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Johanna Ortiz Is The First Latin American Designer Ever To Collaborate With Major High Street Brand H&M

No affordable clothing company brings high fashion designers to the masses quite like H&M does. The retail company has become known for its designer partnerships as much as it has for it’s cheap prices. Following hot on the heels of Giambattista Valli’s tulle-laden collab, the Swedish retail company H&M has unveiled it’s latest partner in crime, the Colombian, Johanna Ortiz. 

H&M’s first-ever collab collection with a Latina designer is coming early next year, and we’re excited.

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H&M’s partnership with Johanna Ortiz has us jumping with excitement. The collab would mark the very first collaboration between the retail giant and a Latina designer. Since 2004, H&M has released one —or sometimes two— designer collaborations a year. Karl Lagerfeld was the first, and ever since, the fast-fashion giant has released affordable collections designed by the likes of Kenzo, Balmain, Alber Elbaz, and many more.

The majority of these collections sell out in hours, with people lining up outside the store, hours before doors open. The limited-edition pieces hit the secondary market for two or three times the price of the originals.

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Featuring a flamboyant color palette, exotic floral prints and glamorous silhouettes that have become synonymous with Ortiz’s brand of feminine, maximalist dressing, the collection is replete with elegant day-to-night options for those seeking to make a statement.

Ortiz’s signature ruffles, floral prints, and off-the-shoulder styles have captivated consumers everywhere.

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The Colombia native’s signature ruffles and off-the-shoulder silhouettes perfectly capture the spirit of the Latin American Caribbean and have resonated with industry insiders and consumers alike. Ortiz makes use of vibrant colors and feminine silhouettes that have proved commercially successful, earning her worldwide stockists and a loyal clientele base.

The Cali-native designer has garnered global fame with her feminine label.

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The designer has become something of a fashion ambassador for Colombia and has been invited to show her collections at the White House in Washington and the United Nations in New York. She is currently expanding into new categories, having made a bridalwear debut with an exclusive collection for e-tailer Moda Operandi.

There will be an exclusive ‘pre-drop’ this month, before the full collection launches.

The full collection will be dropping in March of 2020, with an exclusive pre-drop of four dresses available this week. All four frocks are an iteration of Ortiz’s flirtatious, floral, over the top, yet effortless aesthetic: one tunic dress, a wrap dress, the mini dress, and a tiered floor-length style dress. 

Ortiz is proud of her heritage, which has a strong influence on her creative aesthetic.

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“The prints all come from my obsession with the flowers, the palm trees and the beautiful colors I am blessed to see out the window when I wake up at home in Cali, in my native Colombia,” explained the Colombian designer in an interview with The Evenging Standard. 

Johanna drew inspiration from her own archive. 

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The tropical and floral prints extracted from Johanna’s archive are called, Wild Roses, Orchid Paradise, Cacatua, and Coquelicots, and live on warm yellow, dusty pink, forest green, and coral-infused dark brown canvases. “The imprint of Latin America and its uniquely festive atmosphere is something that can be felt in each Johanna Ortiz design, so I’m thrilled that so many women in the world will have a little piece of Colombia in their wardrobes thanks to the Johanna Ortiz x H&M collaboration,” said the designer. 

In an effort to give back to the community, her label places a high priority on working with indigenous communities and women in Colombia.

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Ortiz founded her namesake label in 2001 and counts Beyoncé, Sienna Miller and Kate Hudson among her legion of fans.

In an interview with H&M’s online magazine, Johanna shared what she’s most looking forward to about with this collab: “I’m most excited about the fact that I’m taking a bit of my design and a bit of Colombia and reaching a new audience of women. I think that’s really satisfying.”

An exclusive Johanna Ortiz x H&M “pre-drop” of four dress styles will be released in selected stores and at hm.com on December 3; the main collection will be available in March 2020.

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A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

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A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

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A sneaker shop in Germany is selling some of the most iconic Nike sneakers created, the Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.” The sneakers will be sold at a shop in Germany and fans cannot wait to get their hands on these sneakers.

