Actresses That Started Fashion Lines: Success or Hot Mess?

The entertainment and fashion industries have long had a mutualistic relationship. For example, every year, the Met Gala is an opportunity for actresses to adorn themselves with the exquisite creations of fashion designers. But what happens when the tables are turned and the actresses decide to try their hand in the fashion scene? Let’s take a look!

(1) Jessica Simpson

They say if you dream it, it will come true. In the case of Jessica Simpson, she sure has come a long way from “These Boots Are Made For Walkin“– in fact all the way to launching her own shoe line in 2006. They are available on Nordstrom, DSW, Dillards, Zappos, Macy’s. As a proud owner of not one, but two pairs of Jessica Simpson heels, we give her a thumbs up for making the shift between acting as Daisy Duke in the “Dukes of Hazzard” to a fashion entrepreneur that commands a billion dollar company.

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(2) Sarah Jessica Parker

If you didn’t watch “Sex and the City” in the early 2000s, the movies, and the reruns… several times, we would like to have proof that you are human! Sarah Jessica Parker, better known for her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw, a NYC writer passionate about fashion, released her shoe line, SJP Collection in 2014. It is now available for purchase in many department stores like Bloomingales, Zappos, and Neiman Marcus. In fact, she opened her own boutiques in New York City, Las Vegas, and Dubai to exclusively sell these shoes. Way to go Sarah!

(3) Gwyneth Paltrow

Launched in 2008, Goop is a lifestyle brand that also gives health and wellness advice while selling fashion, beauty, and home products. Paltrow, often criticized as out of touch due to her extensive tastes (as reflected in Goop’s high end prices), seems to have found her footing in the fashion industry where customers are indeed willing to pay more than premium prices for things that may not be necessary in everyday life.

(4) Zendaya

Launched in 2016, Daya by Zendaya was the Disney Channel’s actress’ way of introducing the world to her street style. However, Zendaya stands to learn a few tricks from other actresses that have secured themselves a piece of the fashion pie. As of March 2018, Daya by Zendaya is on hiatus after Zendaya fired the company responsible for distribution of her clothing line due to numerous customer complaints. Maybe next time Zendaya!

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(5) Blake Lively

Crowned as America’s sweetheart, Blake Lively decided to transfer her new found acting fame to the busy world of fashion. Needless to say, Preserve, a lifestyle brand launched in the summer of 2014 by Lively, shut down in 2015. Many attribute this failure to the brand’s reliance on Blake Lively’s image. In fact, the brand struggled to find it’s identity amidst a sea of products that seem to only cater to a southern-themed bridal shower.

Author: Mayowa Ige

Mayowa is an effervescent and passionate Nigerian fashionista bathed in SoCal sunshine. Often spotted with a striking purple lip and a fierce leather jacket, she is unapologetically honest and will tell you if your brows scream S.O.S. to leave you unabashedly on fleek. Follow her adventures @emirestudios

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