Cazzu Teams Up with Sprayground to Design Limited Edition Backpack

Cazzu‘s (back)packing things up…

The 26-year-old Argentine singer-songwriter has partnered with Sprayground to co-design a limited edition purple and green color-themed backpack inspired by her iconic emo look.

Cazzu x Sprayground

“As a music artist on the road, it’s imperative to have a functional backpack, but it’s hard to find a fashionable one too,” Cazzu said in a statement. “I have been a big fan of Sprayground for a long time, they make the dopest and also versatile backpacks and I’m so excited to get this out to fans!”

Made with vegan leather and flaunting Cazzu’s pigtails and the infamous “shark mouth” logo, the design includes multiple carrying options and a padded laptop compartment with designated partitions for USB sticks, wires and cables, microphones, compact cameras, external hard drives and other accessories securely stored in zipped compartments. 

Cazzu x Sprayground

“It’s been awesome working with Cazzu – she has such a unique style which made designing this bag even more fun,” said David Ben David, Sprayground’s founder and creative director. “We are excited to get this bag out to Sprayground and Cazzu fans alike, it’s a limited edition collection – once it’s gone, it’s gone, so be quick!” 

The Cazzu-inspired backpack is now on sale.

San Antonio Spurs Launch Selena-Inspired Merchandise Collection

Selena’s style is spurringa sporty partnership… 

The San Antonio Spurs have announced a surprise merchandise collection inspired by the late Mexican American Grammy-winning singer and Tejano music legend. 

Selena Quintanilla

Announced over social media, the Selena Capsule Collection comes after the team’s fans weren’t able to celebrate Selena Night with the Spurs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Since we couldn’t celebrate Selena Night together, we’re bringing the merchandise collection to you,” tweeted the five-time NBA champions.

Selena x Spurs

The collection, available available now, features shirts, hats, tumblers and other collectible items.

Selena x San Antonio Spurs

“This collection honors and celebrates the legacy of Selena Quintanilla,” the collection’s website reads. “She has and continues to inspire fans across the country to celebrate culture and connections. Her legacy goes hand in hand with the central pillars of the Spurs experience and we are honored to bring this collection to fans of both the Spurs and Selena.”

The team also announced collectible jerseys that fans can buy that features the number 71, a reference to the Selena’s birth year.

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Click here to shop the full collection.

Valentina Sampaio Becomes First Transgender Model in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

Valentina Sampaio is still making history…

The 23-year-old Brazilian model and actress, who became the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris in 2017, has become the first trans woman to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

Valentina Sampaio

Sports Illustratedis a respected brand in the modeling world. In the 56 years since special edition’s first issue, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has produced some of the most successful names in the business. Sampaio is joining an elite list of supermodels that have appeared in the issue, including Heidi KlumChrissy TeigenKate Upton and Tyra Banks

In Sampaio’s open essay on what it means to be part of the SI Swimsuit family, she praises the magazine for creating another issue that champions “a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way.” She says she is “excited and honored to be part of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.” While it means a lot to her to represent SI, she is even more inspired by the significance it has for the LGBTQ community as a whole. 

Sampaio, who hails from a fishing village in northern Brazil, is using her platform to fight for trans rights. She explains that the beauty of her home country is contrasted by the brutal hatred towards the transgender community. She says that in 2019 alone, 129 transgender people were murdered in Brazil. 

Valentina Sampaio

Her success as a model has not come easily, fighting an uphill battle against discrimination, but she realizes her status gives her the opportunity to make a positive difference. Beyond that, Sampaio believes it is her responsibility to stand up for Brazil’s trans population. 

“I recognize that I am one of the fortunate ones,” she writes in her essay, “and my intention is to honor that as best I can.” 

Sampaio says she tries to catalyze change by leading by example and spreading love and acceptance one person at a time. “I believe that better people build a better world for all of us, and I stand for any and everyone who, like me, suffers prejudice for not fitting into society’s standards.”

Her message for the world is one of resounding empathy. She vows to persevere in her mission for equality and to continue to embolden people who are marginalized by society. Sampaio expresses her gratitude to Sports Illustrated for helping her inspire a spirit of inclusivity and kindness.

“Thank you, SI, for seeing and respecting me as I truly am. For understanding that more than anything, I am human. Thank you for supporting me in continuing to spread a message of love, compassion and unity for ALL.”

Sampaio’s previous historic feats include being the first openly transgender model to be hired by Victoria’s Secret in 2019. 

Bad Bunny Makes Playboy History with Digital Cover Appearance

Bad Bunny is real Playboy.

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer and rapper has become Playboy’s first-ever digital cover star with two covers. 

Bad Bunny x Playboy

In the brand’s 66-year lifespan, Bad Bunny also becomes the only man, besides the late Hugh Hefner, to appear solo on the cover.

Bad Bunny x Playboy

In a story dubbed “Bad Bunny Is Not Playing God,” the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer opens up about his career and his surprise 2020 albums,

including the success of his second album “Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana,” which shot to No.2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and became the highest-charting all-Spanish language album of all time, with tracks that tackle sexism head-on. 

