Bad Bunny Graces Cover of W Magazine’s Music Issue

It’s Bad Bunny for the W… W magazine cover, that is…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter graces the cover of W Magazine’s Music Issue.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

 

@badbunnypr is no stranger to playing different characters, in fact it’s one of the (many) things that keeps the world watching him,” writes the magazine in its Instagram post about their cover subject. “Last year, the rapper made waves for performing drag in his music video for ‘Yo Perreo Sola,’ in which he dressed in head-to-toe red latex, complete with dripping jewelry and stiletto boots. But underneath it all, the artist, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio remains a country boy from Puerto Rico’s northern coast, a laid-back beach kid who will roll into an industry party in board shorts and flip-flops.”

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

The Grammy winner, who worked overtime during the coronavirus pandemic to release three new albums and become 2020’s most streamed artist on Spotify, spoke with Abby Aguirre about optimism, his creative process and his upcoming acting roles, including his role in the highly anticipated film, Bullet Train alongside Brad Pitt.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

Read the full cover story here.

Jennifer Lopez Shares Sexy Pics of New DSW Collection

Jennifer Lopez is ready for a sexy summer…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has taken to Twitter to share a sultry new shoot for her DSW collection, with the caption, “Sexy dresses & sandals … #SummerMood.”

Jennifer Lopez

In the photos, JLo is glowing in a see-through, chainlink mini dress and the Flina jelly pump. She also rocks a Greek goddess-inspired cutout maxi dress with the sparkling Prina slides.

Lopez has been killing it in the fashion and beauty sphere lately, having recently launched her skincare line JLo Beauty, which can be purchased at Sephora here.

Jennifer Lopez

Her popular Promise fragrance is also available at Ulta here.

Last year, she was the face of the Versace spring/summer 2020 campaign and the Guess & Marciano worldwide spring 2020 campaign.

Shop her new DSW styles here.

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Cardi B Launches Colorful Expansion to Her Reebok Club C Collaboration

Cardi B is in the Reebok club

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has reunited with the athletic brand to launch a colorful expansion to their Club C sneaker collaboration.

Cardi B

Cardi’s first-ever apparel collection also includes new lavender, camel, white and black-and-red colorways of the Club C Cardi and the Club C Double.

The “W.A.P.” rapper shared a video to her Instagram Stories, thanking fans for the success of her launch.

Cardi B

“I want to tell you guys that this whole Reebok thing – everybody be hitting me up, my family, my friends. I think the lavender and the black and red one are all gone,” she said in the clip. “There’s a couple of sizes in the white and camel pussy one. I think you can get them in Finish Line or in Foot Locker and everything.”

Cardi B x Reebok

“Thank you guys for all the support, and everybody be hitting me up about the lavender ones!” she continued. “I’m going crazy! Got my family trying to fight me! Like, ‘B—h, why you didn’t put lavender ones for the size of me?’ I can’t control nothing!”

For those still looking to snag an item from the Cardi B x Reebok collaboration, you’re in luck. Items from the launch are still available on Reebok here, Finish Line here and Foot Locker here.

Trixie Garcia Teams Up with Keen to Honor Late Father Jerry Garcia’s Commitment to Sustainability with New Shoe Collection

Trixie Garcia is putting her late father’s best foot forward…

The 46-year-old part-Spanish American entrepreneur and the daughter of late Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia has teamed up with shoe company Keen, honoring the late legend’s commitment to sustainability with a follow-up collection to the Keen x Garcia product line.

Trixie Garcia

The three styles in the new collection include the Yogui slip-on, the Elsa Lite sneaker and the limited edition Newport sandal, which features Garcia’s “Junglescape” artwork.

1% of proceeds will benefit the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Earth’s largest temperate rainforest. Additionally, Keen has opened an auction of the #420 individually numbered collector’s limited-edition Newport Junglescape Sandal via Bidding For Good, with 100% of the proceeds going toward The Wilderness Society’s Protect the Tongass campaign.

“The Tongass is our last largest and mostly in tact rainforest in our country,” Trixie tells Billboard. “The Trump administration had relaxed the laws about building roads there. Roads lead to resources, and there are all these people hungry to mine.”

Keen x Garcia

“Keeping it intact is actually a greater benefit to us collectively in the long term,” she continues. “It’s a huge carbon capture, it’s home to many varieties of salmon, bears, glaciers, everything. As stewards of this planet and with all that we know now, it’s just unconscionable that we allow that to be pillaged the way we have the rest of the planet.”

Jerry Garcia, the legendary songwriter and lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead, was passionate about rainforests. In September 1988, the band organized the Rainforest Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden with the hope that they would motivate their audience and the world to help one of the Earth’s greatest ecosystems.

“Keen is one of those ethically-minded companies that is really making an effort to give back and reduce their footprint and make the world a better place,” Trixie says of continuing her father’s fight. “When we’re finding partners for Jerry Garcia, there’s no reason to do it unless there’s bigger picture involved. We love to have some charitable components, so Keen is an amazing company.”

