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With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, we set our sights on Rihanna’s FW17 collection for her Puma-collaborated imprint, Fenty. The show marks RiRi’s third season with the sportswear giant and her sophomore presentation in Paris.

Here’s everything you need to know about Fenty x PUMA FW17.

The Invite

While RiRi’s Paris Fashion Week debut for Fenty last season drew inspiration from Marie Antoinette and contemporary gym clothes, FW17, dubbed “Fenty University,” reimagined traditional collegiate uniforms into bold, cutting-edge streetwear. Keeping with the school theme, the invite for the show came in the form of detention cards (of course) complete with varsity pins.

The Venue

Seems like libraries were all the rage for fashion shows this season. Following Philipp Plein‘s New York Public Library-hosted sartorial extravaganza, Rihanna took over the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France) to present her FW17 collection, using reading tables – desk lights, books and all – as a runway…essentially doing everything humanly possible to piss off your local librarian.

Star-Studded Guest List

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In addition to the Parisian fashion elite, the show was met with a bevy of celebrity attendees such as Future, DJ Mustard, Cara Delevingne and Selma Hayek.

The Soundtrack

In true bad gyal form, the show’s soundtrack was an explosive mix of club bangers and reworked throwbacks including a choral cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” followed by “Happy Go Sucky Fucky” and “I Fink You Freaky” by Die Antwoord, until ultimately closing with M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls.”

Collegiate Couture

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The collection took design cues from traditional collegiate-wear but repurposed them for the modern streetwear aficionado. Droopy cable knit varsity sweaters featured haltered necklines and elongated sleeves, sporty polos were cropped and cut super tight, side-slit dress were fastened out of tearaway sweatpants and preppy plaids splashed their way onto nylon puffer coats and billowing parkas. The footwear was especially striking, featuring a few new iterations of the Fenty Creeper, thigh-high wresting boots and suede stilettos.

Grinch Better Have My Money

Always on the flex, RiRi came out for her final bow in a massive lime green faux fur coat, hoop earrings and stiletto boots. “Phresh” out the runway, as she once put it.

For more Paris Fashion Week shenanigans, check out Yohji Yamamoto’s avant-garde, minimalist FW17 show

Words by Nico Amarca
Fashion Editor, North America
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