Este articulo me gusto mucho porque aparte de que soy fan de Rihanna y siento que es de las personas más originales en el mundo del espectáculo. Creo que ella es una de las trend setters y de las personas que comentábamos en clase que hacen que las cosas se pongan de moda.
“Phresh Out the Runway”: Rihanna’s River Island Collaboration
by Lynn Yaeger
Although the background music would make even the earthiest Shazam app blush—nonstop F-bombs, plus a whole lot of deeply divisive B- and even N-words—a number of the outfits inRihanna’s collaboration with the British high street company River Island are surprisingly demure. Sure, there are slashed-to-there skirts and midriff tops, and leather trucker hats decorated with rows of huge fake jewels, as if Nancy Cunard was a slacker with a job at a video store, and even a sort of jumpsuit-boiler suit with peek-a-boo rear action that recalls the pajamas of Dennis the Menace, and which Rihanna describes as perfect for going out to dinner and to wear on a plane (a private aircraft, one assumes). But there are also pretty long sheer floral print dresses, and a jaunty gray baseball jacket with white leather sleeves, and a pair of jeans cleverly constructed to look like they have been layered over another pair.
As she walks members of the press through the collection, the star is delightfully modest and unassuming. She is wearing a very small black dress held together with strings at the back, and when she raises her right arm, you catch a glimpse of a tattooed pistol. Rihanna says while she worked on the clothes she was reminding herself, Keep it simple, don’t overthink it—and then allows that this credo nevertheless left room for plenty of transparent fabrics, “and I do like my slits!” When she suspects that something might be a bit too revealing, she is thoughtful, supplying a black bra to wear under, say, a filmy dress with an abbreviated top. “I wanted to make the complete look!” she says, “But I still wanted to get a little skin in there.”
Rihanna began her relationship with River Island, a British company that has been around for more than a half century, a year ago. (The collection, meant for spring-summer, will be available in March at Opening Ceremony.) Ben Lewis, the founder’s son and current CEO, says his team met with Rihanna constantly, discussing virtually every seam and stitch. He believes that Rihanna thinks like a designer—“She has very clear opinions, and she knows what she likes.”
The show itself, which begins a mere one hour late (practically early in music-business time) eschews a catwalk in favor of a metal scaffolding affair that brings to mind the set of Rent. On platforms of various heights, the models stand and pose, looking tough and broody; the audience, which, like so many London fashion show crowds, puts other cities to shame with the wild exuberance of its own costumes, is beyond enthusiastic. Or maybe they are also excited that after showing these sexy, affordable clothes, Rihanna has invited everybody to hang around and party, and the champagne is already flowing as the lights come up.