Top 10 Models Who Designed Their Own Collections

Model-turned-designer is not a new phenomenon, on the opposite, there are more and more models who turn to brands to expand their horizons and give their followers something (clothes, jewelry or footwear) designed in their signature style. And while some may argue that it’s a disdain for true skill and craft of a designer, others would agree that some models can bring their own unique vision into the collection.

10 Models-Turned-Designers

Anja Rubik

Giuseppe Zanotti for Anja Rubik

Anja Rubik in ad campaign for her shoe & accessory line with Giuseppe Zanotti

One of the most recent collaboration collections was designed by Anja Rubik and Giuseppe Zanotti. The model and designer shared their ‘skills and ideas’ in Zanotti’s attelier creating a 5-style footwear line and a handbag. The collection turned out beautiful and as it often happens Rubik modeled the entire line herself.

It’s not the first Rubik’s designer endeavor though as she already had an experience creating an accessory collection for Quazi in 2011.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Models Who Designed Their Own Collections

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her Marks & Spencer Spring/Summer 2013 lingerie collection

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley expressed her desire to design on more than one occasion but thanks to retailer Marks & Spencer and its lingerie department head designer Soozie Jenkinson Whiteley’s dream came true and she already launched her second lingerie line with the store. The line is full of pink sets, robes and babydolls.

The ‘Transformers’ star also said that she sees herself ‘designing’ in five or ten years and wants to have a jewelry, lingerie and cashmere lines. Well, that’s check for one.

Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen models her lingerie for The Observer Magazine

Helena Christensen models her lingerie for The Observer Magazine

Helena Christensen is an original supermodel who has been on numerous magazine covers and in ad campaigns but the model also tried her hand in design when she created a lingerie line for Triumph. The line included some printed pieces, sexy lace tops and black strappy styles.

Now Christensen has got here eyes on a bag line she is set to launch in September with Belgium bag brand Kipling. The collection will include eleven styles and focus on floral print.


Iman: Models Who Designed Their Own Collections

Iman models an Arm Candy bag from her Global Chic line

Supermodel Iman is a true style and fashion icon so it’s no wonder she has her own fashion line. Launched in 2011 With HSN Globalc Chic is a line of statement jewelry and accessories at affordable prices.

Iman thinks that jewelry and accessories add a lot more to the outfit and thus without them one ‘can never be fully dressed’.

Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova for Etam 2010

Natalia Vodianova models Etam 2010 collection

Natalia Vodianova just recently launched her second footwear collection with the Russian shoe brand Centro. The model designed the classic pumps to raise money for her charity Naked Heart Foundation.

The model has also been given an opportunity to design her own lingerie collections at Etam in 2009, which she used quite successfully.

Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge: Models Who Designed Their Own Collections

Lily Aldridge models her collection for Velvet by Graham & Spencer

Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge has just recently designed a thirteen-piece collection with Velvet by Graham & Spencer. The model was asked to do a line after working ten years with the brand.

The line consists of dresses, casual tops and a military jacket that can easily be introduced into basic summer wardrobe.

Gisele Bundchen

Ipanema Gisele Bundchen SS 2012 collection

Gisele Bündchen models Ipanema Gisele Bundchen SS 2012 collection

Gisele Bündchen created a whole empire with all the lingerie, footwear, clothing and beauty lines she launched. The world’s richest supermodel has an iPANEMA Gisele Bündchen sandal line, Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian Intimites lingerie brand, and a beauty line under her belt.

But that’s not all she’s done. The model designed a clothing line with a Dutch retailer C&A in 2011 that included dresses, cropped blazers and other items.

Sophie Dahl

Sophie Dahl: Models Who Designed Their Own Collections

Sophie Dahl models her own collection for Brora

Sophie Dahl is another model who tried her hand in design. She created a line with a cashmere brand Brora, which consists of thirteen pieces like a a tea dress, jumper, cardigan, camisole, cigarette pants and others.

Besides her modeling career Dahl has written for fashion magazines like US and UK Vogues, Harpers Bazaar, and such editorials like The Saturday Times, The Observer and The Guardian.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss: Models Who Designed Their Own Collections

Kate Moss for Topshop Final Collection, Fall 2010

Kate Moss has been collaborating with Topshop for three years producing 14 collections in total from 2007 to 2010. Her lines included numerous minidresses and jackets. She released her last collection in 2010 along with Kate Iconic, a capsule line of her most popular designs.

Moss’ designs reflected the models’ style – a mix of grunge and boho chic – but there were also collections in nontypical for model floral prints and more feminine styles.

Georgia May Jagger

Georgia May Jagger: Models Who Designed Their Own Collections

Georgia May Jagger launches Hudson by Georgia May collection at Neiman Marcus

Georgia May Jagger tried herself in denim design when she created a line for Hudson Jeans. The model designed a twenty-piece collection with a different cut than the usual Hudson jeans taking inspiration from her mom’s vintage jeans.

So what do you think about models turning designers? And who’s endeavor did you appreciate the most?

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