I love Madonna. At my fourth grade birthday party, all my friends and I took turns preforming to "Like A Prayer" in my parents' living room. (My dad still has it on a VHS tape, purely for embarrassment sake.) Fast forward 20 years, and I'm still rocking out to Madge. And it's not just her music I love. Madonna's a triple threat: she sings, she dances, and she acts. But there's one thing the material girl can't do … work with material, i.e. design clothes.
When she released her junior Material Girl line at Macys (in collaboration with her daughter Lourdes), I had some high expectations. Granted, I'm not a teen, so I wouldn't actually wear any of the clothes -- or fit into them -- but I wanted Madonna to succeed. Too bad that didn't happen. According to this review, the clothes "used the cheapest fabric possible and it shows," and even though the line is meant for girls ages 13 to 25, "only 25 year olds who have the body of a 13-year-old girl will [be able to] fit it," said another shopper. Can you say clothing catastrophe?
Of course, Madge isn't the only celeb with a terrible clothing line. I found 10 other major celeb clothing line fails. Click here to get the entire list, or keep scrolling for a sneak peek. (Can you guess who's the biggest flop of all?)
Then, tell us: Are there any celeb clothing lines you actually like? If so, share in the comments below.
Lauren Conrad started her fashion designer career on the reality show "The Hills" in 2007, and critics say it was over before it even began. Less than six months after debuting "The Lauren Conrad Collection," the line was pulled from Los Angeles boutique Kitson's racks because sales tanked so badly.
When the clothes were first shown on the runway, one critic said, "hardly anything was properly fitted, many of the dresses bunched in the back, and one model's boobs were totally squeezing out of the top of her dress." Once the line came out, customers agreed, saying the clothes were "plain, unflattering, and boring." For the price ($225 for a plain tank dress?!), they expected better. The leggings were "paper-thin" and everything else was made of "cheap-looking fabric more befitting a Target line than anything you'd pay boutique prices [for]," says another reviewer.
The star just came out with her "Paper Crown" line in August of 2011. We'll have to see if that one's any better.
Hmm ... does anyone else think the pieces in Beyonce Knowles' "House of Dereon" line (done in collaboration with her mom, Tina) look just like the stuff that Ed Hardy sells? Critics thought so too; they called the line "painful to look at," saying that "every piece has too much going on; too many buttons, ties, and logos."
"House of Dereon didn't deserve a spot at fashion week," says one reviewer. "Ugliest, cheapest-looking clothes I've ever seen." Another critic calls it the "House of Dead Wrong," saying the line is "laughable" and that they should stop pushing that "tacky, silly, country bootleg couture." Ouch.
Avril Lavinge's line "Abbey Dawn" stopped being sold at Kohl's in 2008. However, it's still available on her website and even showed at Fashion Week in September of 2011, which seems odd, since so many reviewers were left asking how someone with such poor fashion sense could be allowed to design a clothing line.
It's very "Avril" (aka: teeny bopper overload), which obviously attracted a very small percentage of girls ages 12 to 14. "If you like skulls, glitter, and graffiti, then 'Abby Dawn' is where you'll want to shop," says one critic. To sum it all up, here's what another critic says: "Perhaps Abby Dawn's 'What The Hell' t-shirt isn't just referring to Avril's latest single."
Jennifer Lopez's line "Sweetface" was sold exclusively at Kohl's until it stopped production in 2009 after poor sales. The line was supposed to showcase the celeb's "urban street style," but many customers were disappointed. One woman says, "I feel like I can go to any store in the mall and find the exact same pieces made by 20 other designers. Where is the J. Lo 'wow' factor I have grown to love?"
Many customers also say the quality was hit or miss. "The faux fur on the short sleeve sweater feels like sandpaper," says one woman. Another shopper says she was shocked by the high prices: $48 for a scarf, $90 for a dress with "a tiny bit of ruching," and $84 for a sequin cropped top. Also, "the jewelry was junk. And expensive junk [at that]," she says.
Madonna created this junior line for Macy's with her teenage daughter, Lourdes. And while it's been sold in stores since June 2010, women still aren't impressed. Even celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch says he was left feeling "underwhelmed" by the designs. One woman says she went to buy something for her daughter, and found "the quality of the clothes was really terrible." While it is a junior's line that stresses affordability, "they use the cheapest fabric possible and it shows," she says.
Another critic says that the line is meant for girls ages 13 to 25, but "only 25 year olds who have the body of a 13-year-old girl will [be able to] fit it." This means that older, die-hard Madonna fans are squeezing their womanly figures into these tiny clothes, leading to another "low-rise/muffin top fiasco," she says.
Kim Kardashian and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe teamed up with Sears to produce their own clothing line in November of 2011. One fashion critic thinks the reason it's failing is because the department store sells appliances next to the Kardashian clothing collection. But when you actually look at the clothes, you see what's really holding women back.
One shopper says the clothes are "disappointing and cheaply made; the tags are sewn through and show in the back of all the clothes! Very shoddy work." Another woman says that there's no way she would wear anything in the intimates section of the Kardashian Kollection. "The underwear is full of bells and whistles that would probably show through and make you feel uncomfortable," she says.
It's one thing for Kitson boutiques to sell t-shirts plastered with Paris Hilton's face and the words "Sexy Bitch" written all over them. But to sell them for $80? It's no surprise that some women have revolted.
"With lots of shiny, cheap-looking dresses, it has to be one of the most unattractive celebrity fashion lines on the market," says one shopper. "It looked cute on the model, but the pattern was too busy and it made me look bigger," says another. "And the zipper looks cheap and like it's about to break."
The fact that Miley Cyrus' clothing line with Max Azria has taken over Wal-Mart isn't going over well with most women. "I walked into the store and I was shocked at how nearly everything in the clothing department has been replaced with clothing from Miley Cyrus' new clothing line," says one shopper. And the quality of the her clothes doesn't compare to what Wal-Mart used to sell, says another shopper who bought one of Cyrus' scarves and found that it was made of "terribly fragile material."
Lucky for these women, there are rumors that the collaborative line is going to be shut down because it's not doing well.
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