Carrie Underwood—yes, the first country artist in Billboard chart history to bow at number one on the Hot 100 chart (“Inside Your Heaven”) and the recipient of the continued praise of fellow country warbler, Rascal Flatts frontman, Gary LeVox— followed in the footsteps of many an American Idol finalist this week—except that she was wearing Skechers.
Which, by the way, sells more than sneakers—including this line of beachy flips called “Heatwaves–Kauai”—which reminds me of Jasmine Trias, who just released her debut in R & B, which . . .
Yep. Talk about stepping into some big shoes: like Britney and Christina before her—and please do not email me with the equisite correction that Christina has a size 2 footsie FOR MY INFORMATION—it’s an expression, people, look it up!—the bonny lass from Oklahoma signed on the dotted line this week to rep the trendy Manhattan Beach, CA company.
(This company is so trendy it even posts a “Notice to Parents” on its website.)
Carrie enthused in a statement reported in eonline:
Being a part of Skechers is exciting. It is such a hip company with a great attitude and image. I’ve been wearing Skechers for years, so for me this is a really great project. I can proudly endorse Skechers–and happily add more pairs to my closet!
I have a feeling Carrie’s going to need a new closet.
But then, clothing, of course, is an important part of life. Therefore, it’s very important that we have celebrities around to help us understand what shoes to wear.
Besides, we love the pics and why would a company spend thousands of dollars to hire a professional photographer and an ad design team if we didn’t return the love by pulling out the Master Card?
Seriously. The world is a better place because Kelly Clarkson decided to endorse Candies—thus stepping into the shoes of such luminaries before her as Kelly Osborne and Jenny McCarthy, and thus contributing to the loveliness of pop culture by creating all those delicious pop art ads.
Believe it or not, someday all those old dusty posters of Campbell soup cans and multiple-imaged Marilyn Monroes that are presently hanging in museums are going to be replaced by pics of Kelly in a bathtub, wearing 6-inch platform slip-ons.
Way to go, Kel! Dude!
And such a relief! My goodness, after another full season of Simon (Mr. Owner of 457 Black Tees) Cowell ragging on the contestants for their fashion sense—sniffing that anything beyond jeans and a cutesy top was “too old” and “old fashioned”—I hope Mr. Cowell gets the message that the real fashion world thinks Carrie Underwood is gorgeous and stylish and is willing to put their money on that fact.
Of course, we live in a world where Gwen Stefani designs digital cameras (the HP R607 “Harajuku Lovers Digital Camera”), P. Diddy designs sweat suits AND tuxedos (the whole lot described by Sean himself as “fashion viagra”), and Xzibit designs sneakers.
Then there’s John Elway—yes, the venerable and venerated Denver Broncos Number 7—who designs man furniture (and, like the man, the furniture is “coordinated”).
So it’s even better that Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are not the only American Idol celebrities kind enough to dispense fashion advice.
Most recently, Tamyra Gray (AI1) signed to rep H&M Clothing (in a worldwide campaign that kicks off in Milan!) and K-Lo (Kimberley Locke, AI2) recently signed to rep Lane Bryant’s Seven7 designer jeans.
Fantasia, after winning AI3, launched two new shades of M.A.C. lipstick (Fantabulous1 and Fantabulous2, described, respectively, as “smoldering copper” and “full-on reddened bronze”).
And we all remember Ruben Studdard and his Flava jerseys.
Okay, we won’t go there.
There are rumors (well, I’m hoping they are rumors) that Paula Abdul is considering augmenting her income by starting a clothing line, and we all know that Bo’s Granny Madge has been in talks with a couple of companies to start a Bo Bice line.
Which leads the rugrats-all-grown-up to immediately chant that they want a Bo Bice leather jacket and Bo Bice flip flops. To wear all at the same time, naturally.
Then, going way back, there was someone named Ryan Starr (AI1).
I saw Ryan once on a red carpet event (back when she went to red carpet events, and I don’t mean to imply I was there in person—-I just can’t stand those Joan and Melissa twins!) and, when Ryan was asked what she was up to, she said—big surprise!—that she was designing a clothing line.
(No, I mean it! It was a big surprise!)
What I also remember about that interview is that Ryan stated that she had been contacted about the possibility of acting, either on tv or the big screen. I distinctly remember her saying, “Why would anybody think I want to act?” (or words to that effect).
I dunno, that just struck me as so . . . profound. Why would anybody think I want to act? Whew. Just let that reverberate in your head for a while.
I mean, there are so many layers to it.
(Besides, I thought everybody wanted to act, at least once they got that first voicemail from the producer’s “people.”)
Oh, and, by the way, that was too Ryan Star on Bravo’s “Battle of the Reality Stars”! Oh, okay, yeah, but that was a reality show. So no acting there. My bad.
Anyway, don’t know what became of Ryan’s clothing line, but Ryan says she’s “loven life” and getting a lot of work—tv, music, writing songs—so I guess at some level American Idol worked its magic again.
and, I think, sweetest of all: a custom-made guitar from Oklahoma.
Alisa Everitt, a guitar crafter from Morgan Guitars near Skiatook, Oklahoma, delivered the guitar to Carrie in time for her to take it on the American Idols Live tour opening in Sunrise, Florida on July 12. (Unfortunately, Kelly Clarkson had to postpone Florida and Louisiana dates due to hurricane).
The $5,000 Morgan acoustic beauty features “Carrie” written in pearl and surrounded by doves.
That sounds real nice. And I’m sure Carrie is going to sound real nice on tour, too.