Rihanna’s past four Fenty x Puma presentations have been the epitome of fashion forwardness at its best. The Barbadian-born beauty is no stranger to taking risks and shocking the entire free world with her jaw-dropping style and her uncanny ability to make even the most controversial pieces look like runway gold. Naturally, when we received word that she would be designing her own collections for Puma, fashion’s finest stopped in their tracks and anxiously awaited the icon’s runway debuts. After four wildly successful seasons, RiRi has soldified her place in the realm of style and she has also given us a taste of what truly inspires her.
One of my all-time favorite collections from the Fall 2017 line-up was, indeed, the Fenty x Puma show. The colors, the impeccable styling, the models, the diversity, the “school girl” realness, the flawless beauty… it was just overwhelming. I loved every single moment.
So, keep reading to indulge in the latest installment of #Runway to #RealWay! Disclaimer: This week’s feature is not for the faint of heart – risk takers and Bad Gals rejoice!
1) Mix sporty with preppy!
Combine a classic, vintage-inspired baseball tee and a multicolored tartan skirt for an unexpected look. To garner more of an edge, incorporate accessories that will turn heads such as oversized rubber rain boots, an off-the-shoulder puffer jacket or a matching hat.
2) Rock funky knee-high boots with your breakaway sweats.
When I first saw this show, I was head over heels for this Fall-ready color palette. Burnt oranges mixed in with burgundy/maroon are always perfect for this season’s festive vibes; yet, RiRi’s personal aesthetic shines through with the brilliant mesh of style “athlete” meets “goth”.
3) Go full-on goth!
Much like Jay-Z, we’ve all often contemplated wearing black “for a year straight”. The timeless hue just seems to flow with anything it’s combined with – bold colorful prints, contrasting textures and even other renditions of its own dark palette. Slip into a sophisticated fur topper, your favorite black baggy cargos and a pair of black Timbs. And, boom – you’ve just set the world ablaze without even breaking a sweat.
4) Wear combat boots with your essential maxi dress.
Maxi dresses always seem to come across as that super-feminine piece that lures in men from every corner of the Earth; however, if styled properly, you can transform this June-July staple into a Fall mainstay. Invest in a pair of high-rise logo baseball socks and platform boots to pull off this Bad Gal-approved look.
5) Splurge on a long, tartan jacket!
Pretty self-explanatory, don’t you think? Keep your overall look basic but inject a little drama with a two-tone long jacket.
6) Layer up similar-toned tops for a unique styling detail.
Aside from the fact that these Fenty x Puma over-the-knee boots are utterly gorgeous (!), look a little deeper into the way this ‘fit is put together. Make your crop tops work overtime by layering them over a bodysuit. Earn extra cool points by matching your lipstick with your pieces!
7) Sweatshirts and miniskirts have never looked better!
Per Rihanna’s specialty, the songstress is popular for taking contrasting garments and making them work in the most creative ways. The same goes for this particular look: the oversized sweatshirt and the puffer miniskirt introduce a refreshing take to a classic street style combination. Ski masks are optional.
8) Let your accessories do all the talking…
Sleek top knot: check! Lace-up choker: check! Fenty x Puma mustard plunging jumpsuit: check! Vintage eyeglasses: check! Tartan print teddy bear backpack: check and check!
9) Try on the patchwork trend!
Patchwork details always remind me of 70’s realness. I automatically think of afros, big hoop earrings, and bell bottom jeans. But, this modern (and sporty) edition of the trend makes me want to run to the nearest thrift shop. The turtleneck Fenty x Puma crop top is also quite dope, no?
What do you guys think? See any looks that tickle your sartorial fancy?
**Photo Credits: VogueRunway.com