Stars, They're Just Like Us!
Or are we just like them?
Maybe not yet, but with an explosion of celebrity designed or endorsed clothing lines, make-up, perfume and jewelry it's easier than ever to wear our celebrity brand loyalty on our sleeves, so to speak.
Tonight, the latest guide to help us keep up with the Joneses (or the Jones Reynolds) debuts at 9 p.m. ET on the Style Network. "My Celebrity Home" will help us average folk learn to make our homes
pretentious just a little bit more like those of our favorite stars:
After exclusive tours of stars' posh pads -- Hilary Duff shares the secrets of her special sewing room, Kathy Griffin shows off her hip L.A. digs -- host Peter Marr joins forces with a lucky average homeowner and a famous designer to re-create the high-end look without the Hollywood price tag.
Sewing room? I'd rather emulate celebrity home life with an affordable home spa.
"My Celebrity Home" isn't the first peek into the creature comforts of celebrities. "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" defined the genre, MTV has been plowing this field for years with it's long-running "Cribs" (and even markets its own line of furnishings: "Take your crib from blah to bangin'") and the new site StarStyle.com sells the looks seen on stars from soap operas to "American Idol" to music videos to the red carpet.
Is this enabled copy-catting ultimately good or bad?
Depends on how we look at it. At first blush, I wondered whether I really want my 14-year-old niece squelching her individuality to make sure her shoes and her room match Lindsay Lohan's exactly. But I can't fault her. After all, we all take fashion cues from somewhere -- whether it be Vogue, "What Not to Wear," the REI catalog or the sale rack at H&M -- and I did a pretty good impression of Madonna (jelly bracelets, fingerless lace gloves) myself in junior high.
Turned on its head, maybe this levels the playing field. Thanks to economic stability, mass production, the Internet and clever marketing, maybe the exclusive domain of celebrity is shrinking. The velvet ropes have been quietly removed. No longer can they lord their Jimmy Choos and shabby chic decor over us. Thanks to eBay, I can score a pair of (used) Jimmys for a fraction of retail. With Target, Ikea, West Elm and other competitively-priced home furnishers, any house can look photo-spread fresh.
I like the amalgam of items in my home -- like most people's belongings, some were chosen for aesthetic reasons, other sentimental, others for pure convenience. I don't think I'll be tuning in every Wednesday night to take notes on how to blingify my surroundings, but, who knows, maybe Hilary Duff will have some good ideas for my sewing room, after all.
| April 26, 2006; 10:44 AM ET
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