Rachel, Claudia, Kanye? How celebrity lines are causing excitement again
Thursday 15 September 2011
After a perceived "overkill" concerning celebrity-designed collections, some stars new to the design game get approved by the harshest of critics.
Granted, self-respecting fashion fans will probably stay away from anything designed by the Kardashians and are likely to dimiss Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's ranges for Kohl's (released post-divorce), but Claudia Schiffer's cashmere line as well as Rachel Zoe's label, which has now celebrated its fashion week debut, are reasons to believe in the future of celebrity fashion.
The latest hopeful is rapper Kanye West, who apart from his much-publicized love for Givenchy and Louis Vuitton, interned at fashion labels ranging from The Gap to Fendi and was rumored to be thinking of showing his first collection during New York fashion week - the place of respected celebrity clothing, as the Olsen twins, Victoria Beckham, or Gwen Stefani can attest.
As it turned out, however, New York wasn't on the schedule - yet, Paris might be. According to Harper's Bazaar Australia and a source that has been consulting on the line, West will show at 9:30pm on October 1. The fact that he seems to have missed New York fashion week completely would be another indication, as Fashionista points out. Everyone from Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci to Céline's Phoebe Philo have been rumored to be involved in West's project, making this potential showing the most talked-about collection of the upcoming Paris fashion week.
And fashion insiders wouldn't want to miss it. As Carine Roitfeld told Styleite: "I know very well Kanye and I know he's very good in fashion...He could teach fashion. I'm very curious. And I'll be there - if there's a show, I will be there, certainly."
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