Anja Rubik, Kate Moss, and More Models Who Moonlight As Designers
From capsule collections to full lines, these women are putting their inside knowledge of the fashion industry to good use.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss designed a series of metal-framed, retro-inspired sunglasses for Warby Parker in 2014. (She also, more recently, has turned her highly Instagrammable love of baking into more than just a hobby, collaborating with Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi on a series of “Klossie” cookies.)
Though she designed a capsule for Topshop a few years back, her recent collaboration with Equipment is the far more glamorous one. Think leopard-printed pajama tops and silk blouses — that Equipment staple — with lightning bolt patterns.
Model, actress, and one time fashion designer, Delevingne designed a capsule collection for Mulberry (a label whose campaigns she once fronted, as well).
Model Campbell teamed up with longtime friend, illustrator Christabel MacGreevy, on a line of patches called Itchy Scratchy Patchy. Last month, they announced they would soon expand into ready-to-wear — because you need some good denim to iron those patches on to, after all.
Always a red carpet and street style favorite, Rocha expanded her personal brand late last year. She’s the designer and brains behind Co+Co, her latest design endeavor (she had previously worked on collaborations with brands like Botkier and Bauble Bar).
“I call them ‘your savior’ pieces,” Rubik told W of her capsule collection for IRO. The Polish model lends her street style cred to the already chic Parisian label, designing easy pieces like a black hoodie worthy of Mr. Robot and a sleek, draped black dress.
Model-turned-actress-turned-designer Liv Tyler recently ventured into fashion with her capsule collection for Belstaff. And, as Coco Rocha demonstrated, a capsule can often be a prelude to a whole line.
French model Chloe Gosselin seems to have taken to design most ably of all her peers — she’s been named a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund 2016 for her shoe designs.
Alexa Chung collaborated on an AG Jeans capsule collection, and with a personal style as distinct as hers, it’s a wonder it’s taken her this long to foray into designing her own line. Alexachung is slated to debut May 2017.