Rihanna rules the city streets in Prada.
Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez drew from their Fall 2016 collection to create this look for Rihanna--and added a little extra drama along the way. “We were riffing on the idea of control and release — of composing silhouettes through lacing and tying fabrics around the body," they explained.
The red Dior ensemble is both ladylike and totally fierce.
To create this look for Rihanna, designer Gareth Pugh used some unusual techniques. "The gold foil coat is made from emergency heat blankets," he explained. "They were cut and taped together, rather than sewn, and made into a grand opera coat, which I guess makes it feel quite post-apocalyptic or utilitarian with a definite touch of high octane glamour. It’s also inflatable (of course), so it billows in movement, which gives it this weird sculptural quality--and makes it a good day-to-night option.” The headpiece was made out of the same gold foil from the coat. “The headpiece is like the midpoint between a halo, an Egyptian sun god and some kind of medieval monarch. I had been thinking about a religious or cult figure, a high priestess, but one who is dangerous and untouchable."
The Loewe look is the fierce armor any fashionable queen needs to take on a dystopian world.
Marina Hoermanseder was inspired by 18th-century orthopedic corsets for this look. "The moulded leather body was made by hand out of tanned vegetable leather and lacquered by airbrush," she explained. "The leather body aims at giving support to the spine and enhancing the beautiful female body.”
This design came from the design sessions for this fall's "Pilgrim Series," which spoke of discovery and apocalypse within conservative ritual.
Rihanna has collaborated with Manolo Blahnik in the past--so of course the designer created a custom pair for the queen's W Magazine cover story.
Rihanna already has one Fenty x Puma collection under her belt, so it was a natural choice for her to wear a custom ensemble from the brand.