Celebrity clothing collections are almost appearing as frequently as celebrity perfumes. And that’s saying something.
Whilst some are mediocre, displaying some slightly over priced but well marketed, cheaply made and over the top designs, there are in fact several celebrity collections on the market currently which are actually worth raving about. I may not have every faith in how much input the celebrity has had over the collection, however they sell out in seconds, and rightly so. Here’s the good, the bad and the mediocre.
Amy Childs Clothing Collection
Amy Childs’ has quite an extensive collection of dresses, sold exclusively in her boutique and on her website. Not only are her collections classy, wearable and pretty affordable (which is more than you can say for several other collections) but they are worn by the TOWIE star herself, at any possible occasion, which although might sound like a bit of extra publicity, it shows that she is actually a fan of her own collection (and I am too). Similarly, she caters for her varied fan-base, providing classy, elegant numbers for young women in their twenties, and pastel pink baby doll dresses suited towards her younger fan-base. Despite growing up in Essex, Amy has definitely developed her style since starring on the ITV2 show and the entire collection oozes ‘sophisticated young woman’. I’m not a huge fan of the other TOWIE girls collections, as they are a bit cheap and plastic looking, however I made an exception for Amy’s. Amy’s collection can be viewed – here.
Although I was VERY excited about the launch of this much anticipated collection, I’m afraid to say I was hugely disappointed. There’s no doubt that the Kardashian’s were extremely popular in the UK, on the promotional tour for their collection and no doubt several of the designs sold out overnight, however after taking a look in my local Dorothy Perkins, there wasn’t one piece I would happily part with my money for. The designs are plain, unflattering and rather tacky looking (there’s way too much leopard print), and there isn’t one dress or item that is standoutish (technical term!) or wearable in my opinion.
Any of the pieces could be bought from a different high street shop, probably for a much lower price tag, the only difference is you wouldn’t have the KK logo on the label. I am sure this collection went down well with fans, who couldn’t wait to ‘look like’ the gorgeous sisters, however, I won’t be buying anything from the range in the near future. In addition, the photographs advertising the campaign are uneccesarily photo-shop the sisters within an inch of their lives, which is completely the wrong way to go about things – as they are supposed to be the poster family for curves and ‘natural beauty’. Take a look for yourself – here.
Caggie Dunlop ISWAI
Caggie recently launched a second collection on her website ‘It Starts With An Idea’ (ISWAI) and once again, it proved to be extremely popular, despite having left Chelsea two series ago. The collection (modelled by Caggie, her cousin Alice and Bachelor star Tabby) isn’t anything new, life changing or particularly unique, however Caggie has honed in on how popular her casual sense of style was on the E4 show and this forms the basis of the online store. With prices starting at £25, for a plain grey marl t-shirt emblazoned with ‘ISWAI’, the collection isn’t what you would call affordable, but it is definitely different from all the other rather generic celebrity collections. See what you think about Caggie’s collection here.
Despite many people criticizing Chloe for her powerful connections in the world of fashion (ie: her father, Topshop tycoon Phillip Green), and using this as a way of getting her own collection, I actually am a huge fan of Chloe’s. Although the price range is a little high for me personally, the former Made In Chelsea star clearly has a flair for fashion and unique design. Like Mr Louboutin, Chloe distinguishes her collection from others by the colour of each shoe’s sole, although rather than a deep red, Chloe has chosen a turquoise green (with a black baroque style pattern for A/W). Funnily enough, this is to reflect her surname. Due to the success of her summer range, Chloe’s new A/W collection will also be sold in Selfridges from the 19th November on wards and joining the shoes, are a capsule collection of jewellery and scarves. View Chloe’s collection – here.
Okay, so Victoria Beckham might be a slightly different calibre of celebrity, but she is still worth including. Although I wouldn’t personally wear her collection (because quite frankly, £1,625 + for a dress – other than your wedding dress – is an awful waste of money), however I do love how her dresses influence many other celebrity collections. I’m a little unsure about her most recent collection, which seems to feature several pieces inspired by a rather ‘unflattering’ nurses uniform. Maybe it’s just me though? View her collection – here.
What do you think? Do you love celebrity collection’s, or are they just a bit of extra publicity?