Rihanna steals show at NY Fashion Week

For anyone who is not a fashionista, New York Fashion Week can look very dull – but Rihanna is here to change that.

The pop star took New York by storm, riding high on the back of a motorbike as she arrived on a stage purposely built with pinks mountains for models and bikers to make their way.

The show kicked off her Fenty Puma 2018 spring-summer collection – a collaboration between the singer’s new beauty brand and the famous sportswear firm.

RiRi prepares models backstage at the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Spring/Summer 2018 Collection
Image:The singer prepares models backstage at the Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection

Rihanna has been marketing her brand as “beauty for everyone: for women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures and races”.

She “wants everyone to feel included”, and maybe that’s the reason why her show in New York felt so refreshing.

A model walks the runway wearing Look 9 at the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Spring/Summer 2018 Collection
Image:A model walks the runway wearing a swimsuit and sunglasses

Stripped from the strains of haute couture, the singer’s collection was a mixture between beachwear and gymwear, with some models sporting stiletto flip-flops and Lycra suits, while others carried beach towels – one model had one wrapped around his head.

A model walks the runway wearing Look 11 at the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Spring/Summer 2018 Collection
Image:The collection features beach bags

Most of the items paired two colours: navy blue pieces featuring pink embellishments and orange and black athletic suits.

Rihanna rode one of many bikes performing tricks around the stage, making a rock star sign with one hand and sticking out her tongue at the Park Avenue Armory crowd.

Pink mountains as the backdrop for RiRi's fashion show - great for motorbike rides
Image:Pink mountains provided the backdrop for the show

Diplo, the Grammy-winning producer who has worked with Beyonce and Justin Bieber, said he took a helicopter from a gig to make it to Rihanna’s show.

A model poses backstage at the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Spring/Summer 2018 Collection
Image:A model poses backstage

“I think music and fashion are so coincided together, and with Rihanna, she is like equal parts a music beast and a fashion beast. And everybody has a little bit of it, they mix it up, but she’s been doing it since she started,” he said.

The designer had VS model's Taylor Hill and Adriana Lima on the catwalk
Image:The designer had Victoria’s Secrets models Taylor Hill and Adriana Lima on the catwalk

“Like, she’s always been on both sides. So she’s a veteran in that world. So it’s amazing to be here for her show.”

And if bike stunts and bright colours weren’t enough, Rihanna had her Victoria’s Secret angel-friends Adriana Lima and Taylor Hill to walk the catwalk for her.

Adriana Lima walks the runway wearing Look 56 at the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Spring/Summer 2018 Collection
Image:Adriana Lima closes the show

Lima closed the show wearing a zip-up catsuit in cobalt and lime with boots.

Rihanna debuted around 50 different looks at the show, which closed with loud cheers from the audience.

source: news.sky.com