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15 Surprisingly Cool Pieces From Extremely Uncool Celebrity Fashion Brands

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A few weeks ago, we spent some time researching cool items from uncool placesDress Barn, Talbot’s, Chico’s, Burlington Coat Factory. This led to an office-wide debate about what constitutes an “uncool” brand, which in turn led to a series of office-wide revelations about brands we’re embarrassed to buy. Nearing the top of co-workers’ most beloved/ashamed acquisitions? Jessica Simpson. Especially shoes. We were shocked.

Now, there are a few celebrity fashion brands we wouldn’t call uncool–The Row and Victoria Beckham spring to mind–but very few famous people can just waltz in on a highly specialized industry and produce good work.

…Luckily, they all have giant design teams making the actual decisions for them. Hence, every now and again, an uncool celebrity brand gets it right.

Even Carlos by Carlos Santana.

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  • Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak

    Anytime I see or hear Jaclyn Smith’s name I think of the scene from Sweet Home Alabama with the baby in a bar convo. :D

  • LindsayCross

    I cannot tell a lie. I wanted blue heels for my “Something Blue” on my wedding day. It was really difficult to get the right color of blue. Not cobalt, not teal, not navy… I ended up with a pair of Carlos Santana sky blue pumps and they were absolutely perfect.

    So yea, there’s my Carlos Santana shoe story…

  • Sapatos Online

    They all have international shipping right?! I love some shoes at Cdp Online but they only ship to Portugal…

  • Charmless

    Jessica Simpson shoes are deceptively comfortable, and they’re often crazy inexpensive on Amazon.

    These for $25? No regrets: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Simpson-Womens-Black-Patent/dp/B005NZN63K

    She also has a few styles of basic platform pumps that come in a ton of different colors.

  • kj

    That Avril Lavigne thing looks like part of a highland punk clown costume… shudder

  • Adi

    I need those jeans, and only mostly to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a cartoon.