“The music industry and society in general (treat women) like they’re nothing,” he is quoted as saying. “Women are human beings and deserve respect and the same treatment as anybody else.”

And he opens up about being a queer ally in the world of reggaeton and Latin hip-hop. 

“I do all of this and I’m not even sure what I cause,” he admitted. “It’s not until someone comes up to me and tells me, ‘Man, thank you,’ that I realize the impact.”

Bad Bunny x Playboy

Of sex, Bad Bunny told Playboy it’s a “giant world.”

“Everyone is free to see it as they want and do it with whoever they want, however they want, with infinite possibilities. In the end, we are human beings. Everybody feels, everybody falls in love with whoever they’re meant to,” he expressed.

Bad Bunny x Playboy

Shot in Miami before the global pandemic hit by STILLZ, the cover story’s original photos show Bad Bunny dressed as a Greek God with his nails on fleek and bedazzled with the iconic Playboy bunny logo.

Bad Bunny x Playboy

Click here to read the full story.

The digital feature comes amid significant changes at Playboy. In March, the magazine announced it would suspend its US print edition for the rest of the year, citing “disruption” in production and supply chains caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Christina Aguilera Releases New “Bionic” Merch Collection to Celebrate Album’s 10th Anniversary

Christina Aguilera is bringingBionicback in a special way…

The 39-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer has released a new merchandise collection to celebrate her album Bionic‘s 10-year anniversary.

Christina Aguilera

The five-piece collection includes t-shirts, hoodies, face masks and stemless wine glasses emblazoned with an updated version of the bright red lips Xtina wore on the album’s futuristic 2010 cover art. 

The official off-white anniversary tee features the words “Christina Aguilera Bionic 10th Anniversary” written across the back of the shirt in bold and all-caps.

Released on June 4, 2010, Bionic served as Aguilera’s sixth full-length studio set, and marked a pivot into the realm of brash, sex-positive electro-pop for the singer following the big band-inspired throwback sound of 2006’s critically-acclaimed Back to Basics

The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and was preceded by the lead single “Not Myself Tonight” and the raunchy Nicki Minaj-assisted “Woohoo.”

Christina Aguilera Bionic

Bionicis also notable for being the first mainstream pop album featuring songwriting credits from a then-little-known Sia, who penned third single “You Lost Me,” album cuts “All I Need,” “I Am” and bonus track “Stronger Than Ever,” and went on to work with Aguilera again on the Burlesque soundtrack later that year.

Aguilera previously dropped a surprise for the album’s anniversary earlier this month, making bonus track Little Dreamer— previously available only on the iTunes deluxe edition — available for the first time on streaming platforms.)

Although the album was met with mixed reviews and underwhelming sales back in 2010, Bionichas since gained a legacy among Aguilera’s fan base as being ahead of its time, and occupies the coveted place within her discography as an underrated fan favorite release worthy of regular calls of #JusticeForBionic across social media.

J Balvin Teams Up with Guess for Collection Inspired by Latest Album “Colores”

J Balvin is bring hiscoloresto (fashion) Life…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has joined forced with GUESS to launch a Colores-inspired collection for men, women and kids. 

J Balvin x Guess Colores Collection

The multi-color, tie-dye collection includes cropped hooded sweatshirts, swimwear, bodysuits, joggers and J Balvin’s signature matching two-piece tracksuits.

It’s the second time J Balvin collaborates with GUESS to design a clothing collection. 

Last year, he launched a Vibras-themed campaign with 90’s Miami-inspired designs and ready-to-wear accessories.

“What was interesting this time around compared to last time is that we really got to work with him from the inception of the album,” says Nicolai Marciano, director of brand partnerships at GUESS. “I knew he was working on an album before it was called Coloresand once it became Colores, we started working on the creative process and so as we were designing the collection as he was creating the album.”

J Balvin x Guess Colores Collection

“Everything about the collection really represents him and how he feels and the energy he likes to put out. It’s been great to see it come together in an ideal working situation with an artist. We were really able to find the balance between what he wanted and what made sense for us as a brand,” says Marciano.

A standout design is a Colombia-inspired print jacket, shorts and a bucket hat.

J Balvin x Guess Colores Collection

“It’s an idea one of our designers pitched. The photos [on the print] are a collection of different images from around Colombia mixing architecture, agriculture, landscape and kind of just really displaying the different elements that make up Colombia,” explains Marciano. “We were able to use this interesting nylon fabric that showed a lot of saturation of colors where it feels very like alive so it was interesting to see how it was put together. We were all very impressed with the end result.”

The new Colores-inspired collection is now available online.

Rosalia Graces the Cover of Elle Magazine U.S. for the First Time

Rosalia is the ELLE of the ball…

The 26-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter graces the cover of the U.S. edition of ELLE magazine for the first time. And, she’s doing it in a big way.

Rosalia ELLE Summer 2020

Rosalia, who won her first Grammy earlier this year, appears on two Zoey Grossman-shot cover versions for the magazine’s Summer 2020 double issue. 

