Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Will Make Its Runway Debut At NYFW

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Fashion Month is almost here!

And you know what that means? All of our favorite brands will be hitting the runway, with everything kicking off in New York in just a few short weeks. This season, Rihanna will be joining the NYFW lineup, with her new lingerie brand, Savage x Fenty making its runway debut.

 

 

Of course, Rih is no stranger to the fashion fanfare. Before launching Fenty x Puma, which she presented during NYFW and PFW ahead of the brand’s current hiatus, she sat front row at shows for everyone from Yeezy to Alexander Wang. But the inclusive lingerie label she announced last spring hit stores earlier this summer, following a series of viral Instagram ads featuring influencers of all sizes and colors. Hopefully Rihanna will maintain the brand’s focus on diversity and ethos of empowerment for their first runway show.

 

 

As of now, not much is known about the presentation, other than that it will take place on September 12 in New York City, and that it won’t be just like any other fashion show. Rih described the event as an “immersive experience.”

 

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There’s one thing we do know, though: Rihanna definitely doesn’t like to follow convention. When she released the Savage x Fenty line in May, she even included a set of handcuffs as part of the collection. So, whatever she does on the runway this Fall, we know it’ll be lit AF.

 

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All the Best, Worst & Most WTF Moments from This Year’s Met Gala

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So, last night was the Met Gala. What used to be just an event to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, has become one the biggest night’s in fashion. That means lots of amazing gowns, horrible looks and tons of WTF moments. This year, we put together a list of all three.

 

First, for the night’s best moments:

 

SZA in Versace and Chris Habana head piece and jewelry

 

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For her first Met Gala, SZA paired pastel Versace with BlackBook favorite Chris Habana head wear and jewelry. Literally heavenly.

 

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

 

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Coming off of her double feature “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” video premiere last week, we had high hopes for Nicki. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint. In a red and black Oscar de la Renta gown, the rapper told photographers she interpreted the theme by dressing as “the devil.” If Lucifer looks like this good, consider us Satanist.

 

Rihanna in custom Maison Martin Margiela by John Galliano and Maria Tash and Cartier jewelry

 

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Seriously, bow down. Rihanna’s custom Margiela by John Galliano ‘fit wasn’t just a look — it was a moment. And after last night, Queen Rih has just become The Pope.

 

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry

 

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I usually find Kate Bosworth pretty boring — and I’m not just talking about her acting. But this Oscar de la Renta look was practically perfect. The gold, white, train and veil combo makes me not want to fight with my boyfriend long enough to actually get married.

 

Cardi B in Moschino

 

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Sorry Bey, there’s a new queen in town and her name is Cardi B. The “Bartier Cardi” singer looked like The Virgin Mary in her Moshino gown and headpiece, baby bump and all.

 

Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung, Tasaki jewelry and a Philip Treacy x Tasaki headpiece

 

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Diane Kruger gets our vote for best dressed for the night. Her Prabal Gurun gown may not have been totally on-theme, but the entire look was a religious experience.

 

Solange in Iris Van Herpen and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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Solange’s Iris Van Herpen dress was our other favorite look of the night. The total opposite of Diane Kruger’s sweet blue dress and train, this look was like a sexy bondage Medusa moment that made me a full believer. Okay, that was the last religious pun, I promise.

 

Lily Collins in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

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To be honest, I don’t really know who Lily Collins is. I think she’s a model-turned-actress. But really, aren’t they all? Either way, I don’t really care who she is, because her Givenchy Haute Couture dress and avant-garde makeup were absolutely stunning.

 

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

 

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Jared Leto looked absolutely ridiculous in his overdone Gucci look, but Lana Del Rey pulled her’s off perfectly. Though, that’s partly because she always kind of looks like she’s in costume.

 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

 

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I didn’t see Priyanka Chopra on enough “Best Dressed” lists today. Her velvet Ralph Lauren look gave me serious Joan of Arc vibes — in a good way.

 

And now for the worst. It’s actually kind of sad when celebrities get it this wrong. For one thing, they’re paying stylists a ton of money to fuck them onto the “Worst Dressed List.” But also, you can tell when they’re posing on the red carpet that they think they totally nailed it. Sorry, guys. Better luck next time.

