Lauren Conradannounced plans to launch a contemporary clothing line with her friends late last summer, and now she’s hard at work on the collection. “It’s doing really well,” she told us last night at the CoverGirl party in Los Angeles. “It’s a lot of masculine and feminine put together. We did some really great woven kind of suitings. My favorite piece is a tiered chiffon maxi. It’s just so romantic and I love it.” She also said her new line reflects her growth as a designer. “I pay a lot more attention to fit,” Conrad told us. “It’s become more important, especially as I’ve learned about the process, like how off-the-rack clothing isn’t meant to fit every body, and how it’s so important to take your things to a tailor and have little things altered.” We can’t wait to see the whole collection when it debuts in the coming months!
Ivanka Trumpalready successfully launched a jewelry line and a handbag line, and now she turned her attention to shoes. After announcing her new business venture last year, Trump’s first-ever footwear collection is now in stores. The spring line ranges from classic pumps and flats to embellished stilettos and heels, and she also included a series of white pairs, perfect for those shopping for bridal looks. “The most exciting part of this venture is actually seeing women wearing my shoes,” Trump told us. “Just the other day, I saw a woman on Fifth Avenue wearing a pair of pumps from my collection. She looked great and so stylish—it was inspiring!” The shoes—which Trump wore on this season of The Apprentice—are available at Nordstrom and online. The best part? Every style is under $200. See photos of Ivanka Trump’s new shoe collection in the gallery.
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Geri Halliwell is a swimsuit designer! The former Spice Girl partnered with British retailer Next to create a collection of swimwear named Geri by Next, which includes one-pieces, bikinis, and cover-ups in floral and cheetah-print patterns and bright colors like pink, white and blue. And not only did Halliwell design the line, she modeled it, too. The 38-year-old mother of one was spotted in Miami during Thanksgiving week for her photo shoot. “It’s about inspiring confidence with great looking swimwear for all body shapes,” Halliwell told DailyMail. The pieces go on sale on NextDirect.com in January for $28 to $78. See pieces from Halliwell’s upcoming swimwear collection in the gallery.
Olivia Palermoannounced last month that she’s working on a new reality show, and now the premise of the show has been revealed: Cameras will follow the socialite, Mango model and former star of The City as she designs and launches her very own clothing line, Racked reports. How similar to her former nemesis on The City,Whitney Port! Olivia has a classic sense of style, and she has already collaborated with Roberta Freymann to launch a collection of bib necklaces earlier this year, so we’re interested to see what she comes up with for her own collection. Check out some of Olivia Palermo’s latest red-carpet moments in the gallery.
Hilary Swank‘s great style may be coming to a store near you. The Oscar-winning actress is working on an activewear clothing line, WWD reports, which means the designs will be as functional as they are fashionable. The sports lover, avid runner and former gymnast is working with DMA Designers Management Agency to create the line, and is currently searching for designers to partner with to develop the collection. Ideally for us, it would come out in 2011, because we’ve got gym-oriented New Year’s resolutions! Plus: Check out the best of Hilary Swank’s 2010 red-carpet style in the gallery.