5 Celebrity Clothing Lines Worth the Hype

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Whether it's a good idea or not, celebrities love to have a hand in every possible arena. From recording contracts to fragrance deals to hair extension lines, if they have the opportunity to further their status, they will do so without question.

Unfortunately, because of this, many celebrity crossover lines and products are sub par. On the other hand, however, there are some celebrities who have done it right. Intrigued? Keep reading for our five favorite celebrity clothing lines.

Elizabeth & James by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Promotional photos from Elizabeth and James Spring '09 Collection.

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Self described as embodying an "eclectic lifestyle by blending uptown and downtown elements with casual and traditional style," Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Elizabeth and James collection is "trend conscious, yet timeless."

Named after the twins' brother and sister and launched in 2007, Elizabeth and James features clothing, shoes, accessories and a newly added menswear branch. As the Olsen's third venture into fashion, Elizabeth and James is a pseudo-luxury brand, priced lower than their high-end collection The Row, and priced higher than their Mary-Kate and Ashley line for discount stores. Popular with the celebrity set, Elizabeth and James designs have been seen on Dakota Fanning, Kristin Cavallari, and Jessica Simpson, just to name a few.

For locations on where to buy Elizabeth and James, check out their website, or shop online at ShopBop.

Why We Love It

Ever since I first heard the words, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...Actually it was bedtime," I have been a Mary-Kate and Ashley devotee. In the 90s, MK&A were the girls who felt like your best friends. I grew up watching the girls first on "Full House," then "Two of a Kind," and finally, "So Little Time." Beyond their enviable acting careers, however, the girls have grown into fashionistas in their own right, making headlines with their unique hippie-grunge-bohemian style.

Naturally, when I heard that the twins were teaming up to create their own high-fashion line, I was intrigued. Today, I can almost always look to Elizabeth and James for some fashion inspiration. Ruffled dresses? Oxfords? Boyfriend blazers? They've got it all, and their pieces are always styled in a way that looks both effortless and chic.

Mary-Kate and Ashley's collection of smart, modified-basics is totally crave-worthy, and always on my radar... though their pieces are not so college-budget friendly. So how to get it? Whether you save for months, score a super-marked-down piece on ShopBop or opt for the Forever 21 knock-offs, if you want it, there's a way to posses a little bit of MK&A style.

Favorite Pieces

Favorite pieces from Elizabeth and James

Product Information: Elizabeth and James Suzette Romper, Jan Multi Band Sandals, Crisscross Tee, and Isis Dress - ShopBop.

Inspired by Elizabeth & James

Outfit inspired by Elizabeth and James

Product Information: Cuffed Blazer, Forever 21. Lucky Brand Ciao Manhattan Snake Charmer Ring, Zappos. Vintage-Destructed Boyfriend Jeans, Gap. Tall Oversized Stripe Crop Tee, Topshop. Women's Lucy 2 Bronze Snake Pumps, Fergie Shoes.

William Rast by Justin Timberlake

William Rast by Justin Timberlake


Promotional Photos from William Rast Spring 2009 Runway

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William Rast is a fashion collaboration founded by Justin Timberlake and his best friend Trace Ayala in 2006. The line's name comes from the names of Justin and Trace's grandfathers--"William" being Justin's, and "Rast" being the surname of Trace's.

Though primarily a premium denim collection for both men and women, William Rast also includes tough leather jackets and relaxed tops and tanks. A fusion of hollywood glamour with Justin's southern roots, William Rast has been favored by celebrities like Vannessa Minnillo and Timberlake's leading ladies, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel. Interested? You can find William Rast online!

Why We Love It

Who would have thought that everyone's favorite boy band member would turn out to have such amazing style? (Or be such a hottie?!) JT always looks put together and smooth.

Full disclosure: I was totally surprised when this line wasn't a complete disaster. Justin did it right though: urban edge and country comfort are perfectly matched within his collection.

As someone with a penchant for designer denim, I can personally tell you that Justin's jeans (tee hee!) are some of the best. Go a size or two up in a pair of William Rast Jerri Ultra Skinny jeans and you've got the perfect casual boyfriend jeans--great color, impeccable distressing, and staying power. Want to make your butt look cute? Go for his Belle Flap Pocket flares. Though the jeans are pricy at $165 and up, if you're on a budget, no worries-- William Rast is often featured on sample sale websites such as Hautelook and Rue La La, and is an almost permanent fixture in Nordstrom Rack stores nationwide.

Favorite Pieces

Favorite William Rast pieces

Product Information: William Rast: Belle Flap Pocket Flare Jean, Jerri Ultra Skinny Jeans, Stella 5 Pocket Boot Cut Jean, Tony Stretch Denim Leggings - Shopbop.

Inspired by William Rast

Outfit Inspired by William Rast

Product Information: BKE Studded Bangle Bracelet, The Buckle. El Morrow Red Plaid Shirt, Hollister. Sienna Fringed Moccasin Booties, J.Crew. Worn Midnight Skinny Jeans, American Eagle.

Twenty8Twelve by Sienna Miller

Twenty8Twelve by Sienna Miller


Promotional Images from Twenty8Twelve.com.

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Twenty8Twelve is a contemporary luxury brand by model-turned-celebrity-turned-actress Sienna Miller and her older sister, Savannah. Announced in 2006 with much anticipation from the fashion community and officially launched in 2007, the UK-based collection includes clothing, accessories, and leather jackets. Featuring trendy details such as studs, brights and floral prints, the line is both romantic and edgy--a blend of motorcycle sharpness and girly couture.