 

Mary J. Blige in Versace

 

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Let me start this by saying I really do love Mary J. Blige. But the girl’s a serious fashion victim. I honestly can’t remember one time I thought she didn’t look ridiculous. I mean, Mary J. loves herself a fedora. And remember the “Family Affair” video? Just tragic. Last night, she tried to amp things up with a Versace gown, but just looked like a kind of sloppy Greek goddess.

 

The Olsen Twins in vintage Paco Rabanne

 

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It honestly baffles me how I spent so many years worshiping the Olsen Twins. I used to seriously — and I mean this in a literal way — take notes during their shows and straight-to-VHS movies, trying to outline how to dress as cool as them. Of course, Mary-Kate spawned the whole bohobo thing, which I readily adopted for a few seconds. But that was like, 2006, and now, the whole oversized thing with way too much jewelry is just kind of depressing.

 

Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture and Bulgari jewelry

 

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We have to forgive Cara Delevingne for this look, because she clearly couldn’t see herself in the mirror with that headdress. The Dior Haute Couture gown looked like a giant fishnet stocking.

 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

 

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Oh, and about those fishnet stockings — apparently, Madonna also got the memo. The sad part is, this look actually could’ve been good if it weren’t for its entire top half. Though, she gets some points for her crown — it was epic.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Fischer jewelry

 

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At least no can ever say that Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t go for it. Out of every celebrity, she always leans fully in to the Met Gala’s theme. Unfortunately, this year, it didn’t do her any favors.

 

But of course, for all the good and bad looks this year, there were also a few WTF moments. I mean, what’s a celebrity event without a nip slip or some self-aggrandizing? I’m looking at you, Jaden.

 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

 

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I actually wanted to like Frances McDormand’s Valentino look, if only for the fact that when a reporter asked her about the religious theme, she replied, “I’m a pagan.” But alas, it wasn’t enough to make up for this trainwreck. I will say, though, if I had to imagine what a pagan high fashion look would be, it wouldn’t be too far from this.

Katy Perry in Versace

 

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I’m not sure if this is a real WTF moment, it’s just bad — and really big.

 

Kim Kardashian in custom Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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This one’s a WTF for a different reason. See, I actually liked Kim Kardashian’s Versace dress, but I feel like it was kind of understated — at least, for the Kardashian-West clan. With the religious theme and everything, I figured Kimye would show up decked out in t-shirts with their faces screenprinted on them. “No, you’re brilliant Kanye,” “No you are Kim.” Ah, what a love story.

 

Grimes in who cares because she’s dating Elon Musk?

 

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I know. What? Grimes showed up in a sloppy dress and those platform Marc Jacobs shoes we’ve already seen everywhere for like, two seasons. But for someone who prides herself on being weird, the weirdest thing she’s ever done was show up to the Met Gala with Elon Musk, only to reveal that they two are actually dating.

 

Last but not least: Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton and carrying his own gold record

 

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I really didn’t think Jaden Smith would go this far. Oh wait, yes I did. The singer showed up wearing Louis Vuitton and holding his own gold record. We get it, bro. You’re super smart and way too philosophical for the rest of us pesky humans. But even Kanye isn’t this blatant.

Oh well, at least we have awhile until we have to see what Jaden Smith will wear next year.

 

10 Unforgettable Met Gala Moments Throughout the Years

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Cher at the 1974 Met Gala in custom Bob Mackie; photo courtesy Ron Galella/WireImage

 

Today is the Met Gala — but you already knew that. With this year’s theme as “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” we’re anticipating a lot of vintage McQueen, probably some Gaultier, and of course, a hell of a lot of Dolce & Gabbana.

So, to prepare, we’ve put together a list of of the 10 most memorable past Met Gala moments.

 

Rihanna in Guo Pei

 

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You can’t have a Met Gala roundup without mentioning Rihanna’s infamous dress from 2015. That year, the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and Rih chose Chinese designer Guo Pei for her look. The handmade gown took over 2 years for the designer to make and instantly made her go viral. In fact, there’s currently a new documentary that highlights Pei’s impressive career.

 

Rihanna, again, in Comme des Garçons

 

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Queen Rih also made the list because of her Comme des Garçons F/W ’16 look for the Met Gala last year. The theme actually was Comme des Garçons and Rih was one of the only people who actually wore something by Kawakubo — partly, I think, because she’s one of the only people who could really pull it off.

 

Cher in Bob Mackie

 

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Cher always looks iconic. But it was this custom Bob Mackie gown at the third annnual Met Ball, that set the tone for it to be one of the most fashionable nights of the year. The theme was “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design,” so the singer essentially could’ve shown up naked and — oh wait, she basically did.

