The same year Rihanna released her sixth album “Talk That Talk,” she teamed up with Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear on a small capsule collection that included denim, biker jackets, T-shirts and lace lingerie. She also starred in campaigns for both Armani-owned brands.
Rihanna debuted her first collection with British high street brand River Island at London Fashion Week, to much fanfare. Unfortunately, reviews for her risqué designs were unapologetic in their criticism. “Nipple-baring, crotch-flashing mesh outfits and bra tops aren’t exactly what a stylish gal wants to throw on for a casual night out,” a Huffington Post reporter wrote, adding, “The entire collection was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.” The Daily Beast, meanwhile, called the collection “porny” and “a horror show.”
Undeterred, Rihanna bounced back by snagging a creative director title at Puma, and went on to star in multiple campaigns and create several collections for the athletic brand, the first of which debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2016. Her footwear designs for Puma, including creeper-style sneakers and fur-covered pool slides, sold out almost instantly.
Rihanna socked it to us all by teaming up with Stance on several collections of avant-garde hosiery. Highlights included over-the-knee socks covered in Galliano-style newsprint, sheer thigh-highs trimmed with marabou and an “Iconic Looks” line of socks bearing images of the style icon herself.
Dior tapped the “Umbrella” songstress as its first black ambassador, making her the star of its Secret Garden ad campaign.
Rihanna unveiled her first designs for Dior as part of her ambassadorship deal: a capsule of futuristic, shield-style sunglasses priced between $840 and $1,950 per pair.
Rihanna pairs up with Manolo Blahnik on the first of three collections, which promptly crashes the footwear brand’s website. The undisputed highlight of her all-denim debut? The “9-to-5” boots, a chaps-inspired style priced at a staggering $4,000.
The Grammy winner launched Fenty Beauty, her critically acclaimed cosmetics brand committed to inclusivity. Developed in collaboration with LVMH, the beauty line — which offers concealer and foundation in 50 shades in addition to eyeshadow, lipstick, highlighter and more — raked in almost 500 million euros in sales in its first year.
Shine bright like a diamond! Rihanna worked with jewelry giant Chopard on a limited-edition line launched during the Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by the musician’s island roots and priced from $1,460, the Rihanna Loves Chopard collection featured a linear rectangular motif with gold and “jungle green” ceramic links.
Rihanna launched her much-anticipated, size-inclusive Savage x Fenty lingerie line with a runway show at New York Fashion Week. The diverse cast of models included Duckie Thot, Bella and Gigi Hadid and pregnant catwalker Slick Woods, who gave birth immediately after the show.
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After months of speculation, it’s confirmed that Rihanna will debut her new luxury label, Fenty, with a presentation in Paris. “Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us. Mr. [LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive Bernard] Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits,” the pop icon said in a statement. “I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.” That makes more than one of us!
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