Rihanna has debuted her new lingerie line, Fenty x Savage, during New York Fashion Week. And to say that we are blown away would be the understatement of the year.
The show took place in what could have been an enormous greenhouse, with ponds, and a glass box in the middle, equipped with a metal examining table – not unlike something you’d see in a vet’s office. For the analysts among us, you could say that this is a representation of the constant scrutiny women are under – being stuck in a glass box, being examined by the media and each other.
Or it’s just something cool to add to the atmosphere. Either way, we’re just going along with it.
Models entered the Garden of Eden-esque biodome intertwined with dancers, performing movements choreographed by Parris Goebel. The show gave off a very tribal, primal atmosphere, with dancers crawling around the dome, playing in the pond, and even striking some yoga poses.
The best part of the runway was, surprisingly, not the lingerie – although it was stunning. What was particularly amazing was the diversity of models walking in the show. Rihanna hand picked models of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. Familiar faces like Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Australian model Duckie Thot walked the jungle-themed runway last night. But the show featured an array of plus-sized and even pregnant models. Slick Woods walked the runway, despite being 9 months pregnant, and gave birth moments after the show ended.
“Women are the strongest people on earth,” Fenty told E! News.
“Our bodies alone are made to do so many different things and they’re designed in so many different, unique ways. It is about time that we celebrate that.”
And at the end of the show, all the models and dancers came together on the runway, and clasped hands while Rihanna took a lap of honour, wearing a shirred, brown tube dress and matching headscarf.
Rihanna has gone ahead and proved what an incredible time it is for female empowerment in the fashion industry. The Fenty x Savage show was not only a presentation of Rihanna’s latest work. It was a piece of art promoting inclusion, acceptance, and genuine self-love. A sight to behold and something the audience and models will hold with them for a long time to come.
Watch the full show here: