When we see the words "Beyoncé" and "collaboration" in the same sentence our hearts start racing a little. So when news broke that the Queen Bey is launching a line of athletic sportswear with Topshop we may have literally jumped for joy (then we immediately went out and renewed our gym membership). More than your average celeb designed capsule collection, Beyoncé and Topshop will actually be 50/50 partners of the athletic brand, called Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. The new brand will include apparel, footwear, and accessories for dance and fitness, and will be sold at Topshop and Topshop.com. "This not a collaboration. This is about building a brand and building a business — a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office," said Topshop owner Sir Philip Green in an interview with WWD. "I could not think of a better partner," Beyoncé added. And since we hear the line is so stylish it can be worn as regular clothes, we're already making room in our closets for the launch of Parkwood Topshop next fall.
An affordable line of jewelry and bags from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is here! The twins behind The Row, Olsenboye, and Elizabeth and James have designed a special collection of jewelry and clutches for StyleMint called AMK x SM. "We drew inspiration from constellations," said Ashley of the line, which includes lariat necklaces, chokers, hand chains, and ear cuffs, as well as clutches in two different shapes. She went on to explain how versatile the pieces are and how easily they can transition from day to night. "We focused on minimalist designs that can be mixed, matched and layered, yet are strong enough to wear on their own," added Mary-Kate. None of the pieces cost more than $39.99 and all of them are available now on StyleMint.
You may not be too familiar with the Bill Blass label, which had its heyday in the '80s, but that may change soon because New York-based designer Chris Benz has just been brought in as the new creative director, and his plan is to reinvent the brand to attract a new generation of buyers (that means you). The fashion house has struggled to keep a designer and maintain its customer base since Bill Blass retired in 1999, and hasn't shown a ready-to-wear collection since Fall 2012. With Benz now onboard, Bill Blass will officially relaunch as a brand in the spring of 2016. "The whole idea was to bring in an American designer who understands the woman today and who is highly social just as Mr. Blass was," Bill Blass President Stuart M. Goldblatt told Women's Wear Daily. Benz, who hasn't shown a collection for his eponymous line in a few seasons, is nothing if not highly social, taking to Twitter to announce his new role. We're looking forward to seeing what the new creative director brings to the house of Bill Blass.