Celebrities Design their own Vans Custom Culture Collection

If you asked several top celebrities to put their own stamp on a pair of Vans’ kicks, do you have any idea what they would come up with?

You might be surprised! Well this is exactly what happened when the likes of Kristen Stewart, Erica Coffman and Conan O’Brien (to name but a few) were invited to design their very own pair of Vans shoes and you can see how they fared below. Basically you end up with a super colourful collection of shoes, as evidenced by Vans’ most recent Custom Culture Collection.

The collection is all part of a project Vans are involved with whose primary aim is to try and inspire creativity and at the same time, raise funds for the arts in high schools across America. In the project, students are asked to design their own Vans, and with this comes a chance to win $50,000 towards their high school arts program.

To get things started and to give the students a heads up from a celebrity point of view, Vans asked certain members of the media, from actors, designers, and presenters to get their creative juices on and design their own custom pair.

So far we love HonestlyWTF’s Erica Chan Coffman’s and Peter Som’s designs for the colourful addition to the plain white fabric of the shoe. Also Conan did well with a ball point pen, but Kristen Stewart? Frankly, must do better. Lazy bint.

Peter Som

Is an American fashion designer. He describes his aesthetic as one of “effortless elegance and refined sexiness”, and aspires to provide a fresh perspective to modern American fashion. Peter was raised in San Francisco by architect parents of Han Chinese ancestry who encouraged in him the ideals of purity of form, function and composition.

Now lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Peter still draws from these early architectural influences as he designs clothes for tasteful and elegant women.

Erica Chan Coffman

Is a fashion blogger who writes for HonestlyWTF! Here she comments on all things stylish and gives her readers a heads up on the latest trends including art, up and coming events, travel and DIY projects. She has over 14 thousand followers on Twitter and on Facebook the figure has risen to over 20 thousand.

Kristen Stewart

 21, is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. She has also starred in films including Panic Room, Zathura, In the Land of Women, The Messengers and The Runaways. She will also star in three upcoming films in 2012 which include “Snow White & the Huntsman”, On the Road'”, and ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Kristen wants to live and study in Australia, where her mother is from and eventually become a writer.

Conan O’Brien

48, is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer and performer. Since November 2010 he has hosted Conan, a late-night talk show that airs on the American cable television station TBS. O’Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and raised in an Irish Catholic family.

He served as president of the Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, and was a writer for the sketch comedy series Not Necessarily the News. After writing for several comedy shows in Los Angeles, he joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live, and later of The Simpsons. He hosted Late Night with Conan O’Brien from 1993 to 2009.

Trina Turk

Trina’s mother taught her to sew when she was 11 years old. She studied apparel design at the University of Washington and took her first job with the Seattle-based sportswear manufacturer, Britannia Jeans. Trina went to Los Angeles, where she waded into a sea of 30 prints per season designing surf wear for Ocean Pacific.

Other jobs designing mostly juniors followed. Turk’s next step was the launch of her own business and the company, was born in 1995. In the same year her clothing was sold by Barney’s New York, Fred Segal, and Saks Fifth Avenue. With design and production headquartered minutes from Downtown Los Angeles in Alhambra California, Trina Turk’s wholesale sales topped $40 million in 2009.

Kaya & Helena Stuart

Helena Stuart started Only Hearts 33 years ago with her first innovative theme shop on Columbus Avenue in New York City. 11 years ago Kaya joined the company after a brief but successful career as a pastry chef.

Today they work as a team on what they call inner outerwear (TM 1981) which includes underwear, dresses and more. All of the clothes Only Hearts sells are designed and made in the garment district in Manhattan.