Gwyneth Paltrow, You Are NOT a Designer

gwynethEveryone knows how we feel about celebrity clothing designers. We’ve said it a million times before, but today is Thursday and we are tired and cranky so we are going to say it again:

Just because you are famous and dress well, it does NOT mean you can design clothes.

Rumor has it that Gwyneth Paltrow is the lastest fashionista to take a stab at designing. Now, I am fully aware that Ms. Paltrow knows how to look good. Hell, the woman looks fabulous when she’s working out! But I know plenty of people who dress well and I don’t see them trying to compete with Marc Jacobs for a spot at NY Fashion Week.

I am so sick of famous people thinking that just because they are good at one thing it means they can do everything. (Or, even worse, the ones who are good at NOTHING but keep trying everything. I’m talking to you, Heidi Montag!) You don’t see Ralph Lauren playing frontman to a band or starring in a feature film, so why must you mock him and his talents by slapping your name (and a giant pricetag) on a generic and boring black dress?

There are so many talented designers out there who devote their lives to bringing their craft to the world and by using your fame to hawk your own BS line, it is insulting to them. You are basically saying that anyone can do what they do without even trying.

I am sure that talented actors and actresses frown upon the attention paid to D-List and talentless celebrities like Paris Hilton and Whitney Port. Imagine then, how real designers feel about you, Gwyneth/Posh/Lauren Conrad/Perez Hilton/Jessica Simpson/Jennifer Lopez/etc…

Stick to what you’re good at, people.
Like us! We love cupcakes and sweatpants around here and while you will always see us eating/wearing them, we aren’t trying to be the next Betty Crocker or Juicy Couture. Get it?




  1. Casey says:

    I totally agree with you except for Jessica Simpson (I LOVE her shoes!) and Jennifer Lopez, her stuff, although I haven't seen it in a couple years, used to be really cute. But I agree about everything else.

  2. Kelley says:

    Wow. Nice vent, but c'mon, you really believe that people should be shouldn't be allowed to design clothes just because their famous? That's ridiculous. Just because I'm an engineer doesn't mean I can't also be a free-lance journalist. If people have another passion they have every right to pursue it.

    I am not certain if this was written by a gal, but if it was, I'm a little ashamed at the cattiness of it all. Women should be encouraging each other to achieve their goals.

    I understand that it sucks when celebrities (sometimes) get a free pass into whatever they want – and it turns out horribly, but that shouldn't put a stamp on ALL of them.

    I love cupcakes as well, and I sometimes my cupcakes turn out a whole lot better than Betty's.

  3. Gwenivere says:

    I can see your point and even agree with you in some cases, but what we have to understand is that the celebrities are not actually designing the pieces themselves. They have professional designers that will create pieces for them and then the creations get the celebrities stamp of approval to have their name on the clothing/shoes/accessories.

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  5. Soumia says:

    Thanks for the tip on the shop I had no idea it was there. But I think I will have to set a strict buegdt before I go and then try to stick to it! I cannot resist cookbooks.

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