Mary J. Blige is rumored to lend her voice and acting skills for the upcoming Nina Simone biopic, and now she’s lending her name and style for an eyewear collection. The multiplatinum-selling recording artist have joined forces with Orange 21 Inc. to create Melodies by MJB, a signature line of fashion sunglasses.
The eyewear collection will feature 20 color options, and each style will represent Mary J’s facet of life. The collaboration is supported by Jimmy Iovine, Chairmanof Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Iovine has developed Dr. Dre’s Beats headphone line in collaboration with computer giant, Hewlett Packard. Iovine commented on the collab:
“To reach out beyond music, an artist has to become involved with something they’re already associated with and truly feel passionate about and not just stick their name on someone else’s product. As her fans know, Mary loves fashion and she especially loves sunglasses, making Melodies by MJB a natural fit for her.”
Melodies by MJB will debut Fall 2010 and its second collection will launch in January 2011.