One rarely thinks of terms such as ‘acceptance’ and ‘empowerment’ when thinking about the fashion industry; Rhianna’s new line of Savage X Fenty lingerie, however, explores these boundaries, among many others. With the help of choreographer Parris Goebel, Rhianna created an artistic masterpiece during New York Fashion week. This showcase brought acceptance of all women to the forefront.
The award-winning singer turned beauty mogul has now turned her attention to the fashion industry . The lingerie collection entitled ‘Savage X Fenty’, caters to women of all shapes and sizes, her show being a representation of just that. Brooklyn Navy Yard was full to the brim with women from all walks of life. Nude lace bralettes and bright fuchsia underwear was the norm, worn by dancers and pregnant models among many others. The pieces ranged from daring harnesses to feminine silk robes. All of which were specifically designed to complement the model that took to the stage.
The show championed diversity and inclusivity. Set to moving dance performances by the charismatic dance collective, The Royal Family, and choreographed by New Zealand native, Paris Goebel, the cast of dancers followed the models emerging in and out of the botanical domes that created Rihanna’s savage, sultry world. They took this show to another level, bringing symbolic movement that complemented the models walks.
A stand out performance came from the stunning Slick Woods, a model whose ‘look’ defies western beauty standards in itself. Her walk was powerful, moving in a daring body harness perfectly showcasing her pregnant belly. Woods cradled her stomach proudly as she wowed the audience with her poise and grace.
She was one of two pregnant women to walk the runway. The other, Janina Thompson, wore a nude plunge-cut bodysuit. It must also be noted that Woods went into labour straight after the show. No doubt, the baby was as eager to see the iconic show as the rest of us.
The final bow included Rihanna walking down the runway in a figure-hugging brown tube-dress with lace detailing. She paired the look with small brown cat-eye sunglasses shielding her eyes—though she couldn’t hide her smile . At the end of the show, the female models and dancers held hands as a sign of solidarity and unity. The idea of women supporting each other was in full effect. Savage X Fenty’s inclusive artistic masterpiece was a breath of fresh air—this is the future of fashion.
Rihanna continues to rewrite the rules within industries that have historically kept women trapped in projected boundaries. Previously, her Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation range included a record-breaking debut of 40 shades and shook the foundations of the makeup industry. This inspired change, and seeing the continued efforts through her display at New York Fashion Week, the event will hopefully have the same effect. It seems she has a magic touch.
The Savage X Fenty show highlights a wish I have for all women, and the remainder of the world. No matter what differences—size, colour, shape, eyes, feet, or anything else—we are all beautiful and achieve anything we aspire to. My hope is that this is a defining moment for fashion, where women of all shades, shapes, and sizes can continue to be represented on the runway.