What We Really Need Is Another Jessica Simpson "Fashion" Line

by MADDY MADISON · February 11, 2008

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If it weren't for models, who would musicians sleep with? Exhibit A: Jessica Joffe Embraces Ryan Adams's Indie Love. Citing music's enormous influence over fashion, the Grammy Awards have teamed up with In Style to bring you the bastard love child of all that is artsy and good. It's true, musicians and designers are not strange bedfellows. Mainstream industry heavyweights Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy and Jay-Z all have their own lines. However, it's become almost trite to be a multi-hyphenate: Actress-Model-Producer-Dogwalker.

Even I refer to myself as an Apple-Bar-Genius-Medicine-Woman-Carpenter-Extraordinaire. Now it seems that even the freshest newbies like Rihanna are getting in on the act. What, you mean you haven’t pulled an Edwards Scissorhands and chopped your hair into a post-punk, pre-shampoo, asymmetrical bob yet? Before you rush out and snap up what are sure to be recycled design concepts from mass-market manufacturers in Vietnamese sweatshops (no, buying organic, free trade, shade grown, sustainable groceries from whole foods does not cancel out your child labor sins), just remember whose kool-aid you’re drinking: "We dictate style. We dictate the cool…If you got a great song but a dirty T-shirt and that song is a hit, believe it or not, you keep wearing that dirty T-shirt, it will sell at the store; $900." That should make you throw up in your mouth a little.