Being a gorgeous figure on the runway or the face of a major fashion campaign isn’t enough for some supermodels, and why should it be? In this day and age, it pays to diversify your fashion portfolio, both literally and figuratively. Four smart models have chosen to take on roles as fashion designers by either launching their own brands or collaborating with existing ones to create bespoke collections or pieces. Read on for insight and details into the four fashion ventures you need to know by models-turned-designers.
Emily Ratajkowski x Christy Dawn
The tawny-limbed model and actress has added another line to her vitae by branching into fashion design. Her collaboration with friend Christy Dawn resulted in the ‘Emily’ dress, which features the kind of universally flattering details that make the dress look fantastic on everyone.
Lemlem, started by Liya Kebede in 2007, is a pioneering lifestyle brand that provides gorgeous products for men, women, children, and the home. Kebede launched Lemlem because the traditional craft of weaving in her native Ethiopia was becoming a lost art. By employing Ethiopian weavers to create products for Lemlem, she’s not only helping to preserve that art, but she’s also providing native weavers with economic independence and a living wage.
Co + Co by Coco Rocha
After years of wearing designer clothes on the runway, Coco Rocha is trying her hand at design with the impending release of her new women’s ready-to-wear line. Co + Co will launch in 2016 and will tap into the popular streetwear trend with architecturally inspired, smartly tailored separates and dresses.
Naomi Campbell x Yamamay
Naomi Campbell not only helped create a line of stunning lingerie in collaboration with Italian brand Yamamay, but she also starred in a sizzling campaign for her collaboration, which was shot by none other than Mario Testino. Although some veteran models end up fading into obscurity, Campbell knows how to stay in the spotlight. The benefit to you is that her lingerie line, available online, is shockingly affordable, with prices that range from AED 117/SAR 120 for bras to AED 238/SAR 243 for a robe.