These A-listers are now fashion trendsetters launching their own clothing lines that have become some of the biggest brands in the fashion industry. Some even became billionaires as a result.
From singers to actors, the celebrities who have left their Hollywood careers behind and invested heavily in their brands are diverse.
They made headlines with their runway shows and some of their lines have managed to keep growing for over a decade. Here are the stars who have been successful with their clothing lines and have influenced the fashion industry.
The successful ones include none other than pop superstar Rihanna. She previously worked with Puma in 2014, followed by the launch of Fenty Beauty in the beauty industry in 2017.
However, she set the bar really high when she launched her first Savage X Fenty lingerie collection at New York Fashion Week in 2018. The inclusivity created enthusiasm.
Last year the New York Times reported that the “Diamond” singer had become the first black designer at LVMH, the parent company of the luxury design houses Givenchy, Dior and Fendi.
Since then her label Fenty has had enormous success. In 2019 she even launched the second collection of the contemporary line. Her beauty brand also caused a sensation with a previously successful lingerie show that was streamed worldwide on Amazon Prime.
Another star making waves is country singer Jessica Simpson. After launching her first line of shoes in 2006, which has grown to be one of the largest in the industry, she is now a powerhouse in the fashion industry.
The collection has expanded from shoes to clothing, accessories, handbags, sunglasses and jewelry. In 2010 alone, Simpson’s line of products grossed a massive $ 750 million in retail sales.
In 2015, the brand reportedly made $ 1 billion in sales with retailers like Nordstrom and Macy’s, making it the first celebrity to top that number.
MARY-KATE & ASHELY OLSEN
Also in the billion dollar class are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who founded their Elizabeth and James brand in 2007. Her line is named after her younger siblings.
The contemporary line includes dresses, tops, sweaters and pants. Their minimalist brand The Row offers classic silhouettes and luxurious materials.
It earned the sisters three CFDA awards in 2012, 2015 and 2018. In total, they have three successful lines, including Olsenboye, a children’s fashion line. Your empire is now worth a whopping $ 1 billion.
In the meantime, Victoria Beckham launched her eponymous fashion brand in September 2008 and is considered a highly acclaimed designer. She has since appeared on the catwalks, and her luxury collections have been praised by editors for their day-to-night wearability.
She usually wears her branded clothes and is slowly becoming a staple on the New York Fashion Week calendar. In 2011 she launched her Victoria Beckham diffusion line, Victoria, and was named Designer of the Year.
The former Spice Girls member was also awarded an OBE for her services to fashion. Beckham’s clothing line had sales of an impressive $ 95 million in 2011.