Models-Turned-Designers : My Top 10

Hi Poutlings

Model-turned-designer is not a new phenomenon, on the opposite there are more models who turn to brands to expose their horizons and give their followers something (clothes, jewellery or shoooooes) designed in their signature style. Some may argue that it’s a disdain for true skill and craft of a designer, others would agree that some models bring their own unique vision into collection.

ANJA RUBIK

Anja Rubik in an ad campaign for her shoe & accessory line with Giuseppe Zanotti

Anja Rubik in an ad campaign for her shoe & accessory line with Giuseppe Zanotti

One of the most recent collaboration collections was designed by Anja Rubik, who I’ve previously blogged on before, along with Giuseppe Zanotti. The model and designer shared their “skills and ideas” in Giuseppe’s brand creating a 6-style footwear line and a handbag. The collection turned out beautiful as it often happens, Anja modeled the entire line herself.

This is not the first of Anja’s designer endeavors though as she already had an experience creating an accessory collection for Quazi in 2011.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her Marks & Spencer Spring/Summer 2013 lingerie collection

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her Marks & Spencer Spring/Summer 2013 lingerie collection

Rose Huntington-Whiteley expressed her desire to design on more than one ocassion but thanks to retailer Marks & Spencer and its lingerie department head Soozie Jenkinson, Rosie’s dream came true and she already launched her second lingerie line with the store. The line is full of pink sets, robes and babydolls.

Rosie also expressed a desire to do some “designing” in five or ten years and wants to have jewellery, lingerie and cashmere lines. Well, she’s got one of them already.

HELENA CHRISTENSEN

Helena Christensen models her lingerie collection for Triumph

Helena Christensen models her lingerie collection for Triumph

Helena Christensen is an original supermodel who has been on numerous magazine covers and in ad campaigns but she also tried her hand at design when she created a lingerie line for Triumph. the line included some printed pieces, sexy lace tops and black strappy styles.

Now Christensen has got her eyes on a bag line she is set to launch in September with Belgium bag brand Kipling. the collection will include eleven styles and focus on floral print.

IMAN

Iman models an Arm Candy bag from her Global Chic line

Iman models an Arm Candy bag from her Global Chic line

Supermodel I”man is true style and fashion icon so it’s no wonder she has her own fashion line. Launched in 2011 with HSN Globalc Chic is a line of statement jewellery and accessories at affordable prices.

Iman thinks that jewellery and accessories add a lot more to the outfit and thus without them one “can never be fully dressed”.

NATALIA VODIANOVA

Natalia Vodianova in ad campaign for her Etam lingerie collection

Natalia Vodianova in ad campaign for her Etam lingerie collection

Natalia Vodianova just recently launched her second footwear collection with the Russian shoe brand Centro. The model designed the classic pumps to raise money for her charity Naked Heart Foundation.

The model has also been given an oppurtunity to design heer own lingerie colections at Etam in 2009, which she used quite successfully.

LILY ALDRIDGE

Lily Aldridge models her collection for Velvet by Graham & Spencer

Lily Aldridge models her collection for Velvet by Graham & Spencer

Victoira’s Secret Angel, Lily Aldridge has just recently designed a thirteen-piece collection with Velvet by Graham & Spencer. The model was asked to do a line after working ten years with the brand,

The line consists of dresses, casual tops and a military style jacket that can easily be introduced into a basic summer wardrobe.

GISELE BUNDCHEN

Gisele Bündchen models her own lingerie line

Gisele Bündchen models her own lingerie line

Gisele Bundchen created a whole empire with all the lingerie, footwear, clothing and beauty lines she launched. The world’s richest supermodel has an iPANEMA Gisele Bundchen sandal line, Gisele Bundchen Brazillian Intimates lingerie brand, and a beauty line under her belt.

But that’s not all she’s done. The model designed a clothing line with a Dutch retailer C&A in 2011 that included dresses, cropped blazers and other items.

SOPHIE DAHL

Sophie Dahl models her own collection for Brora

Sophie Dahl models her own collection for Brora

Sophie Dahl is another model who tried her hand in design. She created a line with a cashmere brand Brora, which consists of thirteen pieces like a tea dress, cardigans, camisole and others.

Besides her modelling career, Sophie Dahl has written for fashion magazines like US and UK Vogues, Harpers Bazaar and such editorials like The Sunday Times, The Observer and The Guardian.

KATE MOSS

Kate Moss for Topshop Final Collection, Fall 2010

Kate Moss for Topshop Final Collection, Fall 2010

Kate Moss has been collaborating with Topshop for three years producing 14 collections in total from 2007 to 2010. Her lines included numerous minidresses and jackets. She released he last collection in 2010 along with Kate Iconic, a capsule line of her most popular designs.

Moss’ designs reflected the models style – a mix of grunge and boho chi – but there were also collections in nontypical for model floral prints and more feminine styles.

GEORGIA MAY JAGGER

Georgia May Jagger launches Hudson by Georgia May collection at Neiman Marcus

Georgia May Jagger launches Hudson by Georgia May collection at Neiman Marcus

Georgia May Jagger tried herself in denim design when she created a line for Hudson Jeans. The model designed a twenty-piece collection with a different cut that the usual Hudson jeans taking inspiration from her mom’s vintage jeans.

So… should models turn into designers? Do you think they do any of the actual design work or just tell the real designers, “THAT’S NICE… I’LL PUT A RING ON IT, MY NAME ON IT”… ? Is it just another money making raquet, like the fragrance market? Does it mean something else? Am I missing the point? Must I stop asking so many questions?

x missfitz

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