In an event like the New York Fashion Week, it would take a lot to truly stand out from the rest. It’s presentation after presentation for a span of a week, and the schedule is filled with acclaimed talents. But to conclude the whole event and still generate the most buzz, well, that’s saying something. And yet, Rihanna and her Savage x Fenty show truly put a powerful and memorable presentation that really deserves all the attention and the praise it received.
We missed Rihanna last season but she’s back with a vengeance for Savage x Fenty at the New York Fashion Week. When the collection is translated to the runway, no one knew until then that it could result in such a moving and empowering presentation. It also proved another thing: Rihanna can always deliver—and as we’ve seen, that extends to the the New York Fashion Week as well.
For a night, Rihanna created a tropical paradise out of an empty space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where out came undie-clad babes reveling in the space especially made for them. The women are of different shapes, colors and sizes, dancing as choreographed by Parris Goebbel and strutting with full sexy mode on. The pieces varied as well, as we’ve been presented with nudes, florals, foliage, blacks, silk, sheer and animal prints.
Savage x Fenty first made headlines for being both a Rihanna-led line as well as a lingerie company where woman of all shapes and sizes can fit in—and that’s just not lip service. The collection was fun, full of prints and styles that are not new but are still playful, oozing with with sexiness and coming in full sizing. The petite and the voluptuous, and everything between and beyond, are served by the brand. Anyone following the brand would be unsurprised yet still amazed at how the show went, especially when noting how such an idea could still sound foreign because we’re used to seeing women with similar body types strutting around in lingerie.
The fashion show stays true to the line’s claim of inclusivity and diversity. But instead of the lingerie taking center stage, it was the women wearing them who were truly champions of the event. It can only be described as a celebration of womanhood regardless of ethnicity and size, but seeing them represented on Rihanna’s catwalk anyway. Watching different brands of sexy against a theatrical backdrop goes beyond purposes of selling lingerie.
Image credits: Getty / Kevin Mazur / JP Yim / Ilya S. Savenok / Brian Ach
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