Rihanna recently celebrated the arrival of her Fall 2017 collection for Fenty x Puma.
For the special day, the musician, actress, and designer crafted a full-scale high school pep rally, complete with cheerleaders, banners, and yes, a marching band. (By the looks of a crowd, attendance in New York high schools may have been a bit lacking).
It was all a nod to the school theme of the fall collection—because as we all know, Rihanna never shies away from a theme.
Rihanna also opened up about her own high school experience, embracing size-inclusion, and why fashion should always be fun.
What was your high school like for you? Do you look back fondly on it?
“I was a bit of a loner at times. Cadets was my one outlet. I didn’t do any sports, I just did cadets. Little things that you learn in cadets follow you all through your life. Even the way I line my toiletries from tallest to smallest. The discipline really sticks with you. I enjoyed it. I kind of still am that same way. I like to be able to dip in and out of the scene. I like to dip in, but I like to dip out when I’m ready to be by myself and watch TV.”
What are you watching on TV right now?
“Anything that is a documentary or reality TV. Anything that has the word “wife” in it. And every city. It doesn’t matter [if they are good.] I like watching real situations and real reactions; I’m just obsessed. Even when it is terrible, that makes me want to watch it even more.”
With Fenty Beauty, you talk about how important it is to have a range for a very diverse group of people. How do you incorporate that mentality into your Fenty Puma line?
“”I want to make things for all body types. That was very intentional when I first started, even back with River Island. With [Fenty x Puma], I have so much freedom. I want everybody in my crew to have something. You don’t just design for yourself. You use your taste as the muse of everything. I like to play around with silhouettes. Trust me, I could always use a good fat day outfit. I like to be comfortable.”
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