Style Notes: Jessica Simpson to Launch Activewear; Marc by Marc Jacobs' Designers Preview New Line
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On the heels of the 10th anniversary of her lifestyle brand, which is now valued at over $1 billion, Jessica Simpson has announced that she is launching her very own activewear collection called Jessica Simpson The Warm Up. The line is her label's first major category expansion after being purchased by Sequential Brands Group in April of this year. The former Weight Watchers spokeswoman's new 32-piece collection will include tanks, leggings and sports bras and will be sold exclusively at Macy's for $24 to $49, with as many as 21 plus-size styles in the works. [WWD]
In the months since Marc Jacobs announced that he would be folding his secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, into his primary Marc Jacobs line, MBMJ designers Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley have been busy working on their next big project: their very own label, Hillier Bartley. The London-based design duo debuted their new duds in Vogue's September issue in a spread shot by David Sims and modeled by Edie Campbell. Like their military-inspired collections for MBMJ, the collection is neatly tailored but with a bit more of a feminine touch, thanks to fringe elements and velvet. [Vogue]
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For this year's September issue of Harper's Bazaar, the magazine pulled out all the stops to create unique, original content — and it definitely succeeded. One of the more eccentric features is a collection of oil paintings of designers' eyeballs in glorious, beautiful detail. The singular eyes of Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen were photographed with a macro lens and then painted by the talented Marc Quinn, who then showed the images to the designers so that they could reflect on their blown-up eyeballs. More like Harper's Bizarre, amirite? [Harper's Bazaar]
Since she announced Honest Beauty, a new cosmetics and skin-care endeavor by The Honest Co., Jessica Alba hasn't disclosed much about what we only can assume will be an organic and sensitive-skin-friendly collection. But as we approach the fall release date, Alba revealed that, of the 83-piece collection, there will be 17 skin-care products (from $8 to $40) and a 66-piece makeup range (from $15 to $30). Additionally, Alba and her 50-person Honest Beauty team are set to open a six-month pop-up shop at The Grove in L.A. beginning on Sept. 25. [WWD]