Last year, Rihanna debuted her first solo fashion show for “Savage X Fenty” – her lingerie line that focuses on inclusion. It was hard to say just how inclusive the line could be, but per usual, the artist kept her word. Models of various sizes from 36A to 44DD, we’re able to strut the runway surrounded by beautiful greenery. In fact, the whole show left the industry in awe. However, the pressures of last years success didn’t seem to effect Rihanna during this years NYFW.
Rihanna released last week that her show would debut on Amazon Prime Video. This meant that fans would be able to experience her work from beginning to end through her direct vision. The show was aired on September 20th and exceeded anyone’s expectation.
First, fans go to view all the behind the scenes work before the show. Rihanna appears to be in a board meeting discussing every aspect to execute the show. We see members of the team Alex Rudzinski, Keith Baptista, Jennifer Rosales and Jihye Song talk the logistics of the show. It seems that they all were worried about timing but had faith in Rihanna’s vision since they’ve all worked with her previously.
“I think we should think of it as a fashion musicial, you know,” Rihanna tells the team. “There are the dancers and then there are the actors.”
Viewers also got to hear from the models and how they felt about the lingerie overall. Not only did they speak on the products, but how they felt the products connected to them as individuals.
Model, Shea, said “There’s so much difference and uniqueness within the line that I think represents different sides of me.”
The build on anticipation finally paid off with the viewing of the actual fashion show. Rihanna stood in the center of several dancers to open the show. As she moved, her voice came through on the music track as well.
Make up artist and model Raisa Flowers was the first to walk out in a sheer jump with the glistening of what looked to be Fenty Beauty’s Body Lava. During all of this, dancers were used to transition between each model and each look. Gigi Hadid sported the same sheer material with a body suit and long gloves. Hadid walked up the steps and met rapper, Big Sean where he gave us a performance of an old classic “Clique,” and new single “Bezerk” with A$AP Ferg.
This performance was followed with more dancers. It’s critical to note how Rihanna extended the ideal of inclusivity with the dancers as well. They, too, had different shapes and wore various styles. Amongst this scene, Jade Chynoweth was seen dancing. Next, 21 Savage and Isis King walked out with red designs. To top it off, Laverne Cox graced the show with her flips and kicks while in an all look.
Rap group, Migos, came out and performed “Purewater,” which was followed by more intense dancing. The dancers kept the energy up and were soon by upcoming soloist Normani. She wore a set that was covered in more sheer and a kissy-lipped pattern. More sexual appeal was brought in with Christian Combs, a rapper and son of P. Diddy.
The consistency of the dance breaks continued into the third artist, Halsey. She song “Graveyard” in a lace robe. During her performance, Jade Chynoweth joined the stage again. The two women danced in sync, while Halsey song the chorus again.
So far, the collection consisted of reds, blacks, and occasional light blues. Now, Bella Hadid came out in a vibrant yellow set. This introduced following models who wore teals and purples that were just as vibrant.
The final act came from several artist. First, DJ Khaled started with his classic hit, “All I Do Is Wim.” Fat Joe joined him for “All the Way Up.” As if this duo wasn’t enough, Tierra Whack added to the list of artists. She rapped “CLONES” with the men hyping her up. Finally, Brooklyn’s own, Fabolous brought an end to the music with “You Be Killin’ Em.”
The end of show came near, but not without another dance break. This time dancers had ribbons that added to the visual effects even more. The models did their final walk and poses. Rihanna then walked out to receive a final applause.