Hollywood hyphenate Leyna Bloom strutted across the field for the Boss x Russell Athletic Pre-Spring 2022 show at Milan Fashion Week. The sportswear collection brought the gameday excitement to reality by having the show at a baseball field, creating a fully immersive experience showcasing the unisex designs.
Leyna rocked an orange logo pull-over, leggings, and accessorized with a beanie, sunglasses, backpack, and her very own whistle giving her head coach vibes for the show. The Boss x Russell show was jam-packed with everything you can imagine during a game day, from food, cheerleaders, mascots, and even a live marching band. This is the second collaboration with Boss and Russell Athletic, and they surely did not disappoint. Check out the video and see the show and collection for yourself.
Cover Photo Courtesy of Leyna Bloom Instagram
The MET Gala always brings out star-studded influencers together for a night filled with the most talked about fashion choices. Everyone from A-list celebs to your favorite Filipinx superstars all showed up in their best fits including Saweetie in a Christian Cowan dress with 10 million crystals! Also taking the spotlight were Hailee Steinfeld, Evan Mock, Olivia Rodrigo, Leylah Fernandez, and Leyna Bloom. All we can say is they definitely understood the assignment!
The theme this year, “American Independence” helped celebrate the museum’s two-part exhibit kicking off with “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and concludes with “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” in 2022. According to Vogue and exhibit organizers, part one will “celebrate The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion.” Check out our favorite looks from the Filipino A-listers below!
Saweetie made her MET debut and wore a custom gown by designer, Christian Cowan that was embedded with 10 million crystals which all came together basically in 24-hours. The dress’ cape represented the colors from the Filipino and Black American Heritage flags and which makes her an American girl. During the carpet, she shared the meaning behind it: “my cape represents the Black American heritage flag and the Filipino flag.”
See Christian Cowan, the designer himself talk about designing the dress, celebrating Saweetie, and how his hands are still stained from placing the crystals by hand.
Hailee Steinfeld shocked everyone as she almost went unrecognizable for her MET look. The usually brown haired singer and actress tried out a new blonde shorter look. She debuted the Magnetosphere Dress which was designed by Iris Van Herpen and Rogan Brown. According to Vanity Fair the dress takes after “a myriad of relief sculptures, made of hand and laser-cut layers of Parley Ocean Plastic, individually stitched to encircle the bodice, forming one extremely delicate circle of life.” Hailee’s transformation for this year’s Gala definitely hits the mark.
Evan Mock, also a first time Gala attendee showed up incognito with a full leather face mask. The HBO Max Gossip Girl actor who is very familiar with the famous MET steps (*pass the yogurt, please) wore Thom Browne paired with an infamous mask to boot. This event is definitely the time to take some of your best fashion risks. See how Evan got ready for the Gala in this reel!
Olivia Rodrigo who’s having the year of her life, made her MET Gala debut. She wore an all black Saint Laurent bodysuit and stayed true to her Gen Z, punk rock style. In an interview, she shared, “I personally love American punk music, and I think Saint Laurent does a really good job of making punk rock feminine. So that’s what I was going for tonight.” All we can say is “good 4 u,” Olivia!
Leylah Fernandez who stole the hearts of many during the U.S. Open also served a look at the MET Gala. The tournament runner-up said her dress was inspired by tennis royalty, Venus and Serena Williams. Part of Gen Z that’s taking over, Leylah wore a black-and-white Carolina Herrera that paid tribute to the Williams’ 1998 shoot with Vogue. She may have missed prom, but we think the MET Gala is a pretty good replacement.
Leyna Bloom stunned in wearing Atelier Prabal Gurung and Swarovski jewelry. She is winning in this gown and did anyone else catcher her R2D2 embedded accessory?
What were your favorite looks from fashion’s biggest night? Tweet us @myxnews!
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Leyna Bloom is the first first Black and Filipino transgender woman to be featured in a Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated. Bloom, who is Black and Filipina, is only the second transgender woman to ever be featured in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Last year, Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio became the first.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue editor-in-chief MJ Day called Bloom’s cover a “culmination of our powerful community coming together,” and said the magazine was thrilled to help share her story. Bloom dedicates the cover to all ballroom femme queens past, present and future. She says this is a historical moment for #girlslikeus because it “allows us to live and be seen.”
Many girls like us don’t have the chance to live our dreams, or to live long at all. She hopes to empower those who are struggling to be seen and feel valued. Looking to be a messenger guiding others, she looks to a future full of respect and appreciation for all women in all forms and from all walks of life.
In addition to her modeling career, Bloom is also an actress. The Chicago native appeared in the final season of FX’s “Pose” and also starred in “Asking For It,” which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2019, she became the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role in movie featured at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cover Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit