Over the last few years there has been a rise in celebrity-endorsed fashion brands, as well as a lot of celebrities setting up their own lines. Some actresses have even given up their careers for it: Ashley Olsen, for example, moved on from acting to fully focus on designing and learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry. Together with her sister Mary-Kate Olsen, she now runs the highly successful $1 billion business, Dualstar. As there are so many interesting celebrity fashion brands around, we picked out our top five for you.
House of Deréon is a fashion line set up by Beyoncé Knowles – a fashion role model to many. Together with her mother Tina Knowles, Beyoncé launched the brand in 2005 and since then it’s been a much-loved ready-to-wear brand. This line in particular stands out because it mixes comfortable streetwear with a feminine and avant-garde appeal.
2. Justin Timberlake for William Rast
Is there anything Justin Timberlake can’t do? Next to keeping up a successful music career, with a new album being released this year, he has purchased MySpace, starred in several Academy Award-nominated blockbusters and runs his own tequila line. He also co-founded the fashion line William Rast, which focuses on premium jeans.
3. Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton, who is best-known for her role as Marissa Cooper in The O.C., has been a big name in fashion for a while now: she modelled for many high-fashion brands, became the face of Herbal Essences and was personally handed the InStyle Icon of the Year award by Karl Lagerfeld (the creative director of Chanel) in 2008. So it perhaps doesn’t come as a surprise that she launched her own brand. In the initial stages of her self-titled brand she focused on headbands, but she has now moved on to designing handbags instead. You can see and buy some of her handbags on this site.
4. Pharrell Williams for Billionaire Boys Club
The Billionaire Boys Club is an internationally known clothing line, founded by one third of N.E.R.D. and successful songwriter Pharrell Williams. Together with Tomoaki Nagao, of BAPE fame, they set up a sub label for girls named the Billionaire Girls Club, turning the brand into one of the most renowned international streetwear labels.
5. David Beckham for H&M
It might not be all that surprising that the famous British footballer David Beckham also became a fashion icon. Following the footsteps of his wife, ex-Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, he launched his own men’s bodywear line for H&M. The clothes are affordable and made from great materials with a great fit, and luckily for the guys, this is a long-term deal between the footballer and the fashion house.