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Runway Realway: Rihanna

By Dori Gray

It is no secret that Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the mononymous, multi-hyphenate more commonly known as Rihanna, is a powerhouse. An accomplished singer, actor, and businesswoman, Forbes reported in August that she is worth an estimated $1.7 billion, “making her the wealthiest female musician in the world and second only to Oprah Winfrey as the richest female entertainer.” Her Fenty empire is the cause of much of that wealth. Before there was Fenty Beauty, Savage X Fenty, Fenty, and Fenty Skin, there was Fenty x Puma. 

Fenty x Puma was a collaboration with Rihanna and the sportswear brand Puma. In 2014, Rihanna became the creative director of Puma, according to SHOWstudio, and the team released four runway collections together in total. Fenty x Puma’s first collection debuted in fall 2016, and its last was in spring 2018. Though Fenty x Puma’s era has passed, the style the line exhibited certainly has not. Take, for example, the fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection.

It was a new take on back-to-school fashion where plaid prints, knits, and puffer jackets ruled. The theme graduated from grunge, to preppy, to sporty, and to gothic as the models walked down a runway designed to look like an extra-long desktop.

“I had never gotten the chance to dress up in school; I always had to wear uniforms,” said Rihanna, explaining the collection’s inspiration to Vogue. “So, it was always like a little fantasy of mine to have the freedom.” 

Rihanna was beyond ahead of her time with the fall 2017 collection; the layering, textile and pattern mixing, silhouette varieties, and color schemes were all very current. One look consisted of an oversized, cropped crewneck over a turtleneck of similar length, biker shorts with lace-up side detailing, and knee-high, pointed-toe sock heels.

When dressing like a Fenty University student, coordinating layers are the move. With a color scheme of blue, green, and grey in mind, try starting with a loose-fitting, cropped hoodie and plaid boxer shorts. Then, layer with either a plaid minidress or wide-legged leisure pants sat low on the hips. Complete with chunky sneakers and a hat and/or a puffer jacket of choice. Fenty x Puma’s fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection had something for everyone, with Rihanna’s signature bad gal flavor running throughout.

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