Just a moment of appreciation for the goddess of fashion that is Rihanna.
I, myself, am not even sure of the true intentions behind me writing this article; is it really a fashion article or did I just want to write a Rihanna- appreciation post? However after seeing her at the Met Gala 2017 and after realising that year after year she is one of the only attendants who absolutely nails the theme (this year’s theme being Comme Des Garcons), I felt like the article had to be done.
It is a bold statement, but I feel as though Rih has been one of, if not the, most influential female style icons of our time. Here in the UK, and every country which I’ve visited in the last five years or so, I have seen her influence on the way many girls dress. Her self expression through her clothes is encouraging young girls everywhere not to restrict themselves in what they wear; she’s showing us that you can pair a tracksuit with heels and still look amazing, and that triple, even quadruple denim, can look cool after all.
Rihanna’s wardrobe has had its own journey throughout the years and she has been through dozens of phases like the rest of us. Back in 2005 her wardrobe seemed to consist mostly of crop-tops, Island bright colours and baggy jeans. Later on, around the time of her album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ she switched to more daring pieces, with the use of various tartans, leather, lace and bondage. Not saying I would wear such outfits now, but at the time they were very influential and I feel encouraged many of us to wear whatever we want as opposed to sticking to what every other girl in our school, college etc was wearing.
After having experimented with many many looks (as well as many many haircuts and colours, from a mohican to that bright ‘Rihanna red’ hair), I feel it was around 2013/2014 that she finally found a style which she began to loosely stick to. Emphasis on loosely: since then her style has still been constantly evolving and she’s still been (pleasantly) surprising us on a regular basis. Rih’s staple pieces within the last few years have included a lot of slip dresses, sandal heels, furs, lots and lots of denim, platformed shoes and sportswear (a lot of tracksuits, hoodies, puffer jackets and so on). Personal highlights of mine include her orange reverse camo trousers, white Balenciaga shawl, the all-pink outfit complete with pink fur coat, and this off-the-shoulder shirt thing she has been wearing recently (basically I have a lot of personal highlights).
Her daytime outfits tend to ingeniously combine streetwear with classy and elegant pieces, but somehow in a way that still makes sense and doesn’t look like she’s confused as to where it is that she’s going. Rih has a style that I feel many girls can incorporate parts of, and feel inspired by, while still being themselves and making the look their own. I think this is so important seeing as self expression is such an important part of fashion. There is really no point in wearing something if you’re not being you and you’re not having fun with it.
Aside from being such an icon in fashion and the muse of many, she has in more recent years even created her Puma x Fenty brand, boosting Puma’s sales across the world. The brand has put out some amazing pieces and reflects well the way in which she incorporates streetwear with typically elegant and feminine clothing. With every collection Puma x Fenty puts out, I like it more and more and I’m in love with the most recent Fall 2017 collection which is heavily sportswear-based and features a lot of bright colours and varsity-style clothing which was put together amazingly on the runway. It also features a fellow Brit who happens to be one of my favourite models, Leomie Anderson. Check the looks out if you haven’t already, and keep appreciating and cherishing Bad Gal Riri.