Amidst the latest round of rumors that stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe is set to shutter her eponymous label (after she cancelled her February 2014 New York Fashion Week show), here's a throwback (from December 2012) that seems particularly relevant. I've updated it a bit to reflect the most recent turn of events …Industry insiders are reporting that Rachel Zoe's namesake clothing collection, which she launched in 2011 during the height of her popularity after she starred in her own Bravo reality show, may be on its way out. Saks Fifth Avenue and Selfridges have stopped stocking her collection completely, and of the pieces that are carried at Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, the New York post reports that they are perennially on sale. One fashion blogger found this news "disheartening," and that, I couldn't disagree with her more. I love Rachel Zoe's persona, personal style, and the impact she's had on fashion, but guess what, having your own clothing collection is not a right. It's a privilege.
While it may seem that having a clothing line is a right of passage for celebs that have absolutely no design training, it shouldn't be. However, to be fair, very few of the "designers" to follow actually design the pieces themselves: Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, every single one of the Kardashians (including the brother, Rob), Nicole Richie, Snooki from the Jersey Shore, Gwen Stefani, the entire cast of The Hills and Laguna Beach, Madonna, Kanye. I could go on for an hour or five, but you get the point.
Zoe's less-than-stellar sales are a reminder of the fact that just because you have a hit TV show, movie, album, etc. (and can dress other people, in Zoe's case), does not mean you can or even should have a clothing line. There are so many talented young and established designers, who have gone to design school, interned, and who continually put all of their resources and energy into their collections. Leave it to them! I mean, I think I'm smart, but that doesn't mean I think I should try performing spine surgery. So, celebs: Starting right now, leave fashion design to the fashion designers, please. (Ps - The Olsen twins are an exception!).