I live for great fashion moments like this! Twice in one week, a woman or color has snagged a campaign with a luxury brand. Fashion houses around the world are proving that they want more diversity in the fashion industry. Last week, I announced that iconic fashion designer and creative director Riccardo Tisci is breaking barriers by tapping neo-soul singer Erykah Badu for the face of Givenchy’s Spring 2014 Campaign. See the original story here.
It was just announced that Rihanna is the face of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. The diamond selling pop singer was shot by Inez and Vinoodh for her campaign for the luxury French fashion house. She styled in denim-on-denim, all laced out gold chains and buckles and a chain-embellished pink & white robe during her shoot.
Expect Rihanna’s campaign to hit magazines in January. According to Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, “THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD#dreamsdocometrue @badgalriri@balmainparis#thankU #loveU #INspiration #Icon #beauty#FOREVER #Springsummer2014 #balmainiac. Front of the caméra you make me feel like you were the only girl in the world , you are more than an icon, you are my inspiration and an inpiration for an entiere generation. #loveU and #thankU“
Over the past few decades, there has been a lack of diversity on the runway. We all know that racism still takes place in the fashion world. I am so sick and tired of top designers overlooking models of color. Your race and ethnicity shouldn’t matter. If you’ve got the right talent, you should be given the opportunity to do the job. Even though people of color still have a long way to go in the fashion industry, I must admit that we’ve come a long way.
R&B singer and model Ciara was photo’d on set at a recent photo shoot for a campaign. She had on a $365 Opening Ceremony OC Exclusive Varsity Jacket. The jacket comes in various colors, features a monochrome scheme and is the epitome of sleek and sporty. Ciara’s varsity jacket also features snap button closure, embroidered patches, contrasting leather sleeves and a cozy wool body. You can purchase it at Nordstrom.
Rihanna wore her $365 Opening Ceremony OC Patch Varsity Jacket in London. She was photo’d exiting her hotel, heading to the Heathrow Airport. She completed her outfit by wearing black pants, a Hitman Riders 47 tee-shirt and Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers. Riri’s outfit was accessorized with a Trapstar Bobble beanie.
This past Wednesday (December 11), pop singer Rihanna was out and about in NYC. The Bajan beauty was draped in a full length fur coat when photogs caught her arriving to Da Silvano restaurant in Manhattan to celebrate her 13th Billboard #1 single, “Monster” with Eminem. The Def Jam singer is now tied with Michael Jackson who also has 13 Billboard #1 singles.
Riri wore a denim ensemble and black ankle boots with her fur coat. What’s your verdict on Riri’s look?
Pop icon Rihanna attended Roc Nation’s Jay Brown birthday party in Napa Valley, California. For the occasion, Bad Gal Riri looked stunning in a floor length white embroidered gown from Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2013 collection.
Ladies, would you wear this gown to a birthday party or special dinner?
Rihanna is in the holiday spirit! The Bajan beauty was photo’d sitting in front of a decorated Christmas tree in a sold out $308 Joyrich All Star Patched Jacket which rapper Fabolous last wore here. This All Star patch jacket is lined with a tune leopard design in the inside and the left sleeve has a side zipper. It also features a front zip closure, and front pockets with snap-button closures.
After spending the Thanksgiving holiday in NYC and celebrating her brother Rorrey Fenty’s birthday at Finale,pop starRihanna arrived back on the West coast and she is still rocking her doobie wrap. Bag girl Riri stopped by and supported Joyrich at their Los Angeles store.
“Joyrich proudly presents their collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation for the Joyrich FW13 Collection. Incorporating classic Keith Haring artwork in their mix of vintage hip hop street wear designs, Joyrich brings together yet another colorful and fun collaboration. The collection exudes the eccentric aesthetic of the brand with eye popping graphics for the upcoming fall release.” – Joyrich.
Photogs caught international pop singer Rihanna arriving at her hotel in NYC after celebrating her brother Rorrey Fenty’s birthday at Finale. The multi-platinum Def Jam recording artist wore a mini-white dress layered under a blue quilted coat paired with $2,025Giuseppe Zanotti Cutout Leather Knee-High Boots which are designed with sleek cutouts for a skin-baring effect. They also feature a leather upper, point toe, back zip, leather lining and sole and padded insole. You can purchase these boots atGiuseppe Zanotti or at Saks.
LA-native and NBA player Nick Young aka Swaggy P of the Los Angeles Lakers had a good game this past Friday (November 22) against the Golden State Warriors. He scored 21 points off the bench. The Lakers defeated Golden State 102-95. Was Swaggy P putting on a show for Rihanna who sat courtside? “I seen her end up saying ‘Swaggy P,'” Young said. “She called my name“.
Young arrived to the Staples Center in a Kanye West/Michael Jackson-inspired outfit. He wore an oversized plaid shirt paired with $949 Saint Laurent Leather & Denim Biker Jeanswhich rapper Future last wore here. These Saint Laurent skinny-leg jeans feature ribbed leather knee panels with silver zip details. They’re also lined with cotton for optimum comfort. You can purchase them at Matches Fashion.
The brand definitely takes moto-inspired denim to the extrem with this heavily embellished pair.
I like Swaggy P’s style and attitude. He’s a happy person that feeds on his own confidence, so when he feels good about himself, he becomes a great player on and off the court.
Rihanna is back on the California coast after making a few stops in New York City. While on the West coast, Riri filmed “The Monster” visual with Eminem.
Last night Friday (November 22), Riri attended the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors game at the Staples Center in Downtown, Los Angeles. She sat court side with her best friend Melissa Forde. Riri also gave a young Lakers fan a night to remember by sitting next to him, as well as playing hand games with him. The kid was photo’d laughing and chatting with the Bajan beauty. Lakers defeated Golden State 102-95.
Rihanna looks fierce in this Balmain ensemble! This past Friday (November 8), Photogs caught the pop-star arriving to Nobu restaurant in NYC. She styled in a Black Quilted Leather Jumpsuit from Balmain’s Spring 2014 collection paired with Gold Cap Toe Boots which is also from Balmain.
Riri and Ciara both have a great personal relationship with Balmain’sCreative Director Olivier Rousteing. One day, I’m going to be on 106 & Parkgetting interviewed in an outfit from Balmain.
The Bajan beauty officially moved to NYC. It’s going to be a HAWK winter!