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Mexican Designer Ricardo Seco Is Harnessing The Power Of The Sarape To Give Fashion New Life

This is what happens when Mexican culture, American politics and fashion collide. Prepare yourself, you will have plenty of thoughts about it.

Fashion designer Ricardo Seco is giving the sarape a new place in fashion: New York Men’s Fashion Week.

feliz y agadecido por esta gran noche !! #sarapetime #NYFWM #SecoTime #yosoynewyork #yosoymexico …thanks @cfda

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Seco, who is self-taught, is a highly regarded fashion designer in Mexico and he’s been making a splash in the U.S.

llegando ala GALA @aidforaids #myherogala2015 venga a compartir y apoyar !! #yosoynexico

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You might remember Seco from his Huichol-inspired line of New Balance sneakers.

VERY RARE ! #SNEAKERART #HUICHOL #MEXICO #HANDBEADED #INSPIRED #COLORS #NEWBALANCE #SECORICARDO

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And now he’s re-interpreting the traditional sarape.

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Seco says he wants to bring traditional Mexican styles and colors to a broader audience.

…is my time ,is #sarapetime #NYFWM #CFDA #fashion #yosoymexico

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To give his “Time” collection a unique feel, Seco decided to give sarapes a modern update.

MORNING NY … ready for share more of #sarapetime .#NYFWM #CFDA #yosoynewyork #yosoymexico

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Adapting and showing his culture is central to Seco’s designs.

This line has more than just sarapes to showcase Mexican culture. Seco also used Speedy Gonzales in his apparel.

…… Good Morning . yesterday one of the best night #sarapetime … happy and thankful. #speedygonzales rocks

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You know, this dude.

Credit: Warner Bros. / Speedy Gonzales / jpoxxed / Tumblr

Seco’s idea to use Speedy Gonzales will definitely turn heads, as the cartoon mouse has been criticized by some in the U.S. for being a negative stereotype of Mexicans.

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And it isn’t a political, Mexican-inspired fashion line without Donald Trump making an appearance.

I am MEXICO who is Trump? #yosoymexico #sarapetime

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One of the T-shirts displayed features a caricature of Donald Trump with the caption, “I’m México. Who is Trump?”

Check out his line below:

THANKS #yosoyfeliz #sarapetime #NYFWM #yosoymexico

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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.

Credit: Phraa / 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.

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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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