Rihanna Antoniette? It does have a certain ring to it, right?
The Bad Gal herself was on hand to show her second Fenty by Rihanna collection in collaboration with Puma today at Paris Fashion Week. And she clearly got into the French spirit, fusing Rococo flourishes with her signature Royal Riri sportif swagger.
Sure, there were mad mixes of corsetry, lace baseball caps, big pearls and bigger-still hoodies, but what saved the show from music-video costume territory were those very sellable shoes of hers.
Rihanna followed up the success of last season’s Creeper sneakers with a serrated sole platform combat sneaker — for him and her. Shower sandals and trainers in pleasing khaki and blush were done in something a shiny material resembling satin tied into oversize bows.
And stiletto sneakers made a comeback, too, this time as tall boots and mules. The pastel palette perked them right up. Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault certainly seemed content to have attached the previously fourth-fiddle athletic brand garnering the spotlight again.
The singer took her bow swathed in the shade from head to toe. She smiled and waved while making a quick round to raised iPhones, calling to mind her current hit with Calvin Harris, “This Is What You Came For.”
Click through the gallery below to see more styles from the runway.