Column - 10 musicians with fashion lines featuring Liam Gallagher, Kanye, Kings Of Leon, Gwen Stefani & more
There used to be a time when to be a successful musician you had to write songs, record them and possibly play them live. Clearly you're no one these days unless you've got your own fashion line, because clearly the ability to play the guitar and design blouses linked on a fundamental level. With the likes of Best Coast and Sonic Youth launching lines and Kanye West currently in Paris for Fashion Week, we look at ten musicians who've hit the catwalks.
Name: Kanye West
Fashion Foray: DW deals in fur and little else
West's label DW label bombed when shown at Paris last October but he's back for more this year. His comeback release? Stilettoes for $6000, naturally.
Who'd be seen dead in it? Kanye West, and friends of Kanye West
Name: Gwen Stefani
Fashion Foray: 'Flirty' Rock and Roll chic from Love. Angel. Music. Baby. or LAMB for short
Taken from her debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Stefani produces colourful clothing based on the singer's own style - smart, yet quirky suits, blouses and dresses to name a few items. It seems as though she takes influence from tie-dye and patterns, the label seems to have an 80s vibe.
Who'd be seen dead in it? Gwen herself, and all the Hollaback Girls of the world
Fashion Foray: African trade-friendly clothing line Edun
The Background: We all know Bono is a charitable man, and his clothing line founded alongside Ali Hewson in 2005 benefits those in poverty in Africa. Though this is no guilty purchase, a pair of jeans cost between $190-$250., though it is surprisingly stylish
Who'd be seen dead in it? Bob Geldof or anyone who has a thing for blazer-jeans combo
Name: Liam Gallagher
Fashion Foray: Top of the range 'lads' wear with Pretty Green
Allegedly the reason Oasis is no more - the brothers Gallagher fell out over demands a Pretty Green ad appear in the band's tour programme - despite initial scepticism, Liam's fashion range has proved surprisingly durable since its launch in 2009, not only expanding beyond its modish clothing into accessories, but it has also recruited Paul Weller (who fittingly actually wrote Pretty Green) as a fellow designer to supply neo 'Mods' with everything from John Lennon Hats to Desert Boots.
Who'd be seen dead in it? Geezers. Pretty Green got the seal of approval from 'the streets' by being one of the few fashion stores to be raided by rioters in Manchester last summer
Name: Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino
Fashion Foray: The frontwomen has channelled her inner Cher from Clueless for Urban Outfitters
Bethany Cosentino might not have even finished recording Best Coast's second album yet but she's already launching a line for the US store. You can expect to see it in stores from May as part of UO's Urban Renewal range. Cosentino said: "Stevie Nicks has always been my fashion icon, so I wanted to blend her infamous witchy style with the 90s valley girl theme that I was so entranced by as a young girl."
Who'd be seen dead in it? Hopefully, for Cosentino's sake, Stevie Nicks.
Fashion Foray: i.am clothing, which is futuristic yet classic just like the head designers use of punctuation... possibly
Will.i.am actually studied at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising before joining The Black Eyed Peas, so in theory he actually knows what he's doing. He's even got a mission statement explaining that "inspired by music, art, fashion and technology, i.am clothing embodies a modern futuristic collection that is creative and unique in design."
Who'd be seen dead in it? Fans of leather and military boots, possibly not for those wishing to show off their hump, their lovely lady bumps
Name: Kings Of Leon
Fashion Foray: The Followill clan teamed-up with label Surface To Air for a collection. Not sure how much designing was actually done by the band...
A simple concept, high end clothes fans could wear to make them look like part of the band. This business model only works though without the existence of
Topman as the KOL's checked flannel shirts were in the pricey £112 bracket.
Who'd be seen dead in it? Minted lumberjacks, members of Kings Of Leon
Name: Kim Gordon
Fashion Foray: The Kings Of Leon's successor at Surface To Air
The Sonic Youth grand dame has picked up where the KOLs have left off, after
Surface To Air noticed Gordon was wearing their shoes. She currently collaborating on a "capsule collection" though she wont' be having a full line, because "there are so many other things that are more of a priority for me, like doing art."
Who'd be seen dead in it? Gossip Girl!
Fashion Foray: You like dungarees, right?
Never deemed too fashionable, Eminem did have his own clothing line, Shady LTD, during the early 2000s. It consisted of t-shirts and hoodies containing dollar signs and of course Jason masks.
Who'd be seen dead in it? Hip hop fans on Halloween
Name: Pharrell Williams
Fashion Foray: His line is called Billionaire Boys Club, and that sums up the clients
Dealing in limited quantities and high prices, clothing line Billionaire Boys Club is complimented by shoe company Ice Creams.
Who'd be seen dead in it? Jay-Z, he partnered-up with the label in August 2011 so we imagine he gets a decent staff discount
1:10 PM | 06/03/2012
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