Fresh from her Fenty Beauty launch at New York Fashion Week, anticipation surrounding Rihanna’s latest collaborative collection with Puma was high. From the millennial-pink mountain range set to the motorcross mania and day-glow make-up, here are the seven things to note from the high-octane show.
The Millennial Mountains
Pastel peaks of sand erupted from the floor of the Park Avenue Armory, as Rihanna staged her Fenty Spring 2018 show against a millennial-pink mountain range. Motorcyclists zoomed from glitter-strewn piste to piste, and got fashion editors G-ed up about the fast and furious show.
The Motorcross Mania
RiRi eschewed the traditional designer post-show wave and bow in favour of a victory lap on the back of a motorbike – tongue out, hand above head in the gutsy “rock on” signal. There’s a reason why the popstar-turned-designer’s Instagram handle is “badgalriri”, and Sunday night she reasserted that when she goes to werk, she’s the boss.
The Model Line-Up
Slick Woods – the LA-born model who has walked every Fenty show and stars in the new Fenty make-up campaign – joined a blockbuster line-up of models including Joan Smalls, Duckie Thot, Adriana Lima, and Stella Maxwell. “The adrenaline before the show, the bikes, the vroom-vroom… It. Riled. Me. Up,” 17-year-old beauty Selena Forrest told British Vogue as she came off the runway.
The scuba-meets-surfer streetwear – and the hip cleavage induced by those high-rise swimsuits – certainly made an impact, but there was plenty of above-the-neck action too. Using the designer’s newly launched Fenty Beauty line exclusively, make-up artist James Kaliardo gave models some serious cheek shimmer. The secret to that day-glow? The Trophy Wife highlighter, which happens to be RiRi’s favourite Fenty product, naturally.
Stiletto-heeled flip flops? No problem for Rihanna’s crew who sauntered around the pink sand dunes in rubber heels in a variety of hues. Beachwear never looked so fab-u-lous.
Alongside Rihanna‘s fellow artists Cardi B and Diplo, Whoopi Goldberg took a front row-view of the motorcross spectacle. Just as the model line-up was a celebration of diversity, the FROW proved that when it comes to wearing Fenty x Puma, everyone looks sassy. Shout out to Goldberg’s socks too.
Cut to the after-party and Rihanna showed off outfit number two from her Spring 2018 line: a high-vis pink tracksuit, turquoise crop top, and mesh pants. Rihanna lived it up with Stella Maxwell and Kaia Gerber at the post-runway party.