Do celebrities steal the spotlight from real designers?
There’s an interesting article in the New York Times today, about how celebrity clothing lines now have much more buzz than real fashion designer’s own lines.
Phillip Lim, who recently won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) highest honor for emerging talent, expresses his frustration at competing with celebrity-driven labels, such as Sean John by Sean “Diddy” Combs and JLO by Jennifer Lopez.
“You think, ‘Wow, how unfair,’” he says.
“Celebrities have made it harder for real designers,” veteran designer Vera Wang also says. “You could be competing against a television or movie star for a fragrance deal, and that’s an added pressure for designers. We’re working really hard to keep our heads above water, and does the public differentiate, or care? Those are big questions.”
How strongly would you say you’re influenced to buy a brand due to its celebrity status?