Star style – Rihanna
After conquering the soundwaves, Barbadian singer and actress RIHANNA, 29, is now dominating the fashion scene.
With her one-of-a-kind combination of beauty and talent, this gifted Barbadian star shows no signs of stopping. We all know Rihanna is a street style icon and rated as one of the most Googled celebs. She actually has more followers on Twitter (71,5 million) than Beyoncé (who counts 14,8 million) and even Kim Kardashian West (who has 51,4 million).
Rihanna regularly sets trends and has worn statement garments on almost each and every red carpet she's set foot on. Who could forget that show-stopping canary yellow gown and fur-trim cape at the Met Gala in 2016 that set the Internet on a craze? The dress was by Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei, who later told People magazine that initially, she wasn't sure about the gown and thought it'd be too heavy and hot for Rihanna to wear.
HER MUSIC ROOTS
Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Barbados, the singer, songwriter, and actress has faced her fair share of struggles entering the music industry. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip hop producer and rapper Jay Z. Her successful lead single Umbrella took her to the international stage, winning the singer her first Grammy for Best Rap/Song Collaboration with Jay Z in 2008. After releasing four consecutive platinum studio albums, including the Grammy winner Unapologetic in 2012, she's rightly recognised as a pop icon the world over. But this is not where her influence stops.
RED CARPET TO RUNWAY
After many successful collaborations with luxury brands such as Manolo Blahnik for an all-denim shoe line, Dior in creating a line of futuristic sunglasses and Armani for their denim collection, Rihanna has cemented her place as a style icon.
In December 2014, it was announced that Rihanna would become the creative director of the fashion athleisure brand, Puma. The first full collection since teaming up with the German sportswear giant was in overseeing their women's line, including collaborations in apparel and footwear.
In her first collection, RiRi explored shapes by creating exaggerated longsleeved tops and jackets, voluminous hoodies and crew necks. Laces running up and down the pieces added edge. Let's not forget the velvet bomber jacket, satisfying both fashion and function. Each piece in this debut embodied a sexiness married with her iconic tough-as-nails attitude.
She earned some couture-certified credentials, showing her second collaboration range with Puma in the fashion capital of the world, Paris. The show had plenty of hyper-feminine athleisure apparel, with one dramatic look after the next. Each blended high fashion details, like lace and embroidery, with Puma's signature track pants, sweatshirts, and baseball hats in a colour palette of soft pinks, greens and off-white.
The full Fenty Puma A/W17 collection was presented in New York. In it, she drew inspiration from today's Japanese street culture and tradition. Mixing that cultural influence with gothic overtones and OTT volumes and proportions, the fashion icon challenged the traditional male and female silhouettes and blurred lines between genders that are often too rigid for her fashion tastes.
Sticking to a monochromatic colour palette, Rihanna's latest offering featured styles such as a ground-sweeping kimono robe, tearaway tricot tracksuits, an attitude punched lace-up jersey corset, dresses and bodysuits. The new collection also includes footwear. Next to knee-high boots, the creeper returns on an even chunkier platform. The collection was kept in a monochromatic colour scheme, very much in line with current fashion and street wear trends. Overall, nothing crazy and very trend-driven, it's a capsule that proves there's space for her to play on the runway.
In her S/S17 collection, sexy is powerful, expressive and opulent. She merges sporty silhouettes with the romance and grandeur of 18th century France. Sneakers, tracksuits and boxing robes are reimagined, exaggerated, and elevated with luxurious fabrics as well as unexpected trims like intricate lace, fine pleating, playful bows, puma cats and piercings.
Rihanna has released three pairs of footwear through her Puma link-up: a covetable creeper, a trainer in black, red and white, and the inimitable Fenty Fur Slide. It appears that out of the three styles, everyone wants to get their hands on the fur slip-ons.
These have become the most recognisable items since Rihanna showcased her first collection. Worn with just about anything, stars like Gigi and Kim Kardashian West have been seen wearing the trendy slides. The slippers come in a variety of colours, including black, white and pink. The full Marie Antoinette-inspired clothing collection is expected to drop some time in the coming months.
BELOW: EVERYONE WANTS TO GET THEIR FEET IN A FUR SLIDE.
ABOVE: THE COLLECTION MIXES JAPANESE STREET STYLE WITH GOTHIC UNDERTONES.