Celebrity fashion lines: The good, the bad and the ugly

Published 11:10 AM ET, Thu September 22, 2011
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Kanye West, who popularized the "shutter shades" is set to launch his own fashion line at the upcoming Paris Fashion Week. But will the rapper's foray into fashion prove a wise career move? As others have shown, celebrity fashion lines are an unpredictable business. AFP/Getty Images
Her film career may have ground to a halt, but Jessica Simpson's eponymous fashion label has become the biggest-selling celebrity clothing line in the U.S., and is expected to break the $1 billion annual sales mark this year. Getty Images
Tapping into her own distinctive mix of Hollywood glamor, street and vinatge styles, Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B -- named after her solo album "Love.Angel.Music.Baby" -- has become one of the most respected celebrity fashion labels in the industry. AFP/Getty Images
House of Dereon, the ready-to-wear fashion line run by Beyonce Knowles and mom Tina, is named after the singer's maternal grandmother, Agnes Dereon, who was a seamstress in Louisiana. The family has a tailoring tradition: Tina Knowles used to design the tour costumes for Destiny's Child. Getty Images
Today better known as an international style icon than a singer -- gracing the cover of Vogue three times in the space of a year -- it's no surprise that Victoria Beckham's own-name fashion line has garnered serious attention.

Her dresses have been worn by a virtual who's who of red-carpet-walkers, including Drew Barrymore, Madonna, Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cameron Diaz, to name a few.
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Established in 1999 by Roc-A-Fella Records co-founders Damon Dash and Jay-Z, the hip-hop flavored Rocawear clothing range today enjoys annual sales of $700 million, according to the New York Times. Getty Images
In 2009 Lindsay Lohan teamed-up with French fashion house Emanuel Ungaro to launch "6126," a line apparently inspired by Marilyn Monroe.
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Removed from shelves in 2010 after only two years in business, it's doubtful that Snoop Dogg's streetwear line, "Rich & Infamous," did much to bolster the rapper's bank balance.
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Jennifer "Jenny from the Block" Lopez had a hard time convincing shoppers of her street credentials when she released her urban streetwear label "Sweetface." After years of dwindling sales the brand halted production in 2009. AFP/Getty Images
The award-winning actress, best known for playing the fashion-savvy Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City" would seem like a safe bet to helm of her own fashion line. But it wasn't to be so.

"Bitten," a budget range sold exclusively at casual clothing chain Steve & Barry's, vanished in 2008 when the retailer filed for bankruptcy.
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Chris Kirkpatrick, a founding member of boy band *NSYNC, created his own fashion label in 1999 and called it "FuMan Skeeto." Unfortunately for Kirkpatrick, the clothes were as ugly as the name suggests and the company soon disappered. Getty Images
Ever heard of David Hasselhoff's clothing line '"Malibu Dave"? No? You're not alone. Getty Images