If you're into Sienna's style, try out Twenty8Twelve for a similar look. You can buy it online at Twenty8Twelve.com, and while you're there, make sure to check out Savannah and Sienna's exclusive behind-the-scenes blog!

Why We Love It

As a former model, Sienna knows fashion: the girl always looks great, on or off the runway. Especially admirable, however, is the collaboration with her big sis, Savannah. With Savannah designing and Sienna lending her creative input and banging body, the team has created a fun and fearless collection. The combination of edgy materials and silhouettes coupled with feminine details make for plenty of gorgeous looks. Best of all? Almost every single one of the pieces are totally wearable--something satisfyingly unexpected. If you like what you see on Sienna, you'll probably love Twenty8Twelve.

Favorite Pieces

Favorite pieces from Twenty8Twelve

Product Information: Monomark Skirt and Anaiya Blazer, Logon Print T-Shirt Dress, Boyfriend Cardigan - Shopbop.

Inspired by Twenty8Twelve

Inspired by Twenty8Twelve

Product Information: Melodie Denim Jacket, Delia's. Chiffon Slash Pocket Skirt, Arden B. Solid Basic Cami, Aeropostale. LAMIXX Halter T Back, Moxsie. Qupid Muse 16 Ankle Boots, Cutesy Girl.

L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani

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Promotional Pictures from L.A.M.B. Spring 2010 RTW Collection.

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Gwen Stefani describes L.A.M.B., which stands for love angel music baby, as a little bit of everything, noting "a little bit of Sound of Music, Orange County chola girl, Rastafarian rasta girl, and English Great Gatsby garden-party girls," as her key influences.

Making its runway debut in 2004, L.A.M.B. is a multifaceted brand encompassing clothing and accessories, including amazing bags and shoes, as well as a perfume called simply "L." The collection has had huge commercial success in stores worldwide, and has attracted much celebrity acclaim. Part of the line's success may come from Gwen's fashion background: she comes from a family of seamstresses and is highly involved with the line.

Why We Love It

Gwen was really the first celebrity to do high-fashion right. L.A.M.B., her luxurious collection, was a far cry from the bejeweled tracksuits of its time. L.A.M.B. is always unexpected and fresh, often featuring bold patterns, bright colors and tribal influence. Past collections, for example, have featured checkerboard, cheetah, and rasta patterns, though this season highlights zipper detail and oversized silhouettes.

The perfect look for a glam-rock princess, Gwen's line embodies hipster style paired with urban grunge. Ms. Stefani definitely brings her amazing personal style to this collection, and influences from her ska roots are almost always apparent. Though Gwen seems to have shifted her focus to her diffusion line, Harajuku Girls, L.A.M.B.'s accessory line seems to be going strong. Into high-quality leather goods with a little something extra? You'll love L.A.M.B.

Favorite Pieces

Favorite pieces from LAMB

Product Information: Cinched Blazer, Dorset Barcellon Clutch, Vail Birdcage Sandals, Zip Detail Miniskirt - Shopbop.

Inspired by L.A.M.B.

Outfit inspired by LAMB by Gwen Stefani

Product Information: Rachel Pally Bandage Miniskirt, ShopBop. Patent Oxford Shoe-Boot, Newport News. Victorian Lace Fullfoot Tight, Urban Outfitters. Twinkle Zipper Belt, ShopBop. Dolman Sleeve Knit Top, Forever 21.

House of Harlow 1960 by Nicole Richie

House of Harlow 1960 by Nicole Richie


Nicole shows off her style in her own designs, wearing House of Harlow 1960 jewelry.

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Like many of the lines on this list, House of Harlow was named after a special someone--Nicole's daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden. The line, which currently features jewelry and headbands with a 60's feel coupled with a tribal vibe is set to expand, offering shoes and bags later this year. House of Harlow 1960 embodies Nicole's bold style: the jewelry was made to layer and wear together. Mixed media pieces, including enamel, leather, gold plate and resin create a collection that is interesting, eye-catching, and unique.

Why We Love It

Though technically not a clothing line, Nicole Richie's House of Harlow 1960 accessory line deserves a mention on this list! Nicole has embraced so many personalities over the years: from wild child party girl to celebutante BFF to fashionista to mommy, things keep getting better and better for Miss Richie! Nicole is one of those celebrities who always looks great, even if she's wearing old jeans and a tank. Part of her appeal? Her love for accessories, of course! She piles on the bangles, loves on-the-head headbands, and rocks chunky statement rings like none other.

The real reason her collection rocks? It's totally college-budget friendly with pieces starting at $20. I adore almost every piece in this line: the mix of geometric shapes, tribal styling, and a nod to vintage is perfection. If you're a Nicole fan like I am, make sure to look out for her contemporary clothing line Winter Kate, set to launch later this year!

Favorite Pieces

Favorite pieces from House of Harlow

Product Information: Cream Leather Garter Bracelet, Key Cocktail Ring, Abalone Stations Necklace, Gold Plated Sunburst Cuff - Shopbop.

Inspired by Nicole and House of Harlow

Outfit inspired by House of Harlow

Product Information: Womens Real Straight Jeans, Gap. Sunsets Cliffs Vest, Hollister. Chinese Laundry Belgium 1-Morocco Sandals, Heels.com. Braid Wrap Rhinestone Bracelet, Urban Outfitters. Jessica Simpson Teardrop Stone Cocktail Ring, Zappos. Fitted Scoop Neck Tee, James Perse. Rosary Beaded Necklace, Forever 21.

What do you think?!

Do you have a favorite celebrity designer? Do you own pieces from any of the lines I mentioned? Are there any that I missed that you think deserve to be mentioned? Which celebrity closet would you love to raid? Let me know with your comments!