Following the footsteps of music star Kanye West who booked out Madison Square Garden to parade his Yeezy Season 3, Rihanna’s first catwalk collaboration with the German brand has also been one of the most anticipated celebrity-link up of fashion week. Rihanna has never been one to shy away from her fashion instincts, which has led to some personal risqué style decisions. On the New York Fashion Week runway, her Fenty x Puma collection premiered for fall/winter 2016.
It was a high-energy catwalk presentation that blended the singer’s love of sportswear with sexy, provocative ensembles. “I’m inspired by my attitude more than anything, literally from my album to my collection, everything has been stemming from what makes me feeling something, what moves me.” Rihanna told Vogue. The core of the collection was essentially goth with a transfusion of street glamour. The models — including supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid — walked in black and white deconstructed revealing pieces with hairdo that seems to have referenced Alexander Wang circa 2010. The models’ hair was coated in white paint in lieu of the typical slicked-back look.
Thigh-high black boots, hoodies, thongs and sports jackets combined with strapless dresses zipped down on the front of the pieces. Nineties-goth touches like lace-up bodysuits and chokers added more drama to the basic essentials. Alongside womenswear, this collection also brought menswear, and Fenty’s menswear is not easy to pull off. Most male models are sporting deconstructed sweatpants worn with suspenders and a logo-ed garter displaying a tricky sartorial move. But Rihanna took the risk even further by pairing them with fuzzy hoodies with a cud tough-guy look that could hit the retail bullseye. Overall, the collection is more maximalist than minimalist and brought atheleisure with the kind of streetwear that have been coursing through fashion lately.