Ri­hanna goes freestyle for her Fenty x Puma show

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Maeve McDer­mott @maeve_m­c­der­mott USA TO­DAY

Even by Ri­hanna’s high stan­dards, this was breath­tak­ing.

Af­ter un­veil­ing her Fenty Beauty makeup line ear­lier this week, Rih staged a New York Fash­ion Week show like we’ve never seen be­fore Sun­day night when she brought BMX riders, Mil­len­nial pink moun­tains and a pa­rade of fu­tur­is­tic ath­letic wear to Man­hat­tan’s Park Av­enue Ar­mory for her Fenty x Puma spring 2018 run­way show.

In stark con­trast to the stan­dard-is­sue run­way Tom Ford setup at the venue days be­fore, Ri­hanna’s team trans­formed the room into a glit­ter­ing pink moun­tain range with pas­tel peaks of sand ris­ing from the floor.

As if the set­ting weren’t stun­ning enough, the show opened with a scene that de­serves to go down in Fash­ion Week his­tory, fea­tur­ing four high-fly­ing mo­tor­cy­clists som­er­sault­ing over the moun­tains, com­ing scar­ily close to the light rigs mounted on the ceil­ing.

Once the bik­ers safely landed, the pre­sen­ta­tion be­gan of Rih’s fu­tur­is­tic-yet-wear­able vi­sions of ath­leisure and swimwear, in front of an au­di­ence in­clud­ing Ash­ley Gra­ham, Cardi B, Whoopi Gold­berg, Ty Dolla Sign, Off­set, Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Joey Bada$$ and more.

The BMX in­spi­ra­tions ex­tended to the many brightly col­ored biker suits seen on the run­way, along­side wide-leg pants, off-theshoul­der span­dex, over­size jack­ets, clunky creep­ers and high­heeled flip-flops.

The show con­cluded with the mod­els cir­cling the moun­tains as the bik­ers zoomed over their heads, end­ing with Ri­hanna her­self on the back of a bike, cir­cling the crowd and wav­ing. It was an iconic fin­ish to an un­for­get­table night.


Ri­hanna wraps up her high-fly­ing show Sun­day night at the Park Av­enue Ar­mory in New York.

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