Celebritology 2.0: Celebrity Products

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 08/12/2009

Rachel Zoe Moves in on Gwyneth's GOOP

Fashion icon (ahem) Rachel Zoe. (Getty Images) Rut-roh. Move over Gwyneth, there's something leaner. Literally. Paper-thin stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe, she of the protruding collar bone and jarringly floofy fur vests, has one-upped GOOPy Gwyneth Paltrow's weekly lifestyle missives with the launch of The Zoe Report, "a daily e-mail featuring my current obsessions in the ever-evolving worlds of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle." What to expect? Tread lightly if you're looking for practical fashion help. Zoe's recent recommendations include a $2,400 capelet from designer Prabal Gurung, $525 sunglasses and -- at the ridiculous price of $295 -- shredded t-shirts. Don't look for these items at the local mall, though Zoe does get points for including links to (somewhat) cheaper alternatives. Have these women never heard of Etsy or dozens of other moderately-priced Internet stockers of indie haute stuff? Thus far, a fashion coffee table book -- Scott Schuman's...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/16/2009

Dollars and Scents: New Fragrances from Reese Witherspoon, 50 Cent and More...

Perfume aficionados take note: Four new celebrity fragrances will be hitting store shelves to compete with long-time celeb stink peddlars Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker. Below a quick run-down of the new scents. Reese Witherspoon poses with In Bloom. (Avon) Reese Witherspoon's "In Bloom" You loved her as June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line" and now you can smell like her, too. In November, Avon will launch In Bloom, a fragrance Witherspoon describes as "sensual" and "romantic" and "everything Abbie Cornish is not." (Okay. I added that last bit about Abbie Cornish) What does it smell like? "I was really drawn by white flowers to get that sense of a steamy night somewhere in the South," said Witherspoon. "Definitely gardenia is a big thing for me because my father -- every Mother's Day or on my birthday -- would buy small bouquets or corsages for my...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 05/29/2009

Friday Fluff: Your Celebrity Makeover

If you've ever wondered what you'd look like rocking Amy Winehouse's bouffant or Agness Deyn's severe 'do's and you have a spare hour or two to get lost down a wormhole of self-absorption, then make haste to DailyMakeover.com. The site allows you to upload a pic of yourself, then try on various celebrity hairstyles courtesy of a handy tool that allows one to stretch and flip each style to suit one's own imperfect face. (You can upload your first photo and try on several styles for free, but unlimited access -- a 7-day trial costs $4.95 -- allows unlimited uploads and a huge catalog of styles.) This morning alone I wasted close to 90 minutes scrolling through the site's exhaustive array of styles in search of my ever-elusive perfect look. The upside: you can try on a new 'do without making the scissor or color commitment. The downside: When viewed...

By Liz Kelly  |  12:10 PM ET, 05/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/29/2009

Product Testing: Lindsay Lohan's Sevin Nyne Spray Tanner

Lindsay Lohan, looking for tan-gible profits. (Getty Images) I'm pasty white, freckled and tend to redden in the sun rather than tan. Add in the fact that I am dangerously gullible and you'll understand why it was inevitable that I would fall prey to Lindsay Lohan, embattled bi-curious erstwhile teen star and, of late, peddler of Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist -- which offered the promise of a "luscious" tan within hours of application. So pushing aside my innate fear of unpronounceable chemical compounds, I concentrated on the upbeat "Cherish Your Skin" tagline and reassuring messages of indefatigable product testing. From the packaging: "Developed for more than three years by fashion icon Lindsay Lohan and celebrity airbrush tanner Lorit Simon, Sevin Nyne provides a luscious, golden tan while nourishing skin with a powerful anti-oxidant goji berry and moisturizing chardonnay extracts." Chardonnay extracts? Sure, why not. Who was I to say...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/30/2008

Celebrity Designer: Alyssa Milano, Jersey Gal

Is there anything the lovely and talented Alyssa Milano can't do? The latest entrant in the field of celebrity designers has proven herself a dab hand at making money and keeping herself relevant. If not for the flurry of activity surrounding the expansion line of women's sports clothing, this dynamo might've been just what Henry Paulsen ordered to turn the failing economy around. Milano models one of her Touch designs. (Getty Images) Milano burst upon the scene as spunky Samantha Micelli on '80s sitcom fave "Who's the Boss." Then, just to keep us guessing, she reinvented herself in critically acclaimed cable releases like "Casualties of Love: the Long Island Lolita Story" and "Confessions of a Sorority GIrl" before moving on to ground-breaking projects like "Poison Ivy II." But before surrendering fully to late night cable, Milano engineered her own renaissance by landing regular gigs on "Melrose Place," "Spin City," "Charmed"...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/30/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 09/23/2008

What Would Gwyneth Do?

Mmmm... tastes like Gwyneth! (AP) Like a ministering angel, that paragon of tastemaking -- Gwyneth Paltrow -- has at last answered our prayers with her latest venture, a Web site named GOOP (which, along with "Apple" and "Moses" makes her 0 for three in the naming department). The site -- which bears a scarily similar feel in look and tone to Daily Candy -- promises to share Paltrow's unerring taste with anyone with a Web browser and a desire to emulate the insouciant one's charmed life. While there is a short mission statement currently posted at the site, Celebritology managed to get a copy of the draft version*. We share it in its entirety below: My life is good because I am not passive about it. [I took full advantage of being born to famous parents.] I want to nourish what is real [my Britishness], and I want to...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:15 AM ET, 09/23/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/27/2008

Celebrity Designer: Tara Reid's Bikini Line

Tara Reid wants to dress you up in her love. (AP) Did it start with George Foreman Grill or Paul Newman's salad dressing? Who can remember? At this point we are awash in celebrity-designed accoutrements. From Lindsay Lohan's leggings to Kate Hudson's possibly plagiarized hair goop, it is possible to outfit one's entire life with celebrity designed or endorsed products. Today, we look at yet another entrant in the celeb-turned-product marketer field. From the mind of Tara Reid (which is, coincidentally, the one part of her body untouched by a surgeon's knife) comes her new fashion line, Mantra. And based on an initial peek at the beadazzled bikinis and studded T-shirts, Tara's mantra is "Cheap is the new black." Or, likelier still: "This will fund my umpteenth ab fix." Only a few celebs have managed to score legitimacy in the fashion world. Gwen Stefani is the shiniest example with...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)