Her favorite shoe in the collection is the white Newport sandal with the Banyan tree design. “I’m wearing them now,” she says with a laugh. “They’re super cute and super comfortable and I have a breeze coming through the shoes touching my toes. I’m super proud. I love the quality of work on these shoes. They’re beautiful and stylish. I love to be outside and these are great exploring shoes.”

As for her tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle, Trixie says it’s all about mindfulness. “Be active politically, go vote for the right people that are lobbying for positive change and be mindful of what you’re consuming on a daily basis,” she explains. “Be mindful of the plastic that you’re buying, be mindful of how much water you’re using and where your food is coming from. All of these things help make it cool to be a tree hugger, like we were trying to do so long ago.”

“I’m stoked to see someone like Greta Thunberg out there, inspiring the masses like wildfire,” she adds. “I think we’re going to have a whole new generation of people involved in politics and dedicating their lives to fighting for something that’s more meaningful. We’ve been put into this whole 9-to-5, just money, money, money thing in America and it’s not healthy. That’s another thing that the Grateful Dead community knew. Get on the bus. Get out of the daily grind. Do something that brings you joy. That’s the way you can also make the world a better place, by being a happier person. Happy planet, happy people.”

Shop the Keen x Garcia collection here, and sign the petition to protect Alaska’s Tongass National Forest here.

Maluma Becomes First Celebrity to Fully Design a Collection for Balmain

Maluma is getting some real hands on fashion design experience…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer has teamed up with fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that’ll be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

Maluma

The collection, which includes sneakers, blazers, t-shirts, pants and other ready-to-wear clothing, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue as of April 15.

This marks Balmain’s second-ever celebrity collaboration (the first was with Beyonce), and the first time ever that the brand has collaborated with a celebrity in the actual designing of a collection.

Maluma x Balmain

Although Balmain has featured other celebrities in advertising campaigns and runway shows, it has never actually enlisted a celebrity to help design a full, name-branded line.

The brand’s high profile, along with the haute-couture retail price of the collection, underscores how entrenched Maluma is now in the global fashion world and how valuable his endorsement and name is perceived by high fashion.

Maluma x Balmain

“Maluma, more than being an incredible singer, is bringing a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well,” Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing told Billboard. “For Balmain, which is a French brand from Paris, the collaboration with Maluma is obviously [adding] to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

“It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho,” says Maluma, referencing both his album name and alter ego.

Maluma x Balmain

Items in the Balmain + Maluma collection range from a black cotton T-shirt that retails for $495, to $1,500 high top sneakers to a $2,555 multi-color print bomber jacket. Photos and billboards of Maluma wearing the new line will be featured at Balmain stores and at Saks.

Maluma, a Balmain fan who’s often worn the brand in high-profile appearances, first collaborated with Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing for his 2020 performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“From that, point we just exchanged texts and were like, ‘Why don’t we work together? Because your aesthetic and your vision of music can really combine with my fashion world,’” says Rousteing.

“We ended up riffing on the sherbet tones, sexy styling and ’80s silhouette of Crockett and Tubbs for Maluma’s amazing performance of Hawái,” says Rousteing in a statement. “And, after the success of that VMA appearance, we knew we had to push our partnership further.”

Initially, the plan was to design a collection that Maluma would wear for his 2020 tour. When Covid-19 shifted those dates, “we decided to release our Balmain-Maluma collaboration as a special, limited-edition collection,” as Rousteing explains.

Maluma has long publicly spoken of his desire to partner with a fashion brand and he is known for wearing couture in his tours and photo shoots. At a Billboard Latin Music Conference in 2018, he specifically said he wanted to launch his own line clothing with a high fashion brand.

While Balmain would not disclose financials on the deal, Maluma, as a creative partner and face of the line, will be compensated in some way.

Most immediately, he is expected wear his new line during the Latin American Music Awards that air live April 15 on Telemundo.

“This process was exciting, as I have always dreamt to design one day, and I was happy to have a friend like Olivier let me express creatively through fashion,” Maluma says.

J Balvin Stars in New Campaign for Guess x FriendsWithYou Collaboration

J Balvin is guessing again…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer stars in Guess’ new campaign, which highlights its new collaboration with FriendsWithYou.

J Balvin, Guess x FriendsWithYou

The new Balvin-approved collection features vibrant, fun silhouettes complete with decorative embroidery and logos. Cloud graphics are also weaved in throughout the designs as a nod to light and serenity.

The campaign will officially launch on April 15.

Balvin, known for his bright and eccentric fashion sense, has previously designed his own collections for Guess.

FriendsWithYou is Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III‘s fine art collective that aims to remind people that happiness is found in everyday life — and that positivity is reflected in Guess’ capsule through bold, breezy designs.

“Guess has joined forces with FriendsWithYou to spark a movement — an opportunity to shape our world to be a happy place, a place where everything is Friends-With-You,” said Borkson and Sandoval in a press statement. “We believe that together we can create a peaceful and joyful world by celebrating our diversities and commonalities.”

