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Will Smith Launches A Fresh Prince-Themed Fashion Collection So You Can Sit On Your Throne As The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

Welcome to the age of nostalgia. From live-action remakes of our favorite Disney films to movie nights streaming 90s shows on Netflix, to the revival of high waisted jeans, scrunchies and Steinfeld-era outfits, millennials just don’t want to grow up —and Will Smith knows it. Tapping into our wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for the past, Will Smith has us revisiting the 90s yet again. That’s right, the movie-star is going back to Bel-Air. 

Will Smith announced the launch of his ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ collection on Instagram.

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We’re not talking about a reboot of the show. On Tuesday, Will Smith posted a video on his instagram announcing that he’s rolling out “Bel-Air Academy Collection” a ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’-themed clothing line. “I put my thang down, flipped it and reversed it. Then I put it on sale,” he captioned the post. In the video, the actor showcases some of the items from the sitcom inspired collection, including a graphic yellow T-shirt and a reversible zip-up jacket. “It’s just a sweatsuit, it’s just a sweatsuit. Until it’s not just a sweatsuit,” he teased, turning the navy jacket inside out to reveal a bold paisley-print, at the start of the video.

The actor first offered a sneak peek at his Bel-Air athletics line when he surprised a group of kids on Ellen, who went viral for giving a bullied kid some new clothes:

‘Bel-Air Athletics includes everything from socks, to a phone ring, to kids clothing, a shooter sleeve, and a basketball.

The collection is comprised by 26 items, all as fun and colorful as Will’s character in the hit TV show. Complete with the colors of the fictional prep school he attended in the series, the range includes a variety of both 90s-inspired and modern-day pieces like sportswear in the signature blue and red paisley, a tie dye throwback tee that changes color when it comes in contact with body heat. It also features a young Will Smith holding a basketball (the same Will that was shooting some b-ball outside the school, remember?). 

There are also a few different t-shirts featuring a Will Smith cartoon in different colors. The t-shirt comes in black, white, and gray, and the best part is that Will’s uniform changes from white to gold in the sun!

The collection offers some accessories too, like striped ankle-cut socks, a phone ring and a sold-out navy and paisley basketball to match the sweatsuit and other items in the range.

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But copping the collection isn’t gonna be cheap. The socks are $15 and shirts run $30 to $40. Hoodies track pants and custom Bel-Air basketball are $60 and up. And last but not least, no “Fresh Prince” collection would be complete without air freshener. The range includes a cartoon Will Smith air-freshener that will set you back $6. Oh and we almost forget to mention it; there are also some goodies for the ladies. The collection includes a cropped ‘Bel-Air Athletics’ hoodie and vintage inspired navy gym shorts.

Millennials are obsessed with the 90s and although this is not the first tribute to a vintage show, it’s definitely one of the best ones.

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With the resurgence of 90s fashion and pop culture references, this collection couldn’t come at a better time. Only a few weeks ago, Ralph Lauren launched a ‘Friends’ inspired collection in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary and Jennifer Lopez broke the internet yet again after revisiting the iconic leaf-print dress she wore to the Grammys in 2000, and wearing it again just last month during Milan Fashion Week. So those vintage vibes are alive and well in the fashion world.

Some of the items, a Limited Edition Gym Bag Kit ($200), and navy and red paisley basket ball, are already sold out, after being limited to just 100 pieces. ‘The Bel-Air Academy collection is only available until Monday October 14 at shop.willsmith.com. So if you want to chill out, max out, and relax all cool in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air merch, you better act fast because it’s selling quick!

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

It’s 2021 and we have no shortage of epic collaborations between some of the world’s biggest Latino stars and top fashion brands. Everyone from J Balvin and Bad Bunny to Cardi B and now Maluma have entered the fashion industry to sell a lifestyle. And people are buying!

Maluma and French fashion house Balmain bring us a limited-edition collaboration.

Colombian superstar Maluma has partnered with French fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that will be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

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.

The Balmain + Maluma line marks the first time ever the brand has designed a line with a celebrity. And it seems like the brand’s creative designer is pretty excited about the collab. Through photos on his Instagram, Olivier Rousteing referred to the reggaetón singer as his inspiration, captioned with supportive laudatory messages about merging their cultures and joint design process.

“Maluma, more than him being an incredible singer,” Rousteing notes, “[brings] a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing up his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well… I think the collaboration with Maluma is obviously giving to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

Maluma also seems to be pumped for the opportunity!

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.

“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.

But if you want a piece of the collection be prepared to drop those coins.

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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.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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