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Rihanna’s Fenty for Puma Collection Hits NYFW

The fashion-forward pop star closes out Day 2 with a sporty, gothic romp

BY KATHARINE K. ZARRELLA

NEWS  -  FEBRUARY 14

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Naomi Campbell took her seat next to Edward Enniful just before Rihanna’s first model hit the runway. Wearing a floor length white fur coat, she certainly made an entrance. But all eyes shifted to the catwalk moments after, as Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma collection debuted on a mirrored stage to much fanfare. The clothes here had a distinct gothic feel, and blended the aesthetics of Alexander Wang, Hood by Air, and Vetements. In a palette of black, white, and grey, the lineup boasted vampy streetwear like oversized faux fur jackets, second skin jumpsuits, oversized hoodies, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts, bodysuits, and t-shirts, some of which were cinched with corsets. Laces were employed on bodycon dresses and over-the-knee trainer boots. Speaking of footwear, the pop star’s stiletto sneakers, reminiscent of styles we saw in the early 2000s, caused quite the buzz amongst the fashion set. The collection was covetable, wearable, and most importantly, very Rihanna. One could see her wearing every piece, and she even took her bow in one of her faux fur jackets. No doubt this collection will sell well—and it had fashion folk like Jeremy Scott smiling after models including Gigi and Bella Hadid and Ruth Bell donned it on the runway. But is Rihanna a designer? Not really. She’s a fashionable young woman with her finger on the pulse and a penchant for setting trends. But where Rihanna differs from someone like, oh, say, Kanye West, is that she presented a collaborative collection and didn’t make it about her. She came out at the end of the show, waved, and headed backstage. Did the collection she oversaw revolutionize fashion? No. But it was a welcomed injection of brief star-studded fun at the end of a long day of shows.

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