“At Guess, we’re always looking to inspire our customers,” added Nicolai Marciano, brand partnerships director at Guess. “We want our clothes to provoke a sense of celebration. We aim to get people excited not just about the product, but about their own creative expression and the fresh new perspectives of artists worldwide. This collection is a celebration of FriendsWithYou and the art they bring to the world.”

Bad Bunny to Release Pinktastic New Collaboration with Adidas on Easter Sunday

Things are looking rosy for Bad Bunny…

With Easter right around the corner, the 27-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy-winning Latin trap and reggaeton star is getting into the springtime mood with a colorful new collaboration with Adidas.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny’s “Easter Egg” Forum Low sneaker is a characteristically eccentric take on the classic Forum Low silhouette. The tonal pink premium leather upper is matched with suede overlays and a buckle fastening for a colorful streetwear look.

Bad Bunny x Adidas

Bad Bunny and Adidas previously collaborated on The First Café sneakers, a fittingly coffee-colored version of the Forum.

The Easter Egg Forum Lows will drop on Easter Sunday (April 4) on Adidas’ website here and at select retailers.

Selena Gomez Shares Glam Cowgirl Photos on Social Media

Selena Gomez is embracing her Texas roots…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has shared photos on Instagram of the former Disney Channel star wearing a sequined fringe cowgirl jacket, black lace bralette, jeans and black lace-up heeled boots and sporting her own Rare Beauty makeup line.

Selena Gomez

Rare Beauty’s official account praised their founder for being “100% that girl,” while DJ Snake crowned the social media queen with an emoji.

Their bilingual collab “Selfish Love” debuted within the top 10 region of Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart and hit No. 1 on the Latin Digital Song Sales (on the chart dated March 20). The song comes off Gomez’s chart-topping Spanish-language EP Revelaciónwhich she released March 12.

Gomez recently contemplated possibly retiring from her music career in her cover story for the April issue of Vogue. “It’s hard to keep doing music when people don’t necessarily take you seriously. I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, ‘What’s the point? Why do I keep doing this?'” she confessed. “‘Lose You to Love Me’ I felt was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people it still wasn’t enough.”

Shop Rare Beauty at Sephora.

Bruno Mars Partners with Lacoste to Launch First-Ever Fashion Brand Ricky Regal

Bruno Mars is expanding his empire…

The 35-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has launched his first-ever fashion brand called Ricky Regal, which is also the name of his newly adopted “designer” alter-ego.

Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, Lacoste

“When I’m on stage my name is Bruno Mars. When I’m making lavish luxurious garments, I go by Ricky Regal,” he says.

The inaugural collection was created in partnership with Lacoste, and fuses the brand’s heritage elements with Ricky Regal’s 1960-’70s glam aesthetic. The ready-to-wear pieces include tracksuits, fluid button-up shirts, retro-inspired polos, patterned shorts, and a batch of fitted T-shirts. The range is rounded out by a selection of accessories, like slides, socks, and a pair of aviator glasses.

Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, Lacoste

“I’ve been very fortunate to have been asked to do collaborations in the past, but it always came with guidelines,” Mars said in a statement. “Lacoste was the first and only brand that said ‘Bruno we want you to make this truly yours.’ The respect of such creative freedom coming from a heritage fashion house was an honor.”

The collection’s launch coincides with the release of “Leave the Door Open,” a track from Mars and Anderson .Paak. under the Silk Sonic moniker.

Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, Lacoste

The Ricky Regal collection hit select retailers on Friday, and will be available at select Lacoste locations and its online store on Monday.

Lacoste is also showcasing the range at its new concept store on Los Angeles’ Melrose Place. The two-story space will transform every six weeks to highlight one of the brand’s collaborations, the first of which will be Ricky Regal. Lacoste is also launching immersive experiences focused on the Mars collaboration in The Webster Soho, The Webster LA, and UNKNWN in Miami’s Wynwood district.

Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, Lacoste

Anthony Ramos Appears in Calvin Klein’s Spring 2021 Campaign

It’s a brief encounter for Anthony Ramos.

Calvin Klein has unveiled its star-studded Spring 2021 campaign, with the 29-year-old Puerto Rican actor & singer among the featured brand ambassadors.

Anthony Ramos, Calvin Klein

Ramos, who originated the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton, appears in the campaign along with Megan Thee Stallion, Jacob Elordi, KoffeeJanaya Future KhanRina Sawayama, Sage Elsesser, Vinson Fraley and Queer Skate LA.

Anthony Ramos, Calvin Klein

In the new commercial for the collection, Ramos asks “What makes you most vulnerable?”

Later he says, “We gotta get back to that feeling of letting go. That freedom. And maybe you know we might get hurt along the way or something might happen. But something great might happen too.”

Meanwhile, Elordi, the 23-year-old Spanish-Australian actor breakout star of Netflix‘s The Kissing Booth, appears notably buff in the campaign.

Jacob Elordi, Calvin Klein

Click here to see the campaign and shop the Spring 2021 collection.