Rihanna is known for turning heads for a plethora of reasons. If it’s not due to her striking beauty or her sensational singing voice, it’s likely because of her chic wardrobe choices and favorable sense of style that she’s got onlookers mesmerized.
Rihanna has strutted her fair share of runways up until this New York Fashion Week. This time around, however, Riri is walking the catwalk behind the models she has outfitted in her own desiger fashions. Taking the role as designer and creative director for the latest Fenty Puma line seems only fitting as Rihanna’s taste for sporty street-style is on point and trend-setting.
The Associated Press relays the details about Rihanna’s show at NYFW.
“The singer presented her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection, heavy on Japanese-inspired streetwear in almost exclusively black and white, with, she said, ‘a Gothic undertone.’ As befitting a collection for Puma, it of course featured sneakers, many with high stacked platforms.”
The individual garments worked in a cohesive manner with each that was presented and there were an array of consistent edgy details that were paired with the threads, as Elle shares.
“There were wearable, covetable items like platform creepers, cropped lace-up sweatshirts and matching track pants, oversized hoodies, extra long coach jackets, and boxers. “
Previous to her models taking on the runway in her Gothic-inspired threads, Rihanna spoke with interviewers and media members while surrounded by mirrored walls seated in a forest-like setting, as AP notes.
“I think design is a part of being creative. I enjoy creating and expressing the crazy things going on in my mind through something that people can see and that is tangible. That is the best part, being able to express yourself. Fashion to me was just one of those things that came naturally. I enjoy discovering it — all the different styles, finishes, fabrics, silhouettes. It’s not easy, but it doesn’t feel like work.”
The star also went into discussing how her inspiration comes from the various fashion week shows she has been in attendance of and touched on the fact that specific designers and their designs have been meaningful to her when creating her own line of clothing.
Although Rihanna admitted her inspiration has been sparked by a number of vets in the industry, such as Alexander Wang, the singer was not keen on sharing more as she wishes to relay that her designs are truly her own.
In attendance at her show were the slated host for this year’s Oscars Chris Rock, supermodel Naomi Campbell, singer Ne-Yo along with Pete Wentz, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and designer Jeremy Scott.
As the show concluded, Rihanna walked out on to the runway to take her bow with a beaming smile and while doing so sported a gray-and-white hooded jacket.
Before the show, when the singer graced the red carpet, she opted for a black top with velvet on its exterior and jersey on the interior sharing that she “wanted to keep it sporty.”
Elle reminds that another musical self-professed powerhouse also revealed his latest collection in a much different manner than Rihanna chose to. Kanye West was sure to get the hype going about his Yeezy Season 3 line by hosting an event at Madison Square Garden for the reveal. Rihanna has demonstrated that there is definitely room for another musician in the sportswear fashion industry.
“Unlike Kanye’s casual and intimate presentation in front of 18,000 of his nearest and dearest at Madison Square Garden, Rihanna put on a more traditional runway show for Puma, showcasing a cohesive collection of what you might call statement athleisure.”
Rihanna has made her mark on the design world with this debut reveal. Nothing less would be expected from this talented and fashionable superstar.
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