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Beyonce plans fashion line. The bootylicious one will design clothes with her mom

Renaissance woman Beyoncé Knowles is adding fashion designer to her already lengthy resumé. The 22-year-old singer/actress told Women's Wear Daily on Monday that she plans to launch not one but two clothing lines next year. The first will be a more ''funky and hip-hop'' line of jeans and T-shirts, she said, while the second will be a more formal collection of dresses and separates. She told the trade paper, ''People my age love fashion and want to dress in designer clothes, but can't afford it. I want to do something that is affordable, but sophisticated and sexy and feminine -- something I would wear.''

Her designing parter, naturally, will be her mom; Tina Knowles, who has served as a stylist for her daughter's trio Destiny's Child, is the author of ''Destiny's Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets From Destiny's Child.'' Both women have been front-row regulars at shows during the recent fashion weeks in New York and Milan and have been taking notes. ''We want to bring some of the couture look to a broader public,'' Beyoncé said.

Beyoncé will be joining a marketplace that will already be well-stocked with music-to-fashion crossovers, including Russell Simmons, P. Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z, Thalia, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and Eve. Pretty soon, there'll be so many musicians backstage at fashion shows that there won't be any left to decorate the front row.

Originally posted Oct 08, 2003
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