Held in Barclays Center, the show was as inclusive and diverse as we'd expected. From Cara Delevingne to Joan Smalls and Laverne Cox, models, actors and dancers filled the stage. Additionally, platinum singer-songwriter Halsey performed, along with hip hop superstars Migos, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Fat Joe, Fabolous and Tierra Whack. Rihanna herself also performed, dressed in a sheer black ensemble.
Last night's extravaganza marks RiRi's first Fenty show since launching the brand under the LVMH umbrella, and the first time the singer-turned-designer has presented a show at NYFW without the collaboration of Puma.
Last season, the designer called upon the industry’s most buzzed-about models, street-cast newcomers, and a troupe of dancers to push the boundaries of society’s preconceived notions of what is "sexy". From Gigi and Bella Hadid to Paloma Eissner, Duckie Thot and a heavily pregnant Slick Woods, it was a celebration of body positivity and sensuality for a woke audience that wanted more than the outdated Victoria’s Secret model.
But fans will need to wait another nine days to find out more. Last month, Rihanna took to Instagram to tell her 73 million followers to keep September 20 free to watch “the most bold, sexy, super energetic experience you can imagine”, streaming to 200 countries worldwide via Amazon Prime. “We’re going even bigger and badder,” read the official brand Instagram broadcast. “We don’t think y’all ready…”
She did offer fans a sneak peek of the looks via Instagram earlier this week. “Bat-mobile, but make it fashion! Get into this matte leather-rubber fusion though,” she wrote alongside a video of her black leather pointed stiletto Fenty boots. Roll on 20th September...