Rihanna vrooming on the runway in style

Rihanna’s Fenty for Puma Spring/Summer 2018 collection includes track pants and maillots.
Rihanna’s Fenty for Puma Spring/Summer 2018 collection includes track pants and maillots.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • A year ago, singer Rihanna took her fashion line Fenty x Puma, only in its second season, to Paris - perhaps in search of some design legitimacy.

Whatever the reason, she had a surprisingly successful run (surprising because when her fellow musician-cum-designer Kanye West did the same, it did not go so well; France has a healthy scepticism of the celebrity style arriviste), and on Sunday night she rode that success back into New York, literally.

Three freestyle motocross racers somersaulted their way over giant mounds of sparkly pink sand to start her show, which was a celebration of extreme sports clothes. Vroom. Okay, subtle she is not.

The sporty collection included scuba suits, bike shorts, track pants, moto leathers and body-baring maillots combined in a nylon, neon and navy blue mash-up of strut-your-stuff sports and attitude.

Among all the examples of that strange contemporary phenomenon known as the celebrity designer - and their numbers are growing - Rihanna is something of a law unto herself.

Unlike West, she did not equate herself with the geniuses of silhouette and drown her clothing in bombast. Unlike Victoria Beckham, or Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, she did not humble herself before the experts and work diligently to gain their respect, giving up her other career to toil away in the atelier.


Rihanna’s Fenty for Puma Spring/Summer 2018 collection includes track pants and maillots. PHOTO: REUTERS


Rihanna’s Fenty for Puma Spring/Summer 2018 collection includes track pants and maillots. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indeed, she seems to be acquiring more careers practically every month (as of last week: beauty mogul).

And yet she does not seem to be dialling it in. She is having fun.

She certainly looked like it, anyway, riding around the runway on the back of a dirt bike and blowing kisses for her bow.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2017, with the headline 'Rihanna vrooming on the runway in style'. Print Edition | Subscribe