Rihanna knows how to throw a good party. The popstar has been selling out arenas for almost a decade and her annual Diamond Ball continues to be one of the hottest tickets of the year. So, it’s no surprise that when Rihanna debuted her spring/summer 2020 pieces from her Savage x Fenty lingerie line at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, it instantly became the most buzzed about show of the season. The show worked. Work work work work work worked.
Tuesday night’s fashion show marked the second time Rihanna’s Fenty brand has debuted a new line at NYFW. Details from the show are scarce ahead of its streaming premiere on Amazon Prime on September 20, but a few images and names have been dropped and we are already shook. Ain’t not party like a Rihanna party because a Rihanna party is inclusive and makes everyone feel good.
The runway at the Brooklyn Barclays Centre was dominated by a mixture of models, actors and musicians, including Rihanna, who was photographed posing in her inclusive line of leisure wear and lingerie. Models Alek Wek, Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls, actress Laverne Cox and singer Normani all walked runway, with the show featuring entertainment by DJ Khaled, Halsey, Migos, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Fabolous, Fat Joe, and Tierra Whack. The audience for the Savage x Fenty show was also star-studded, with the red carpet for the show including actors Vanessa Hudgens and Hailee Steinfeld, musicians Kacey Musgraves, Kehlani and Saweetie, and models Gigi and Bella Hadid.
The attendance of the Hadid sisters and the inclusion of Joan Smalls in Rihanna’s latest show made it difficult to ignore the glaring differences between Savage x Fenty and Victoria’s Secret, with the two lines representing the most famous lingerie fashion shows. The Hadid sisters and Smalls have walked in the Victoria’s Secret show several times, with the show being canceled this year for the first time in decades.
Victoria’s Secret has come under fire lately for its lack of diversity in representation and body size. Halsey, who performed on Tuesday at Rihanna’s show, publicly denounced the Victoria’s Secret show in 2018 just hours after performing during the telecast following comments from CEO Ed Razek saying that he wouldn’t hire a transgender model. In contrast, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty, which is available is a wide range of color options to match different skin tones and can be purchased in sizes 32A to 42H, XS to 3X, has a line-up of models that accurately reflects its clientele, even featuring two pregnant models at the brand’s previous NYFW display (model Slick Woods actually went into labour backstage at last year’s show).
In a press release for the new line shared by CNN, Rihanna said that her goal for Savage x Fenty is to make lingerie for everyone. “We want to make people look good and feel good,” said Rihanna. “We want you to feel sexy and have fun doing it.”
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