Rihanna took a break from the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets press tour yesterday, in order to pay a visit to French President Emmanuel Macron.
See the best dressed from the Valerian Hollywood premiere:
First lady Brigitte Macron welcomed the pop star at the Elysée Palace, where the agenda was education rights in impoverished communities. Macron, it seems, took Rihanna’s Tweet to him in June asking, “will France commit to #FundEducation?”, seriously. Other world leaders, such as Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, are yet to respond to her queries. Lest they should forget that Harvard University awarded her the Humanitarian of the Year Award earlier this year. Rihanna means business.
The insider view of Rihanna’s wardrobe hits so far:
It was a tale of two power uniforms for Rihanna and Macron, who sported the type of tailoring that makes them both feel confident. There were no surprises from the former teacher-turned-first lady, who opted for her signature skinny jeans and a cropped, white Louis Vuitton jacket with symmetrical pocket and silver button detailing.
For Rihanna, loose, layered suiting was the order of the day. Balenciaga’s now-signature mannish blazers sat atop grey tiered shirting and matching trousers. The Bajan singer has always been partial to mannish suit cuts. For her 2012 777 tour, she self-imposed a menswear marathon, and dipped into Givenchy, Alexander Wang, and Opening Ceremony’s male collections, as well as those of recent Central Saint Martin’s graduate Shaun Samson.
The menswear trends to borrow from the boys:
Shockingly pretty in romantic purple, comes this creation from Balenciaga. Team it with a pair of white sneakers by day and block-heeled mules in the evening.
Trade the trousers with a pleated maxi skirt and you’re done.
Comme des Garçons is still riding on a creative wave. Take this red dress par exemple – the ultimate showstopper.
A white two-piece suit is a safe bet, as ever. Want to stand out from the crowd? Combine it with a pair of bright coloured ankle boots.
Slip this kimono over your night attire, using the detachable sash belt to define your waist on a Saturday morning.
Another look that doesn’t need a lot of change. The oversized sweater emphasizes a relaxed feel.
Is it a cape? Is it a shawl? Or is it just a blanket? Either way, it might be the perfect finishing touch to your new white abaya.
A special award goes to the turquoise kimono by Balmain. Worn with black leather trousers and a pair of peep-toe platforms, it will stand the test of time and be great for cutting a dash during the upcoming Eid.
Even though spring is moody over at Yohji Yamamoto, this outfit might be the ideal look for those frisky summer nights. Preferably to be worn with a black and white printed headscarf.
Yesterday’s look – polished off with a silver Dior chain bag, matching metallic necklace and Sergio Rossi sandals – chimed with her current inclination for monochromatic outfits. It ticked the woman-on-a-mission box, but, like Macron, didn’t stray from the confident style she has honed over time. Where the first lady’s honey-coloured hair was quaffed to perfection, Rihanna’s was swept into a top knot with unruly tendrils splaying out. Macron was heavily tanned and made-up, the pop star kept it fresh-faced. For every woman has their armour, whether in the pop circle or the political one.