On Friday night, the fashion crowd descended upon Wall Street, where Rihanna was set to present her first Fenty collection in collaboration with Puma. After Kanye West, she was the second A-list celebrity with a spot on the New York Fashion Week calendar this season, and considering the massive spectacle he put on, we were eager to see if she, too, would pull out all of the stops to communicate her vision, which revolved around glammed-up streetwear with a gothic flair. How did she fare? Read on for our review of the show, as told through Rihanna GIFs. Enjoy!
Upon entering the dark venue, I took notice of Rihanna's runway setup: an LED-paneled runway lined with bare trees. What could it all mean?
However, my focus quickly turned to the front row once the singer's famous friends started filing in, including Chris Rock, Wale, Jeremy Scott, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele and Anna Wintour. Even Naomi Campbell came out to support her.
Soon, smoke started rising and the runway lit up. It's starting! Rihanna made sure to cast the baddest bitches in the game, with a diverse lineup that included Lexi Boling, Aya Jones, Imaan Hammam, Taylor Hill and Bhumika Arora. Despite my model-obsessed ways, I kept my fangirling to a minimum.
Just as I suspected, the collection centered around very sexy streetwear. The designer is not one to shy away from nudity, and this certainly came through in the clothes. Stella Maxwell's look was heavy on the underboob and underbutt; Bella Hadid's lace-up dress had a cutout that snaked all the way down her body; and a couple of sheer mesh tees left nothing to the imagination. Daaaamn.
The collection's aesthetic was true to Rihanna's own, but some looks did recall the work of top designers that likely inspired her. There were elements of the "ghetto gothic" look made popular by Hood by Air; dramatically oversized coats and hoodies like those that helped Demna Gvasalia of Vetements rise to fame; large septum rings and cross-adorned body chains à la Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy; as well giant creepers and lace-up sneaker-inspired stilettos, both of which we've seen from Alexander Wang. Some may call this collection derivative garbage. But how many fucks do you think Rihanna gives about that?
Thanks to Pat McGrath, the beauty look was witchy and fabulous. Some models had slicked-back hair painted white, and others sported a bold black lip.
The sporty thigh-high boots that appeared throughout the show were a hit with the crowd, and even though they are clearly inspired by shin guards, they're sexy as hell. I can see them being among the top sellers when the collection hits stores.
Yes Rihanna, take all of our money.
Sadly, the soundtrack was not a brand new track from "Anti" like I'd hoped, but it still had me dancing in my seat.
Gigi Hadid closed the show in an oversized fur hoodie worn open, letting a sparkly crystal garter belt peek out as she walked. Surely she made mama Riri very proud.
After the models took their finale lap, the woman of the hour came out to grace guests with her flawless presence. She seemed pleased with the outcome, and the audience clearly was, too.
All in all, it was a highly entertaining event, with production on par with New York's most elite designers. Hope to see you back here next season, Riri!
See every look from Rihanna's Fenty x Puma collection in the gallery below.