Wigsandgowns were surprised to learn that 1990s popstar Robbie Williams has filed bankruptcy for his menswear fashion label, Farrell, which he launched in September 2011. We weren’t even aware that Williams had a fashion label.
According to Vogue, the brand’s website has been shut down and the pop up shop, which launched in Covent Garden just six weeks ago, has also closed. Williams had hired former Burberry designer Ben Dickens to oversee the label which was inspired by the singer’s late grandfather and sharp dresser, Jack Farrell. But unfortunately for Williams, it wasn’t enough to save his label.
“The support of the men’s press and retailers internationally since we started has been incredible and I want to thank them,” Williams said in a statement. “I have also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the talented Ben Dickens and will miss creating and working with and wish him every luck for the future.”
Celebrities throwing their weight behind fashion labels is nothing new. The Kardashian sisters recently had a line for Dorothy Perkins, Amy Childs ‘designs’ for Lipsy, and Lindsay Lohan had a widely panned show of buttocks-revealing dresses and nipple stickers, when she collaborated with Emanuel Ungaro back in 2010. For the most part, the collections fail. Why? Well because celebrities aren’t designers. Designing is not like sprinkling fairy dust; it requires years of practice, study and work to develop the necessary skills. It can take months for designers to develop textile prints, design a bespoke item of jewellery or to develop the perfect dress. Being a celebrity or a pop star does not in any way, shape or form qualify a person as a fashion professional and consumers won’t be fooled into believing otherwise!