Fenty x Puma by Rihanna: ethnically diverse and exuberant

The pop star is constructing inroads in fashion with an impressive present blending motocross stunts and colorful surf aesthetics

It takes a lot to get the way crowd properly revved up at a catwalk reveal, but Rihanna pulled it off at her Fenty x Puma show in New York on Sunday night.

It wasn’t the clothes that had the style press on the edge of their seats as much as the preamble, during which a squad of motocross stunt musicians vroomed up ramps and were propelled into the air to perform somersaults, flips and other apparently impossible tricks. The striking decide, which comprised towering spot-lit dunes of glittering pink sand, added to the drama.

The collection featured an abundance of swimming suits. Photo: Randy Brooke/ Getty Images for Fenty X Puma By Rihanna

Death-defying stunts are a tough act to follow, but the models maintained the energy high when they strode onto the runway. The cast included the gap-toothed, shaven-headed Slick Woods, who demonstrated the various kinds of personality that is all too often deterred in models by dancing and waving her limb around as she stomped to the booming music.

There were cycling shorts and wader-like overalls, bum bags, zip-up tops, wetsuits, high-heeled Puma-branded flip-flops and thigh-high boots which looked somewhere between Pretty Woman and a pair of galoshes.

The catwalk included extravagant thigh-high boots. Photograph: Rodin Banica // WWD/ REX/ Shutterstock

There was a preponderance of swimming suits confirming one of the oddest microtrends from New York way week so far: that of wearing swimsuits with very high-cut legs beneath shorts and skirts, with a few inches of bare skin left visible at the hip.

Logos ran down limbs and across chests, many of them saying ” since 1988″ which- as might be guessed- is the year Rihanna was born.

The pop star said in a statement the clothes were” a mix between two worlds: motocross and surf. It was a challenge to bringing them together but it objective up being the perfect combination .”

Rihanna is one of a handful of celebrities with huge social media followings building inroads in fashion( find also Beyonce, Kanye West and Justin Bieber) while traditional entertainment industry revenues decline.

Whatever you think about that changes, in terms of representation, Rihanna is surely a force-out for good. Not only were the models at the demonstrate ethnically diverse and exuberant but, on the preceding Friday, she launched her own beauty line, which, with 40 tints of foundation, is once of the most inclusive beauty ranges ever.

Rihanna also knows how to make an exit. At the end of the show, rather than the customary bow, she appeared, resplendent in retina-searing green, and did a lap of honour on the back of a motorbike.

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