7 Bad Gal Takeaways From NYFW
Fresh from her Fenty Beauty launch at New York Fashion Week, anticipation surrounding Rihanna’s latest collaborative collection with Puma was high. From the millennial-pink mountain range set to the motocross mania and day-glow make-up, here are the seven things to note from the high-octane show.
The Front Row
Alongside Rihanna's fellow artists Cardi B and Diplo, Whoopi Goldberg took a front row-view of the motorcross spectacle. Just as the model line-up was a celebration of diversity, the FROW proved that when it comes to wearing Fenty x Puma, everyone looks sassy. Shout out to Goldberg's socks too.
The Millennial Mountains
Pastel peaks of sand erupted from the floor of the Park Avenue Armory, as Rihanna staged her Fenty spring/summer 2018 show against a millennial-pink mountain range. Motorcyclists zoomed from glitter-strewn piste to piste, and got fashion editors G-ed up about the fast and furious show.
The Motorcross Mania
RiRi eschewed the traditional designer post-show wave and bow in favour of a victory lap on the back of a motorbike – tongue out, hand above head in the gutsy “rock on” signal. There’s a reason why the popstar-turned-designer’s Instagram handle is “badgalriri”, and Sunday night she reasserted that when she goes to werk, she’s the boss.
The Model Line-Up
Slick Woods – the LA-born model who has walked every Fenty show and stars in the new Fenty make-up campaign – joined a blockbuster line-up of models including Joan Smalls, Duckie Thot, Adriana Lima and Stella Maxwell. “I’m just gonna say this how Rihanna would say it,” 17-year-old beauty Selena Forrest told British Vogue as she came off the runway. “I felt like a bad bitch! The adrenaline before the show, the bikes, the vroom-vroom… It. Riled. Me. Up.”
The scuba-meets-surfer streetwear - and the hip cleavage induced by those high-rise swimsuits - certainly made an impact, but there was plenty of above-the-neck action too. Using the designer’s newly launched Fenty Beauty line exclusively, make-up artist James Kaliardo gave models some serious cheek shimmer. The secret to that day-glow? The Trophy Wife highlighter, which happens to be RiRi’s favourite Fenty product, naturally.
Stiletto-heeled flip flops? No problem for Rihanna’s crew who sauntered around the pink sand dunes in rubber heels in a variety of hues. Beachwear never looked so fab-u-lous.
Cut to the after-party and Rihanna showed off outfit number two from her spring/summer 2018 line: a high-vis pink tracksuit, turquoise crop top and mesh knickers. As Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful said after the show, "Every single look you see on the runway you can see her wearing. It comes from her, and that’s what people respond so well to.” Letting loose with Kaia Gerber and Stella Maxwell at the post-catwalk party, the pink lady proved him right.