Justin Bieber Says He Wants to Design a Menswear Line
Looks like the Biebs is pulling a Kanye.
Oh, the celebrity clothing line. Much like the celebrity fragrance, a fashion line can be sophisticated and serious (for example, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's The Row, for which the twins received the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award), or it can be a cheesy marketing stunt using name recognition to sell otherwise undesirable product (think David Hasselhoff's Malibu Dave surf wear line).
For those stars seeking to make the transition from entertainment to fashion, the ride can sometimes be a little rough — just ask Kanye West. This is precisely why Justin Bieber, who has become increasingly interested in the cutthroat fashion world, is taking his time before he makes his designer debut.
"I just want to make sure it’s perfect and right and take my time with it," the 21-year-old told WWD of his desire to one day launch a fashion line. "I know Kanye [West] has been working on his stuff for years and failed and came back and tried again and failed. It’s about trial and error, and I don’t know if I’m ready for that yet."
For now, the Biebs is enjoying the endorsement side of the fashion industry, soaking in the success from his Calvin Klein campaign with Lara Stone. The singer has also forged relationships with one of Hollywood's favorite designers, Olivier Rousteing of Balmain. The creative director, who outfitted Bieber in a custom gold brocade blazer for the Met Gala, apparently speaks with Bieber "on a weekly basis." Besties.
Bieber hasn't yet given us a time frame for when to expect his first foray into fashion, because after all, design is hard work. "It’s not easy," he says. "It’s not like putting out an album.”