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FLORIDA - Hip-Hop pioneer and designer Russell Simmons is bringing a little sophistication to the urban over 25 crowd.

FLORIDA - Hip-Hop pioneer and designer Russell Simmons is bringing a little sophistication to the urban over 25 crowd.

Simmons, pictured, introduced his menswear collection at the Argyle Culture Fashion Show on Friday at the swanky Setai Hotel in South Beach.

Male models donned sporty suits, pin-striped shorts and argyle V-neck sweaters, combining urban aesthetics with traditionally professional and preppy attire.

"I want to create a line to reach out to those guys who are not young men anymore, but who want to still be part of that urban lifestyle," Simmons said.

Among other pieces in the show were plaid shorts, free-flowing jackets and classic five-pocket pants created in wool and cotton blends.

Actress Gabrielle Union, of television comedy fame Ugly Betty, said: "Russell is so amazing and such an inspiration. I am just honoured to be here in his support and to celebrate his birthday."

Simmons turned 51 on Saturday. - Sapa-AP

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