As you may recall, bonafide bad gyal Rihanna first launched her ultra-hyped Fenty x PUMA collection last season during New York Fashion Week, which was met with acclamatory reviews from both fans and seasoned fashion critics.
For SS17, the singer decided to bouge things up a bit by presenting her sophomore collaboration with the German sportswear giant in Paris, believing that the “theme and concept was best suited” to what RiRi dubs as one of her favorite cities.
Like true Rihanna fashion, the show delivered an onslaught of gaudy getups that were très on fleek (quelle surprise, n’est-ce pas?).
Here’s everything you need to know about Fenty x PUMA SS17’s show.
The show took place inside the lush Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, where one of its salons was converted into a Louis XVI-style wonderland complete with chandeliers nestled on the floor and a maze-like runway that swerved in and out of the hotel’s many rooms.
It Streamed Live on TIDAL
Before the presentation, RiRi gave a taste of what was to come via a brief clip uploaded on her Instagram account. The atmospheric, slo-mo video displays a pensive Rihanna gazing at various pastel-hued, floral-patterned garms hanging on a rack somewhere (presumably) backstage.
The clip also announced that the show would stream live on Jay Z’s TIDAL platform. In addition to providing those unable to attend IRL a front-row view of the hyped affair, the stream was made available to both subscribers and non-subscribers (though you know people would have been willing to shell out that $9.99 service fee just to tune in).
Marie Antoinette Gymwear
While last season was a dark and gothy fiesta, the singer’s followup collection was an ornate and colorful array of lavenders, pinks and greens that paid tribute to one of France’s most notorious royals, Marie Antoinette.
Modeled by an eclectic cast that included everyone from Sita Abellan (who starred in the singer’s gore-happy “Bitch Better Have My Money” video) and Anwar Hadid (yes, Gigi and Bella’s brother) to “It” models Yasmin Wijnaldum and Adwoa Aboah, the line was an interesting mashup of arty rococo design and contemporary streetwear; overall, something that felt very true to the singer’s famously flashy style.
Pepto-pink parkas featured ruffled trimmings. Deconstructed bustiers and corsets were tied together with lace and worn over dresses, as part of sweatshirts or on their own with bra tops. Cherry blossom prints emblazoned on silk and lace fabrics were commonplace, alongside other au courant trends such as ultra-wide pants and knee-length sleeves.
The headwear consisted mainly of baseball caps, bucket hats and doo-rags, while crystal and pearl necklaces, chokers, crosses and diamond rings lodged in models’ mouths were suitably swanky accessories. Oh, and as for footwear, best believe that RiRi’s ever-popular PUMA creepers, platforms and pool slides stomped their way up and down the catwalk.
Vive La Rihanna!
Once the models took their final walk, the lady of the hour strutted her stuff in a pink gown cleaved from broderie anglaise and a pearl choker, giving guests their anticipated photo op. Bien joué, RiRi!
For more Paris Fashion Week shenanigans, check out the North African prints in Uma Wang’s SS17 collection.
- Images: Vogue.com