Ashley Olsen, twin sister to Mary-Kate and older sister to rising star Elizabeth, has announced that she wishes to retire from acting to focus on fashion. "It was time to step behind the process. I wanted to work on other things. It doesn't mean I'm not interested in Hollywood, I like the way it operates and the people who are involved and the sense of possibility. But if I ever do get back in, it's not going to be as an actress," she said in an interview with Elle U.K. Olsen first became a star at nine months on the ABC sitcom "Full House," where she and Mary-Kate began to build an empire at a very young age.
Though she has been at it for a while, other stars have also built clothing lines over the years.Here is a look at three that took the challenge, each with various degrees of success.
In 2005, singer/teen heartthrob Justin Timberlake teamed up with childhood friend Trace Ayala to start his William Rast clothing line. The name derives from a source close to the pair: their grandfathers. Said Timberlake, "Trace and I are huge fans of our grandfathers. William is my grandfather's first name, and Rast is his grandfather's last name. So we took the names, and put them together." The line started with denim products, but soon advanced to other items such as eye-wear. In 2010, the line was made available to such retailers as Target.
Actress Katie Holmes teamed up with her stylist Jeanne Yang in 2009 to create Holmes & Yang. The goal was to create high end pieces that women could wear over and over again, much like men, with children's wear to match. "They love matching Mom," Holmes said of daughter Suri and other really young girls, "And it's a limited time during which they really want to." High end of course translated into high priced, with one blouse costing around 900 dollars. In 2011, Holmes made a push for her line once again hosting a series of trunk shows for Barney's, which had sold the collection for two seasons.
Perhaps if Mrs. Tom Cruise needs some pointers, she should take a look at Jessica Simpson's line of handbags, shoes and clothing. Named after the singer, the line helped rocket her to the top of the design world, netting over 750 million dollars in retail sales in 2010, as well as becoming the first celebrity to top 100 billion in sales. Perhaps that is why NBC felt she would be the perfect host for their new reality competition "Fashion Star."What do you think of celebrity's with their own fashion lines?
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