Why does the connection with celebrity carry so much weight? I kind of understand why we are so taken with what celebrities wear. The idea, I assume, is that they have great figures and near limitless resources, so they represent what one would buy if everything out there were an alternative. There’s no reason for Jennifer Aniston to wear anything less than the best possible t-shirt out there, so clearly whatever she’s wearing must be the best. And it makes sense that what the stars wear on the red carpet is an indicator of the hot styles and hot designers. These people have professional stylists at their disposal — people who specialize in finding the perfect outfit — to find them the most incredible thing possible for them to wear. But why does it follow that as a celebrity, generally for you looks and your acting skills, we should want the clothes they design? Why does being a celebrity make you a good designer or give you inherently good taste? I’m thinking not so much.
Granted, certain kinds of talents often come in clusters. Although one could argue, I suppose that the Olsen twins’ real talent is in fact in fashion design and styling and perhaps not so much in acting. In the case of the “Mint” family, the chosen celebrities don’t seem to be accidents. Justin Timberlake has proven that he does have a great sense of design and style (or if he doesn’t, he sure knows how to hire the right people). Rachel Bilson is similarly on the way to establishing herself as a fashion authority. Bottom line — it’s just not fair. And at some point it would be nice if the system took fair into consideration.
There are only so many ways to make a good living, to establish a sense of identity and self worth, to gain public recognition, so the idea that all of the available spots wind up going to people who already have these amenities seems unnecessary. Even if Justin Timberlake is a talented designer or Rachel Bilson can envision cute shoes, there are lots of other people who can do this as well if not better — people who cannot perhaps act in movies or on television. So why not give them the “shoe expert” slots? If there is room for someone to be an expert about jewelry, clothing, interior decorating, how about if it’s someone who is an expert in jewelry, clothing or interior decorating, rather than someone who is an actor but also happens to be not so bad at style? Think about it ….