German sneaker fans have a chance to get their hands on a pair of Nike Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.”

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On June 2, the shoes will be available at the shop, and fans can’t wait. The shoe is one way for every Puerto Rican to show their pride in where they come from. The shoes were originally released in 2005 and this release is something exciting.

However, U.S. sneakerheads will be left out.

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The store, which is located in central Germany in the city of Fulda won’t be able to shop these to other countries. That being said, only Germans will likely get their hands on these shoes because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel is restricted so it seems likely that you will be able to hop on a plane to get these shoes.

Those lucky enough to get their hands on these shoes can expect to spend 130€ ($142) on them.

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These shoes are not the only way for Puerto Rican fans of Nike shoes to show their cultural pride. The shoe company has other options for the Caribbean people to wear their pride on some sneakers.

The man difference in these shoes from the original is the work on the upper shoe. The upper shoe is a tonal midfoot Swoosh and a navy sockliner. The Puerto Rican flag is embroidered on the tongue and heel fo the shoe to really drive home the Caribbean pride.

Nike has released multiple Puerto Rican-influenced sneakers and they sell quickly.

The sold out Air Max 1 Puerto Rico sold for $140. These were created to celebrate New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The sneakers have the words “Pa’lante Mi Gente” on the inside of the tongue giving a special message to all Puerto Ricans. The sneakers are meant to celebrate not just the culture but the strength of the Puerto Rican people to keep moving forward.

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The Jonas Brothers And Karol G’s New Video For ‘X’ Is Finally Here

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The Jonas Brothers And Karol G’s New Video For ‘X’ Is Finally Here

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There is something so special about the content that is being created right now. We are all having to find new ways to create content and connect with the world that is locked down around us. It isn’t just regular people who are stuck at home having to do it. Celebrities are having to find ways to make things happen to keep their fans happy and entertained. This means that music videos are not going to be the same.

The Jonas Brother and Karol G didn’t let the COVID-19 quarantines stop them from making a new music video.

“Uh-la-la, by the pool, we’re singing bailando.”

ICYMI, the Jonas Brothers are a thing again meaning that all of our teen obsessions with them are coming back. We didn’t know how much we needed them back in our lives until they came back. They’ve been back for a little over a year and it is still kind of surreal to see them back at after their very public split back in the day.

We first got some new music from the Jonas Brothers in the early part of 2019. The fanbase was reenergized and now they are bringing Spanish-speaking fans into the fold. Colombian singer Karol G joins the boys on their new single “X” and the music video is finally out.

The Jonas Brothers and Karol G gave the world a socially distanced music video for their new single “X.”

Fans are excited to hear the new music. There is more to love here than just our teenage selves fangirling internally. For some fans, the inclusion of Karol G’s Spanish verse brings a moment of representation, which still matters. The song is an upbeat dance number that we can all get into. After all, we can all use a moment to forget everything happening and spend some time doing something physical.

The quarantine influence is something fans appreciate seeing.

We are all isolating and it is nice to see other people taking it seriously. The music video is proof that it is possible to be in self-isolation while still producing and creating some fun content. We have seen no lack of fun quarantine inspired content.

We should also all take a moment to celebrate Karol G.

Karol G is pretty new to the scene and her star is clearly on the rise. The Colombian singer first broke through after releasing “Unstoppable.” Her debut album was celebrated within the Latin trap movement as the first solid entry by a woman into the genre.

After a couple of years on the scene, the English-language audience is now catching on to the incredible talent. Her brief moment on “X” is more than just a feature. The Latina owned her part and, arguably, brought the fire that made the song the bop it has the potential to become.

Karol G’s fans are here to support and promote the singer’s latest collab.

Karol G’s appearance in the video sets her apart as the most important part of the video. Let’s be honest. Most of us are only watching the video to see the young Karol G break through the noise. Her verse just slaps and the Jonas Brothers are better for having her involved in this project.

The graduating class of 2020 was given a special performance of “X” as part of the television special “Graduate Together.”

Congratulations, again, to all of the people who just graduated from high school. You got this.

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