Rihanna Closes NYFW With a Bang

 

It’s NYFW tradition that Marc Jacobs’ show closes the entire week—often with a bang. This year, however, Rihanna crashed the party. The iconic pop singer presented her Savage x Fenty lingerie collection on the last evening of the show, causing some to whisper about designer drama. Conversation quickly turned to the collection itself, however, once the crowd got an eyeful of the ruffled bustiers and daring sets on display. What’s more, the runway featured models of many different sizes and ethnicities, from Gigi Hadid to Paloma Elsesser and a pregnant Slick Woods. Never one to blend into the crowd, Rihanna’s “bad-gal flavor” directed the conversation to gender and race standards rather than hemlines and accessories.

For Further Reading:

Interested in knowing more about Rihanna’s latest design work? See her interview with the New York Times.

 

Discussion Question:

A lot of people are saying that Rihanna’s show was the “anti-angels” version of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. How do you feel about the fact that critics are hailing a collection of lingerie as the epitome of empowerment?  

 

Action Item:

If you’re interested in keeping up with Fashion Month, make an effort to follow the designers calling out major societal issues with their work. Case in point: Vivienne Westwood, an iconic British designer known for her punk style, just launched a gender-free collection.


 

 

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