I'm over celebrity "designed" clothing lines. I don't think I was ever really into them. Most are an insult to those who have paid their dues as a technical designer, patternmaker or illustrator. Frankly, starting a clothing line just seems sorta trite for the average celeb in 2008. Like opening a restaurant or launching a line of clothes (usually basic denim offerings and embellished tee shirts) are the only two investment options for a rapper/singer, athlete or actor.
Most of these celebs have licensing deals. They don't actually own ish. And the vast majority of people who own/run the parent companies that produce these lines have last names like Cohen, Jacobs or Berg. (I hope I didn't offend anyone but it is what it is y'all.) Just because someone is grinning in an ad campaign doesn't mean a doggone thing.
I digress. I'm not angry at all. I am actually pretty pleased because earlier this week I found out that Evin Cosby (Bill's daughter) just opened a boutique in Tribeca, NYC. PB & Caviar (Don't you love that name?) will carry pieces from newer indie designers like Melissa Odabash and Sestra Moja, as well as, cult classics like Anna Sui. And if it counts for anything, Evin did attend the Fashion Institute of Technolgy. Sure, she is working the family name a little bit (okay, maybe a lot) but I'm certainly not mad at her for it. But another graphic tee "designed" by someone who doesn't know anymore about fashion than my 5-year old neice? I would be mad at that. In addition to clothing, PB & Caviar will sell organic beauty products, home decor, children's clothing and toys. Prices for most of the items in PB & Caviar are probably on the high-end; I don't think this is the type of place to drop in and pick up a last minute top for the club. I hope to check it out this weekend. If you want to do a little checking out for yourself, head to 88 Thomas Street (Tribeca), NYC. (There doesn't seem to be a website address yet.)
THANK GOODNESS IT IS FRIDAY!