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1) Kanye West: We've seen glimpses of West's to-be-launched collection Pastelle, and we get some more from VMAN via Cliff Notes via Hypebeast. VMAN's preview includes images in which "a star studded cast including Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco model upcoming pieces from the Pastelle collection." West isn't going at this alone, however, as the blog notes: "With accomplished designer Kim Jones (formerly of Umbro by Kim Jones) at the helm, the final product should arguably be another success for Kanye West." We do appreciate the classic design made interesting with pops of color. [Hypebeast]
2) Beyoncé: The songstress is adding affordable gems to the Deréon roster, the juniors brand created with mom Tina. Per WWD: "Industry sources say Deréon, ...has inked a deal with Carolee jewelry to create a fashion jewelry collection for the label. The line is expected to hit stores in spring. Carolee and Deréon could not be reached for comment." [WWD, subscription req]
3) Mos Def: Pics have been making the rounds of the T-shirts Mos Def collabed to create with Undrcrwn (one shown above), a Philly-based sportswear label with a focus on basketball, but the bigger news is the performer/actor's second collab with the brand. Per DNR: "Undrcrwn has enlisted Mos Def for a cut-and-sewn collection to launch for spring ’09. The capsule, consisting of 14 pieces, will debut on Aug. 26 at a Mos Def listening party at the Palms in Las Vegas." The line—Mos Def designed by Dustin Canalin for Undrcrwn—will retail for $36-$200, and includes elements such as "adorning a nylon jacket with an upside-down flag, or printing bandana stripes on the back side of a T-shirt..." [DNR]
4) LL Cool J: An advertising campaign photo, shot by Mark Seliger, has been released for LL Cool J's line for Sears, featuring the rapper/actor with his wife, son and three daughters. Per FWD, the collection "hits 450 stores nationwide on September 7, to coincide with the release of his latest album, Exit 13...All are gathered with models around a DJ booth as a nod to Cool J's musical roots. The campaign will appear in the October 2008 issues of Cosmopolitan, CosmoGIRL!, Seventeen, Spin and Vibe." [FWD]