Rihanna has really been stepping up her game as a fashion designer recently. She made her debut with some casual pieces back in 2011 in collaboration with Armani Jeans. Two years later she was working closely with fashion designer Adam Selman on a high-street collection for River Island. Then, in 2014, she threw caution to the wind and dove headfirst into modeling and designing. In the spring, she posed for Balmain’s spring/summer campaign while keeping things lively on the Met Ball red carpet. Later that year, she became Dior’s first black spokesperson for the brand’s Secret Garden collection. All these accomplishments led to her current position as one of the creative heads for Puma. She’s been active in this new role, working with Fenty in 2016 and gearing up for another go at the collaboration this year. In anticipation of her 2017 release, check out last year’s favorites.
THE HAT AND SCARF
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra shade for the sides of your head. This combination hat-scarf from the Fenty x Puma 2016 collection will help you keep the sun at bay.
LENGTHY ATHLETIC TOP
If a sports bra is too revealing for your everyday athleisure look, this athletic take on the crop top is the perfect substitute. It’s great on its own for summer jogs or as a first layer on winter runs.
STOCKING CAP WITH VEIL
It’s a little strange to have fabric billowing behind you when you’re wearing a stocking cap but to each his own. This is kind of a variation on the do-rag. Use it as a light scarf if you need a little extra insulation in the winter.
THE DRAWSTRING WAIST
A cross between sleeveless hoodies and slogan t-shirts, this offering from the Fenty x Puma collaboration features the brand’s iconic lettering against a black background. It’s style-savvy streetwear to the max. Well done, Rihanna.
Speaking of do-rags, here’s the real thing. It’s got a longer ponytail than the classic design, but it just makes you look like a badass pirate. Hopefully, we’ll see more like this in Rihanna’s 2017 collection.
THE ROBE JACKET
You can wear this item as a robe around the house or a jacket when it rains. It’s the ultimate athleisure trench coat with Asian vibes and a somber ambiance. It’s the most unexpected entry from last season’s collaboration.
Casual sportswear isn’t the item you’d expect to see taking on 70s chic characteristics, but this 2016 offering from Puma sure does. If you want a workout suit that’s slimming, comfy, and easy to slip on, here it is.
THE BOMBER PONCHO
Bomber jackets are fading out of style in 2017, but a year ago when they were all the rave, this design stood out from the crowd. Drawing from classic Japanese designs and incorporating Americana fashion into a poncho-like structure, it’s athletic, interesting, and surprisingly wearable.
Rihanna wore these at last year’s show and made headlines showing some leg. This is a great example of classic fashion crossing over into athleisure territory. Before 2017 watered down the athletic wear trend into a “just wear your gym clothes every day” aesthetic, Fenty x Puma proved casual and couture could work effectively together.
VINTAGE BUSHY TROUSERS
Call them bell-bottoms if you must, but these swishy pants are far more than some vintage throwback. They’re flexible pieces you can exercise in or wear about town. Perhaps one of the most deceptively simple design from Rihanna’s collection in 2016, you could really get away with slipping these on for a semi-formal party. That’s impressive.
THE CORSETESQUE BRA
It’s often been said Rihanna admires classic fashionistas like Marie Antoinette. This bra serves as concrete proof these assumptions might be true. Before the corset was cool, Rihanna debuted a lace-up bra unmistakably influenced by women’s fashion of old. It may not be the most comfortable design, but it sure looks iconic.
There’s no doubt Rihanna’s work on Fenty x Puma in 2016 generated an impressive response. The question is if she can pull of the magic again this fall. If the past is any indicator of the future, that 2017 fashion line is going to be a blast.
— Scarlett Price