1. Closet Copycat: Celebrity Designers

    Posted by Grace Wong on December 14, 2012

    In no other age in fashion history have we had anything like the celebrity designer. Someone who’s made their fame elsewhere parlaying their creativity in one of the biggest markets, through the powers of business savvy and an heavy duty sense of style. So, what lies in the personal closets of these women who have achieved success on screen, in the radio and on the runway? Great fashion, obviously – but also practicality, ease, and glamour. It’s time to steal the looks off these multitasking powerhouses.

    Maxi dress with thigh slit, approx. RM92.50, Asos; Metal bar belt, RM139, Topshop; Dolce Vita archer flats, approx. RM210.65, Amazon; Arimino Peace Curl Milk, RM62, Hairdressing.com.my

    Could there be anyone more fabulous to soundtrack our lives? The true queen of R&B and Pop (post-2000), Beyoncé launched House of Deréon (named after grandmother Agnèz Deréon) with her mother Tina in 2006, making clothes that merge the songstress’s urban roots and on-duty, Sasha Fierce personality. The brand has since undergone many changes, including relaunching this year in a more upscale, refined direction, yet retaining Beyoncé’s signature effervescence.

    Beyoncé herself continues her reign in the style department, like in this look she rocked at the recent BET Awards. Steal her red carpet look for day by doing a bold, thigh-high slit in a canary yellow casual maxi dress and luxe flats, and top it off with a warrior-princess-worthy metal plate belt. A product to give your curls a little something extra wouldn’t hurt.

    Mohair sweater, RM179.90, Zara; Boutique diamond geo skirt, approx. RM395, Topshop; Rouge Dior Nude Lip Color in #169 Grege, RM89; Nose classic pointed pumps, RM89.90, Zalora.com.

    Victoria Beckham ditched her Spice Girl spaghetti straps a long time ago, but still remains unwaveringly posh. From severe haircuts and Roland Mouret Moon dresses circa 2007 to the knicker shorts era to her stunning Royal Wedding look, Victoria doesn’t shy away from bold, sexy style choices. Her eponymous line has garnered much critical praise for being what women want: body-loving, sophisticated sheath dresses and plenty of long, lean shapes, which naturally led to her Designer of the Year win at last year’s British Fashion Awards.

    These days, she’s rocking a more pared down version of glamour. Lower, sleeker heels combined with relaxed silhouettes mean she can zip around with her kids with ease. Copy her look here with an office-ready geo print skirt and classic sweater combo. Similarly timeless pointed-toe pumps and a neutral, semi-sheer lip complete the ensemble.

    Deena & Ozzy zip-front Moto satchel, approx. RM150, Urban Outfitters; Yadah Sun Cream SPF40, RM35, Sasa Malaysia; Free People fiesta dress, approx. RM360.68, Revolve Clothing; Jeffery Campbell Coltrane boot in distressed black, approx. RM561.11, Karmaloop.

    Another celeb with a career that has brought her far from where she began is Nicole Richie, who in this cute lace yoke dress and Balenciaga bag and cut-out boots embodies LA in all its laid back cool. But we’ll get back to this later. Her massive hit of a womenswear line, Winter Kate, has evolved from full on bohemian to a sophisticated, modern brand with just a touch of carefree spirit in bright prints and easy silhouettes. Meanwhile, the sunburst pieces and bib necklaces from her jewellery line, House of Harlow 1960, has been knocked-off  to death, a testament to her keen eye for cool.

    Back to Nicole’s darling look up top. A pretty, printed lace-yoke dress is contrasted with moto-inspired accessories for balance. It’s so easy to recreate this look with the plethora of these tough leather items available on the high street. But when you do go out in the LA KL sun, do remember to be generous with SPF!

    Casual chinos, RM58, October Origin; Neoprene coat, approx. RM 268.51, Asos; Suede pumps, RM259, Mango; Suede shoulder bag in red, RM259, Mango, Holiday 2012 Sapin Dore candle, RM275 for 190g, Diptyque.

    Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes is the newest designer in this bunch, but has always been known for tasteful, low-key personal style. Holmes & Yang, her line with longtime stylist Jeanne Yang is just that – quiet, basic pieces with utilitarian (and even hidden) details that add to its luxury. After the whirlwind in her personal life, Katie has gone back to acting, performing in Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts on Broadway.

    Just a few days ago, she stepped out in this Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière cocoon coat and ankle length trousers from her own label. The pop of red, sleek hair and proper pumps are just the right amount of accessorising. Duplicate this look with your own muted shoes and favourite cropped trousers, and make a structured coat your newest investment piece. And while there are probably no candles in that boxy bag, we’d like to think that Katie, too, unwinds with her favourite scent.

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    Image credit: Sherrie ThaiZimbio 1, Zimbio 2, Zimbio 3Zimbio 4Zimbio 5, Asos, October Origin, Yadah, Hairdressing.com.my, Topshop, Mango, Zara, Urban Outfitters, Revolve Clothing, Karmaloop, Diptyque, Amazon, Dior

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