Star style – Ri­hanna

Af­ter con­quer­ing the sound­waves, Bar­ba­dian singer and ac­tress RI­HANNA, 29, is now dom­i­nat­ing the fash­ion scene.

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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.

SHOE MO­MENT

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.

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