In just over 15 years, Rihanna has taken her image and vision of fashion beyond music, and with it she has been taking down deep-rooted taboos alongside designers which are household names!
Rihanna: Singer to Fashion Icon to Vanguard of Inclusivity
Rihanna’s impact goes far beyond the music world. Awarded the 2014 Fashion Icon Award by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Rihanna is a true icon with a unique and inspiring look. She has a talent to express and reinvent herself with strikingly bold silhouettes at every appearance, whether those photos are public or shared on her Instagram.
The popstar, who is very active on Instagram is pioneering contemporary fashion and has been making appearances for several seasons now at Fashion Weeks, from New York to Paris.
She sets the tone whether she is sitting in the front row or organising her own show with her brand Fenty, created with LVMH, or her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, including pregnant, plus-size and amputee models. From her first collection for Fenty, the tone is set!
Rihanna has been making waves. And the fashion houses are watching. Puma and Balmain were the first to make her their muse, however, she was the first woman of colour to represent the Dior woman under Raf Simons.
“I’ve been slowly evolving throughout the fashion world. First wearing it, buying it, being recognised for my style and then collaborating with brands. I never just wanted to put my name on something and sell my license. I’m very hands-on, so I wanted to take it slowly and gain respect as a designer…”
Rihanna has been ahead of the game on many important issues, which has helped welcome the concept of inclusivity into this industry. Furthermore, Rihanna has broken many taboos in her make-up brand by offering a make-up palette with no less than 40 shades of foundation to suit all skin types and colours! The revolution is then total…
Rihanna: Standard Bearer for Young Designers
But the star doesn’t stop there. Like a true pioneer for emerging designers, from Y/project to Coperni to Molly Goddard, while being recognised by the CFDA, Rihanna became juror of the LVMH prize, changing her style as she discovers emerging designers.
Versatile in every way, Rihanna moves from highly inspired couture MET Gala looks to edgy Bottega Veneta pieces. From the glamourous Alexandre Vauthier to the luxurious Balenciaga and Givenchy cults, Rihanna’s impact on fashion goes far beyond her own design contributions to literally inspiring designers.
Rihanna is a muse, a trailblazer, and a world-renowned reference!
Going beyond her singer status, Rihanna is a star who knows where she is going and what she wants. While pregnant, she is once again pushing fashion boundaries and opening up new conversations about style. Introducing, a new way of being a muse, revealing her pregnant tummy, particularly in a very revealing negligee at the Dior Autumn/Winter 2022 collection fashion show.