By StyleWatch
Updated February 10, 2010 08:16 PM

Courtesy of Catherine Malandrino

Much in the way that Mary J. Blige’s R&B tracks have empowered women for years, her new non-profit line of T-shirts emblazoned with hand-written messages like, “I’m Free” and “I’m Power” made with in conjunction with fashion designer pal Catherine Malandrino aspires to do the same. The collection, called FFAWN + Malandrino, will benefit the singer’s charity, Foundation for the Achievement of Women Now, an organization that she launched in 2008 to help underprivileged women. “Catherine has been a dear friend of mine for years and, after she learned about FFAWN and our mission, she offered to create a T-shirt collection that would celebrate being women, being strong and being free,” Blige tells WWD, adding, “Even better, every woman can feel beautiful and comfortable rocking these tees just about anywhere.” For her part, Malandrino, who also recently accepted a position on FFAWN’s board of directors along with the likes of Jay-Z, explains, “These are not your average T-shirts.” The new range of black and white off-the-shoulder tunics will retail starting at $39 and will debut on Feb. 17 at Malandrino boutiques and at Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide. For more information visit Tell us: What do you think of the new FFAWN + Malandrino tees?David Yi