 

Katy Perry in Maison Martin Margiela

 

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Who could forget Katy Perry’s look from last year’s Met Gala? I know she can’t, because she still talks about how hard it was for her to pee. But beauty is pain, ladies and gentlemen — especially in custom Maison Martin Margiela (that looked suspiciously like Givenchy F/W ’17).

 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

 

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“Anglomania” was the theme in 2006, and Sarah Jessica Parker went full on with the plaid, natch. On the arm of Alexander McQueen, the duo wore custom “Anarchy in the U.K.”-inspired looks by the designer, himself.

 

Lil Kim in god knows what

 

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No one ever really knows what Lil Kim is wearing, and the 1999 Met Gala was no exception. The Hard Core rapper opted for a pink fur trench, pink snakeskin boots and a pink bikini — and no, the theme was not “pink.”

 

Kate Moss in custom Marc Jacobs and a Stephen Jones turban

 

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In 2009, Kate Moss looked the total part for the Met Gala’s “Model As Muse” in a custom Marc Jacobs gold lamĂ© mini, YSL pumps and Stephen Jones turban.

 

Liv Tyler & Stella McCartney in matching halter tops

 

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Sure, the Met Gala wasn’t as big of a deal fashion-wise in 1999 as it now. But halter tops? Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney, you both know better. Still, the duo really leaned in to the “Rock Style” theme with matching “Rock Royalty” tank tops.

 

Donatella Versace in Versace

 

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Donatella’s leather Versace look for the 1996 Met Gala was iconic for a couple of reasons: Sadly, this would be Gianni’s last Gala before his death, but also the debut of his bondage-inspired style that would become a trademark for the legendary brand.

 

Jaden Smith and his ponytail in Louis Vuitton

 

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Last but not least, Jaden Smith at last year’s Gala. Yes, the theme was Comme des Garçons, and sure, Rei Kawakubo is known for getting a little avant-garde sometimes. But Jaden Smith took things to a whole different level when he showed up on the red carpet in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, carrying his recently cut dread locks.

 

Fingers crossed he — and everyone else — leaves the gross accessories at home tonight. Though, the theme is Catholicism, so I’m guessing this year’s top trapping will be guilt.

 

Rihanna Raps on the N.E.R.D. Comeback Track ‘Lemon’

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She wants to rap. In some rare good news lately, Pharrell Williams has revived his hip-hop group N.E.R.D., and recruited Rihanna for the already iconic new song “Lemon.” Why iconic, you say? Two words: Rihanna rapping.

That’s right, girls. Three sweet, sweet minutes of Pharrell and Rihanna trading verses that are actually really good. The track is a bouncy, joyous bop with an equally iconic music video that would’ve fit in the mid 2000s, when N.E.R.D. was making all your favorite jams.

In the video, Rihanna shaves a woman’s head looking glam as hell and, later, a camera follows the woman as she lets loose in some sort of neon-lit indoor market – which would probably be our reaction to getting a haircut from Rihanna, too.

Watch and listen to Rihanna’s fiery verse below.

 

Watch Rihanna Advocate for Education in New Malawi Documentary

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Rihanna’s organization benefitting youth education, the Clara Lionel Foundation, is working with a bike-sharing group called ofo to provide bikes and scholarships to young girls in Malawi.

“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with Ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” said Rihanna in a statement.

The partnership between the two organizations is called 1 KM Action, and will give scholarships, as well as bikes, to girls attending secondary school in Malawi. Tragically, there are 4.6 million students attending primary school in the country, but only 8% of those complete secondary school, and the fraction is much smaller for women.

Ofo is also bringing 1 KM Action to China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica, offering scholarships to students attending 4-year institutions in the United States.

Rihanna has spent a good deal of time advocating for education in Malawi in the past – she won Harvard’s Humanitarian Award this year and in June posted this to Instagram:

Wear Rihanna’s Face on These Hand-Painted Swimsuits

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You can now fulfill your dream of splashing around in the ocean while covered in Rihanna’s face. The London-based painter Ibiye Camp has created a new line of summer swimsuits that feature the faces of Sade, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, and Beyoncé, among other divas.

The designer already won us over with her beautiful paintings of everyone from Frida Khalo and FKA Twigs to Supreme Court OG Ruther Bader Ginsburg and the Solange jeans you saw in Sampha’s Process video. Now, we’re fully gagged over the one-piece swim gear we’ll be wearing as we sip margaritas and get sand in our cheeks.