In the first cover, Rosalía sports a floral Collina Strada ensemble picked by Natasha Royt, while on cover two the “Malamente” singer shows off her bedazzled manicure and models a 4 Moncler Simone Rocha transparent parka.

Rosalia ELLE US Cover
Rosalia ELLE US Cover

In the cover story appropriately titles “Rosalia Rewrites the Pop Music Playbook,” Rosalia talks about life in quarantine, her acclaimed Grammy performance and the plans for her second album.

Rosalia ELLE Summer 202

Kid Cudi Releases Virgil Abloh-Designed “Leader of the Delinquents” T-Shirt

Kid Cudi is expanding his empire…

The 36-year-old part-Mexican American rapper/singer and actor, who returned to the music scene last month with his first solo single in nearly four years, “Leader of the Delinquents,” has released a fashion tie-up to the track.

Kid Cudi

On Tuesday, Kid Cudi unveiled his new fashion collaboration with Virgil Abloh: a chic T-shirt featuring a sketch of the rapper by the Off-White founder and current Louis Vuitton artistic director with the name of the single emblazoned across the back. 

Kid Cudi T-Shirt

In conjunction with the new merchandise, Kid Cudi also released the colorful lyric video for the track, which serves as the lead single for his first solo project since 2016’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’.

Kid Cudi, born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, has certainly had plenty to celebrate lately: Along with dropping “Leader of the Delinquents,” the rapper also notched his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in late April thanks to the debut of “The Scotts,” his eponymous musical collaboration with Travis Scott

Pabllo Vittar Starring in Calvin Klein’s New Pride Campaign

Pabllo Vittar is showing her pride in a big way…

The 25-year-old Brazilian drag queen and singer-songwriter, who has spoken out about the issues the LGBTQ+ community singer the beginning of her career, is now sharing her pride in a global way.

Pabllo Vittar Calvin Klein Pride Campaign

Vittar has been announced as one of the newest members of Calvin Klein‘s brand new Pride campaign, #PROUDINMYCALVINS

In the official photo released from the star’s shoot, Vittar’s big and bold drag persona is replaced with a minimally made-up Vittar posing in the brand’s yellow Pride crop top.

Pabllo Vittar Calvin Klein Pride Campaign

But Vittar isn’t the only proud artists named to the campaign lineup…

The campaign also includes queer stars Chella ManMaryVTommy DorfmanJari JonesMina GergesGia WoodsReese King and Ama Elesser.

Pabllo Vittar Calvin Klein Pride Campaign

The shoot’s photographer made it clear the importance of having these stories told by queer people for queer people.

“Using a cast and crew that spans the full LGBTQ+ spectrum, we wanted to make sure that the entire community feels represented, included and celebrated,” said Ryan McGinley. “My goal is always to create honest photos that connect to the viewer on a human level and show the subject’s power and vulnerability as human beings. This mix is perhaps my most core value as an artist.”

Johanna Ortiz’s Full H&M Collection Launching on March 12

Johanna Ortiz is bringing her bold style to H&M

Following an exclusive pre-drop of four dresses, H&M has announced that its collaboration with the Colombian designer will launch in full in March 2020. 

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The 19-piece collection – which spans feminine dresses, tops, skirts and swimwear – features the exotic color palette, tropical florals and dramatic silhouettes that have become synonymous with Ortiz’s statement-making label. The main collection will launch in select H&M stores and online at hm.com on March 12.

The collaboration is a true meeting of minds: the H&M design team travelled to Ortiz’s native Cali – also known as Colombia’s Salsa capital – to fully comprehend the complex construction behind the designer’s ultra-flattering designs. Hosted by Johanna in her elegantly decorated home, the team was immersed in Ortiz’s sophisticated bohemian world, examining her archive to revisit her signature tropical prints in reenergized colorways.

Johanna Ortiz x H&M Collection

Key pieces include a vibrant red floral maxi dress, a magenta midi dress in broderie anglaise, a black patterned floor-length column dress in viscose crepe – one of Ortiz’s personal favorites – and a ruffled wrap skirt in black and white cotton-poplin. Extravagant ruffles are an important design feature, even appearing on asymmetric swimsuits. There are also some more pared-back styles including a cotton-poplin tunic shirt and monochromatic blouses are palette-cleansing in their simplicity.  

Johanna Ortiz x H&M Collection

“The imprint of Colombia – the rhythm of the Salsa dance, the beauty of the elegant orchids and the effortless palm trees dancing in a balmy pink sunset – can be felt in every Johanna Ortiz design. I’m thrilled to be able to infuse this H&M collection with effortless glamour and introduce some Latin American festivity to the H&M customer’s wardrobe. I hope customers wear the pieces barefoot and with a beautiful flower in their hair,” says Johanna Ortiz, designer and CEO.

Johanna Ortiz x H&M Collection

“Johanna Ortiz has a gift for creating confident, colorful designs that make you want to dance. This collection is both a celebration of Colombia’s creative history and craftsmanship and an opportunity to bring Johanna’s signature feminine styles to our customers. The reaction to the pre-drop was very positive, and now the wait is over, we can’t wait to see how our customers will style this exciting collection,” says Maria Östblom, head of womenswear design at H&M.