If you haven’t gotten started on taking Rihanna’s advice to plan a watch party for Thursday’s premiere of Savage x Fenty Show: Vol. 3, well, now’s about time. The 33-year-old icon has been teasing the video documenting her latest lingerie extravaganza for weeks now—most recently in the form a confidently sultry photo captioned “my mood after handing in the final cut.” That all may sound too good to be true, but Rihanna has never been one to lie. Take it from the Navy: It’s all that’s gotten them through the agonizing years they’ve spent waiting for her to drop what she’s promised is “next-level” music without ever specifying a release date.
As usual, the show is set to take the multi-faceted form of a part-concert, part-runway performance. Just like the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows of yore, it’s also pure commercial—though even without the Rihanna factor, it’s been easy to forget as much when the musical performers include Rosalía, Bad Bunny, and Normani. The latter is back this time around, heading up a lineup that also features Nas, BIA, and Jazmine Sullivan. As for who else will be joining, the trailer that dropped on Tuesday promises an all-star cast. Rihanna is now one of just two designers who’ve ever been able to convince Lola Leon, Madonna’s elusive 24-year-old daughter, to grace their runway—or whatever you want to call the futuristic set that also plays host to Gigi Hadid, Thuso Mbedu, Troye Sivan, Emily Ratajkowski, and Precious Lee.
You can expect Rihanna to serve up more previews over the next couple of days, but the public has to wait until Thursday to get a full look. (Non-Amazon Prime subscribers, you better start asking around for passwords now.) In the meantime, you can get another sneak peek at Rih’s latest thanks to the photographer Tyrell Hampton, who headed behind the scenes to capture the exclusive images below.
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