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Beyoncé and Topshop Are Teaming Up on an Activewear Line

Beyoncé‘s been busy. In addition to touring and presiding over the Beyhive (of which we are proud, card-carrying members, thank you very much), news has broken that the singer has struck a deal with Topshop to produce an athletic streetwear brand. According to WWD, a 50-50 joint venture company, Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd., has been formed.

“This not a collaboration,” said Topshop owner Sir Philip Green. ”This is about building a brand and building a business — a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office.”

Due to launch in fall 2015 at the earliest, the brand’s line-up will feature clothing, footwear and accessories for dance, fitness and sports. For those of us who don’t perform any of the above, couch-potatoing in the collection is OK too.

The collection will be distributed to Topshop stores and, and potentially to Topshop outlets at Hudson’s Bay and Nordstrom stores. We can’t wait to see the Beyoncé x Topshop line when it launches – it might even inspire us to work out a little.

Image via Tom Ford

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: The Met’s Costume Institute Gala 2014 ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Edition

Liu Wen in Zac Posen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art threw its annual Costume Institute Gala last night in New York, and we were there…err, in the same city on non-Met Ball business. But – silver lining! – we’re getting closer and closer every year to our dream of one day attending. We’d even happily accept the role of fly on the wall – are you hearing this Anna?

In any case, Met Ball 2014, ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’, happened last night, and it was the year’s most glamourous red carpet to date. All the biggest, boldest names in Hollywood were there, wearing the biggest, boldest names in the fashion industry: Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere, Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, Beyonce in Givenchy Couture. Our best dressed list is packed with star power and sartorial perfection.

Side note: Hell hath officially frozen over. We once vowed never to post about one Kim Kardashian on this here site, but she won us over last night with a gorgeous midnight blue Lanvin gown and a Kanye West at her side. Vow or no vow, we give credit where credit is due, and Kim killed it this time. Now, back to our regular, generally Kim K.-free programming.

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

Alexa Chung in Nina Ricci

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

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Admiring from the Backseat: Grammy Awards 2014 Edition

Beyonce in Michael Costello

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and we were glued to our televisions from red carpet coverage to closing performance. There were plenty of highlights, on stage (Daft Punk! Pharrell!) and off, sartorial (Valentino! Gucci!) or otherwise.

Beyonce may not have taken any Grammys home, but she won the whole night by our measure, with a fierce performance to open the show and best dressed honours to boot. Queen Bey followed up the bodysuit she wore to perform “Drunk In Love” with Jay-Z with a gorgeous white gown by Project Runway alumnus Michael Costello, who we totally cheered for during Season 8. Biggest moment of his career to date, definitely.

In other, non-Bey news, Ciara and her baby bump rocked the red carpet in a very chic custom Emilio Pucci, and Katy Perry made our jaws drop in exquisite, fresh-off-the-runway Valentino couture. Our obsession with tuxedos was reignited thanks to Madonna‘s dapper Ralph Lauren getup, and Gucci Première continued to knock our socks off this awards season with a stunning metallic number donned by Taylor Swift.

That rounds out our top 5 best dressed from the 2014 Grammys. Who was on your list?

Ciara in custom Emilio Pucci

Katy Perry in Valentino Spring 2014 Couture

Madonna in Ralph Lauren Spring 2014

Taylor Swift in Gucci Première

Image Credits: Getty (via Huffington Post)

Fashion News

Beyoncé for H&M – Confirmed!

Who run the world? Queen Bey, obviously. As if a world tour wasn’t enough to keep her busy, news comes today that Beyoncé has teamed up with H&M for a summer collection. Everyone’s favourite hair-flipping diva is featured in the fast fashion retailer’s new campaign, modelling swimsuits and beachwear inspired by her own style and that she personally gave input on.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Head of Design, said: “There’s the perfect bodycon dress, as well as a flowing sun dress that makes a real statement. And of course there are the bikinis, especially the fringed bikini. What makes these pieces even more special is that Beyoncé herself had input into the design, and they are full of her own personal style.”

The campaign was shot by Inez and Vinoodh in the Bahamas back in January. ”I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun affordable fashion” Beyoncé said. “I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial.”

In addition to the print advertisements, a TV commercial featuring a new Beyoncé song, Standing On The Sun, will also be launching. How excited are you, my fellow Beyoncé fans?

xx, S

Image courtesy of H&M

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Grammy Awards 2013 Edition

Rihanna in custom Azzedine Alaia

From Adele to Jay-Z, all of our favourite musicians gathered in L.A. for the 55th Grammy Awards tonight. We dutifully watched the red carpet coverage in fast-forward and scoured the internet for our 5 best dressed of the evening. At the very top, by a long shot, was Rihanna, who completely knocked our socks off in a custom red Azzedine Alaia gown. More of this, please, Riri.

Taylor Swift and Kelly Rowland also upped the glam factor on the Grammys red carpet, choosing stunning J. Mendel and Georges Chakra designs for the occasion. Janelle Monae and Beyoncé, both in pants, held their own in a sea of evening gowns, also making our best dressed list.

Who were your Grammy red carpet favourites?

Janelle Monae in Against Nature, Moschino and Ralph Lauren

Taylor Swift in J Mendel

Beyonce in Osman

Kelly Rowland in Georges Chakra

xx, T & S

Images via Just Jared

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Beyoncé at the Super Bowl 2013 Half-Time Show

All hail Queen Bey! Beyoncé‘s half-time show at Super Bowl XLVII was everything we dreamed it would be and more. A barely-there leather and lace get-up, all of our favourite dance moves, and a Destiny’s Child reunion to boot.

All that was missing was a Jay-Z cameo, but we’ll settle for the name of the designer who created her fierce ensemble. Surely not Tina Knowles? UPDATE: The bodysuit was custom made by New York-based designer and relative unknown Rubin Singer (thanks for the tip Jess!). Will we be seeing versions of it at our local fast fashion retailer in the coming months?

Relive Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time show from “Crazy In Love” to “Halo” over here.

xx, T & S

Images via JustJared, Huffington Post Canada

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