Say ‘Hello’ to Lionel Richie’s New Line of Luxury Home Entertaining Products

10/28/2015 at 01:24 PM ET

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Multi-platinum selling artist Lionel Richie can now add “lifestyle guru” to his resume.

On Wednesday, the music icon announced that his new home entertaining line, The Lionel Richie Home Collection, will be hitting high-end retailers in hoteliers in 2016. The collection will feature “dinnerware, barware, serving and entertaining accessories and luxuriously fragrant candles that reflect a look and feel Lionel has captured as he traveled the world throughout his remarkable career,” according to a press release.

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“Marrying contemporary elements with traditional, nostalgic features was the inspiration behind this collection,” Richie said. “I was inspired by some of the memories that I have enjoyed with family and friends, and being able to share those memories is what makes this collection so special to me.”

The line’s aesthetic will be “comfortable and classic,” with items like bone china dinnerware in white and gold, weighted crystal barware, leather serving accessories and fragrant candles.

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“I feel most fortunate at this point in my life to be able to reflect back on the most amazing, memorable and truly spectacular years within an industry that has not, for one second, stopped fascinating me,” he writes on the collection’s website. “Words cannot express the pleasure in my heart as I look back on all of the talented, devoted and passionate friends that I have made.”

This has been an exceptionally big week for Richie, who shined in a mash-up of Adele’s emotional video for her single and Richie’s “Hello.”

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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