Are Models The New Designers?Apr 7, 2010 @ 5:19 pm
A handful of major models have stepped beyond the runway to flex their design chops recently. Erin Wasson lent her chic bohemian style to surf and skate brand RVCA for a womenswear collection and started an edgy silver-heavy costume jewelry line Low Luv, while Coco Rocha debuted a design from her new line, Rococo, at this year’s Grammys. And Kate Moss, who paved the way with her successful collections for Topshop, is expanding to a handbag line with luxury accessories brand Longchamp. Elle Macpherson, Liya Kebede, Lily Cole and Natalia Vodianova are just a few more of the beauties on board with the trend. After building a career modeling clothes and working closely with the industry’s top couturiers, design is a logical step for these models, who strive to earn as much credibility as the major fashion houses they represent on the runway. “I want people to take me seriously,” Rocha told WWD. “I want to be able to turn around and say, ‘I made that.’” Tell us what you think of the supermodel-turned-designer trend in the comments section below!