If queens of the music scene aren’t your style, she’s also created a line of swimsuits, T-shirts, and bandanas based on the U.K. garage collective So Solid Crew to keep you looking hot for the summer.  Head over to her online shop to check out the full collection and try not to max out your credit card.

Rihanna’s Final Collaboration With Manolo Blahnik is Called ‘So Stoned,’ And It’s In ‘Wild Thoughts’

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Rihanna has announced her third and final collaboration with famed footwear designer (and Carrie Bradshaw fave) Manolo Blahnik: a collection of four jewel-encrusted sandals aptly titled “So Stoned,” one of which appears in the “Wild Thoughts” music video.

Rihanna’s previous lines with Blahnik include “Denim Desserts,” a collection of six denim-and-sequin heels, and “Savage,” an array of furry thigh-high winter heels.

So Stoned features a short-heeled sandal named “Spice”:

Two stilleto-heeled mules, “Bajan Princess” and “Purple Chalice”:

And, of course, the “Poison Ivy,” as seen in “Wild Thoughts”:

The price range goes from “Spice”‘s sensible $1,265 to “Poison Ivy”‘s $2,325.

“I enjoy everything about Manolo,” Rihanna said to Footwear News. “He is such an incredible human being. He’s so fun to work with, and I was blessed with the opportunity to see him create from scratch. He’s so passionate about what he does, and it makes it so worth it when you buy or wear a pair of his shoes because you know what went into it.”

The strappy gladiator dream isn’t the only fashion that caught our eye in “Wild Thoughts” – RiRi also wore such gems as Balenciaga’s signature thigh-high spandex heels and a divine off-the-shoulder Alberta Ferreti number.

Watch DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller’s Sultry New Video

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Have you ever watched a video so steamy it made your laptop short circuit? No, we’re not writing this in line at the Apple store but if we were, we’d have to explain how DJ Khaled’s new video for “Wild Thoughts” made us sweat through our shirts and break our computer.

The sultry song from his upcoming debut album Grateful premiered today and features Rihanna and Bryson Tiller glistening with sweat and singing about sex in a way that has us convulsing with desire. Seriously, watch it and understand that there is nothing more erotic than Rihanna looking the best she’s ever looked and stalking around in a neon hued outfit while she sings about the wild thoughts she’s having.

The single follows Khaled’s astronomically popular “I’m The One,” which featured Quavo, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne and became stuck in your head for weeks. That track debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 100 and went platinum and while that sounds like a difficult bar to exceed, we have a feeling Rihanna is going to lead “Wild Thoughts” to world domination. Now, if you need us, we’ll be taking a cold shower.

Watch Rihanna Teach Kids in Malawi For New Doc

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You can always count on Rihanna to show up, shut down everything, and make you reconsider what you’re doing with your life. When the music icon isn’t busy slaying the Met Gala or starring in the female-centric Oceans 13, she’s heading to Malawi to save the world.

Rihanna just dropped a new short film as part of her ongoing campaign to raise awareness for education funding in developing countries that focuses on her January trip to Malawi. Together with The Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen, the singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation visited Muzu, a school in one of the poorest countries in the world. In Malawi, half of the population lives below the poverty line and daily income averages out to 90 cents a day.

In the doc, she’s seen teaching a math class, cheering on a girls’ rugby team, and observing the problems facing the kids who attend the school: a single teacher for up to 100 students; 26 kilometer treks to get to and from school; limited resources; HIV/AIDS; arranged marriages; and more. “It takes away the sense that you’ve got control over your destiny,” notes Angeline Murimirwa, the regional executive director of Camfed.

Although 70-75 percent of students in the country get into primary school, only 8 percent make it to secondary school. “It’s such a pity that they have to drop out because they are so smart, and everybody is learning together and learning at the same pace it seems,” she observes. “It’s sad that… that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete.”

For Rihanna, the Malawi trip is one of many humanitarian missions she’s embarked on lately. The ANTI singer has also founded a scholarship program for Carribean students to attend U.S. colleges, done work on education in over 60 developing countries, and, in February, was chosen by Harvard University as the recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work.

Watch the film and then head to Global Citizen to learn how you can lobby your government to increase their education budgets and funding to the Global Partnership for Education to help it reach $3.1B between 2018 and 2020.