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Call us fashion-sistahs

Internationally, many actors, singers and socialites are turning designers.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 24, 2010 01:23 IST
Rahul Sabharwal

They’re credited with starting many a trend. It’s only logical then that they get a share of the pie, too. International divas — both actresses and singers — are foraying into the world of fashion designing at blitzkrieg speed.

Recently, there were reports about pop singer Madonna launching her own clothing range, to be sold in US-based store Macy’s. On the same day, TV actress Heidi Montag announced in People magazine that she wanted to come out with a low-end fashion line for fans.

The two might join the league of several other celebrities who have taken up designing as an alternate profession.

One of the most talked about names in the recently held New York Fashion Week, ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham impressed all with her collection, that was inspired by American comic strip detective Dick Tracy and contemporary dance pioneer Martha Graham. Celebrities such as Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Katherine Jenkins, Elle Macpherson and Courtney Cox have worn her collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker, the leading lady of

Sex and the City

, was recently appointed chief creative officer and president of US label Halston. Parker’s fashion line,


, featuring hundreds of clothing items and accessories under $20, launched on June 7, 2007, and is immensely popular.

Singer Gwen Stefani has successfully included ‘fashion designer’ to her resume. Her fashion line,


., released in 2004, achieved popularity among celebrities and is worn by stars such as Teri Hatcher and Nicole Kidman.

The twins from TV show Full House — Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen — too have grown up to be popular names in the fashion industry. Their trademark style, sometimes referred to as the bohemian-bourgeois, is similar to that of Bohemian chic popularised in Britain by model Kate Moss and actress Sienna Miller, who have also seamlessly transitioned from the entertainment to the fashion world.

Of course, for every successful superstar-turned-fashion designer, there is one whose collection has been nothing but an eyesore. Singer Lindsay Lohan’s leggings line, 6126, singer Beyonce Knowles’ fashion line House of Deréon and socialite Paris Hilton’s fashion line for Kitson Boutiques have all been panned by fashion gurus.