually wear it. In public.
Visit the website for more doubly-delicious style: Elizabeth and James.
Images: Pic 1, Belk's. Pic 2, Amazon.com. Pic 3 - 4 ElizabethandJames.com.