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Faster Than A Speeding Topshop Collaboration, Fitter Than Your Average Gap Store, And More…


Looks like Mark Fast’s Topshop collaboration has given the Canadian designer a taste for, well, fast fashion. Adding to an already busy 2010, he’ll be launching his own lower-priced line of dresses, crop tops, and leggings called, appropriately enough, Faster. Haste/waste? Not this time. [WWD]

The Gap’s Fifth Avenue storefront has played host to a variety of pop-ups and collaborations, from the a home-away-from-home for Colette to a rainbow-bright shop with Pantone. The latest is now open: a fitness-inspired boutique with Crunch gyms, with workout gear on offer and personal trainers on hand. It stays open through February 7, just about the time we’ll give up on our resolutions to go the gym. [Racked]

Good news for guys: Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship has expanded its Prada shop. Good news for girls: Barneys Madison Avenue flagship has expanded its Prada shop—with your guy taken care of, you’ve just bought yourself an extra half hour or so of browsing time on the shoe floor.

The Wall Street Journal weighs in the vogue for nautical styles, including the Coco Chanel-favored marinière. In fairness, we should note that Chanel’s been pushing waterfront chic for years, but the sailor’s sweater is a little more user-friendly than, say, Karl’s double-C fly-fishing gear. [WSJ]

The Times, meanwhile, checks out the Wittelsbach blue diamond, currently on display at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution. The rock is, by weight, the most expensive commodity on earth and makes its nearest competitor, the Hope diamond, look “drab.” Giant, blue, exorbitantly priced, and hyped all over town? Yeah, it’s basically the Avatar of gemstones. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop