Two Fil-Am designer and fashion influencers make HYPEBEAST' 2021 HB100 List. This year, Rhuigi Villasenor founder of RHUDE and stylist Aleali May are included for their creative contributions within fashion. To be recognized by a leading platform for fashion and streetwear is a huge win for them. RHUDE has become a fashion staple amongst Hollywood from artists to athletes, and actors while Aleali May has also been styling some of the biggest names while also shaping the female sneaker culture.
This year, both designers paid tribute to their Filipino roots. Rhuigi partnered with Instant Brand for the "Late Summer" lifestyle collection that was inspired by his mother who taught him how to cook and enjoy life. All of the items are reimagined products that include Corelle plates, customized chef's knife and various accessories. Cooking was a prevalent activity in his household that Rhuigi wanted to stay true to Southeast Asian prints.
Every design in the unique collection is a blend of his roots and the recognizable bandana print that helped heighten the brand. HYPEBEAST mentions how Villaseñor’s world of high-priced streetwear knows how to serve up cool, infusing elements of art, travel and sport into his very LA-inspired clothing.
As for Aleali May, what hasn't she done yet? She just released her Barbie doll that was inspired by her favorite fashion week look while also dominating in the sneaker game alongside with the Jordan brand. She looks to continue finding ways to empower women and communities in a male-dominant industry.
One of her most recent drops was the Jordan Brand's "Fortune" collection where Aleali paid homage to the influencer's Filipino and Black heritage. It's basically a reimagining of the AJ14 with a jade flare. The design was inspired by her grandmothers. The jade outline on the sneakers is a nod to first piece of jewelry she was given by her grandmothers which were jade pieces.
Check out each of their full profiles on HYPEBEAST!
Cover Photo Credit: Rhuigi Villasenor Twitter