Can it be? Is Leighton Meester going to join the celebrity designers gang? According to an interview with Vogue UK, it's a possibility: "The more I think about it the more it sounds like something I would want to do. I don't know if it'd be any time soon but I'd really like to work on a collaboration with somebody — I always have ideas for stuff like that." And who might she draw inspiration from? "I really like Cate Blanchett, she's got a really interesting take on things . . . she experiments but is very much a woman. I think Helen Mirren is very sexy and of course I love Audrey Hepburn." Let's not hold our breath, but I would love to someday see what Leighton could create. And judging from her fashion-forward looks, she's got the eye. Step inside to see her 10 best.
Jessica Simpson, singer turned savvy business guru, has proved her worth in the retail world with a successful clothing, footwear, swimwear, lingerie, accessories, and, most recently, a denim line, which she promises will deliver great butts to many women. For Fall '10, look forward to dark rinse denim skinnies paired with slick wool coats, cargo pants contrasted with faux fur vests, and dressy jumpsuits. Furthermore, suede wraparound sandals and tough lace-up booties instantly add a modern, tough touch.
We sure didn't see this one coming: Target inked a deal with William Rast to design a collection for its next designer collaboration series. The collection, founded by Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala, will include both women's and men's clothing. "The collection for Target was inspired by the essence of the William Rast brand — the iconography of biker culture and American denim heritage," said Colin Dyne, from William Rast. Price points are still under wraps, but it's sure to be way more affordable than the brand's namesake $95 to $595 collection. The line hits stores and online on Dec. 19.
It's been a while since we heard anything about Nicky Hilton's clothing line, Chick by Nicky Hilton, but now the socialite is coming out with costume jewelry for Fall. "I’m a crazy jewelry collector. I've always known since I was a teenager that I wanted to do a line. Whenever I bought something, whether at a flea market in Paris or a bazaar in India, I've been collecting pieces," she said. Nicky has paired up with Titan Brands to bring baubles — wholesaling from $35 to $480 — with themes like Art Deco (inspired by her mother and grandmother's David Webb pieces) and Spike and Snakes. The collection will first hit Endless.com exclusively, then Nicky will take her goods to department and specialty stores. Are you interested?
It should come as no surprise — she did tell us a long time ago it was in the works — that Rachel Zoe has inked a deal to roll out her lifestyle brand, The Rachel Zoe Collection. Rachel will pump out contemporary accessories, shoes, and apparel for Fall 2011, with the possibility of home down the line. Goods will be sold in better department stores, specialty stores, and ecommerce. Zoe revealed, "Subconsciously or consciously, my whole final goal — I don't want to say final because that sounds very like it's the end — but I would say my ultimate dream scenario was to be on the design side."
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You may recall, I have a longtime girl crush on Ivanka Trump — remember my salute to her style last year? Well, the real estate executive is rising as the dark horse of luxury goods. Not only is her high-end jewelry collection floating along, but she also recently announced she will soon design shoes and handbags. "Ivanka Trump is quickly becoming one of the world's most recognized young businesswomen and entrepreneurs," said Mondani President Steven Hedaya. And Ivanka's on it. She's sharing her latest and greatest via her blog on her jewelry website, is a Twitter-aholic (with 700,000 plus followers), has a Facebook presence, and contributes to philanthropic institutions like GirlUp. Expand away pretty lady.
Are we really surprised Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took Elizabeth and James to Sunnyville? While they've already produced The Row sunglasses, this unisex line will debut to high-end global retailers with an exclusive Resort '10 collection retailing at $185. Two styles are up first: the Hudson, a modern aviator, and the Fairfax, a cool cat eye. These are high-tech, made of high-quality acetate sheet material and CR39 lenses."Elizabeth and James's eyewear details are distinct but discreet and exude the unique aesthetic of the Elizabeth and James brand," Mary-Kate Olsen claimed. Elizabeth and James's Spring '11 sunglass collection will bring more unique styles to the masses and will roll out to Elizabeth and James retailers and fine optical boutiques, with prices ranging from $155 to $265.
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The latest episode of The City left me curious about Whitney Port's Fall line. So of course, I had to check out the complete collection. Staying true to her eclectic ways, Whitney created crinkled velvet trenches, lamé-printed dresses, and iridescent animal-print skirts. For the vintage gal, the celeb designer also delivered ivory lace leggings and dresses. Textured, daring, interesting. What are your thoughts?
True, Lindsay Lohan got booted from Ungaro, but the actress still has her own 6126 line to keep her creative juices flowing. She recently expanded her repertoire from leggings to full-blown ready-to-wear and handbags. ". . . I wanted to create pieces that would allow you to pair your favorite leg wear items with your favorite statement blazer or top, transforming your look from day to night," she said. The apparel is due this Fall; the handbags are set for a Spring '11 launch. Click through to see Lindsay, her sister, Ali, and other models show off the massive collection. And don't miss the sketches for the upcoming handbag line.
Target gives FabTV a sneak peek at their new collaboration with celebrity favorite Eugenia Kim. Accessorize with one of her signature hats like fans Cameron Diaz, Madonna, Sienna Miller, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Keys. Not sure if you can pull off one of Spring's hottest trends? Watch our video for tips on how and when to wear these killer additions, then shop the look when it hits stores April 18!