Rihanna Challenges the Beauty of the 18th century with a Modern, Sporty and Sexy Sensibility

Paris, France (September 29, 2016) – Last night, Rihanna, and global athletic brand PUMA, showed the fashion community the Spring/Summer 2017 FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Collection. The collection, available at retail next spring, takes inspiration from 18th century France during the time period of Louis XVI and fuses it with a street style vibe. In front of an intimate audience in the beautiful salons of Hotel Saloman de Rothschild and worldwide via the TIDAL X: RIHANNA livestream, guests and fans took in the exquisiteness and the edge of FENTY PUMA by Rihanna. Fresh, sporty, and ethereal, the FENTY PUMA by RIHANNA Spring/Summer 2017 is sure to shake up the fashion community once again. ‎

“I am really excited about this collection as its very fun and light.  Showing in Paris was the perfect backdrop as I pulled a lot of inspiration from France, Marie Antoinette and The Palace of Versailles specifically,” said Creative Director Rihanna. “Mixing athletic wear with regal touches was a challenge and I hope everyone loves the results.  I cannot wait to wear this collection.”

In the spirit of Paris Fashion Week, this season’s FENTY collection interprets the romance and grandeur of French culture with a delicate color palette, luxurious fabrics, intricate ruffles and pleating, and playful bows and ties. Rihanna stayed true to PUMA’s sport heritage by reimagining and transforming traditional track suits, boxing robes, tennis dresses and polos.  The collection continues to play with exaggerated and oversized shapes, while soft pinks, lavenders, and nudes compliment and contrast hard, edgy, sporty looks in olive and rich brown. The collection, designed for both men and women in mind, includes tiered jackets, in a lightweight onion skin fabric, embroidered tricot track dresses and suits, and jacquard pieces uniquely featuring the signature PUMA cat in a custom FENTY floral motif.

Accessories bring out the feminine yet masculine juxtaposition of the 18th century with the Lace Mesh PUMA Cat Choker, the Bow Bag and the Lace Roll down bag (with a unique neck choker). The everyday baseball cap is no more as the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna hats feature engineered mesh, sneaker lace accents, PUMA cat lace masks, satin bandanas and oversized visors.

The collection wouldn’t be complete without shoes. Rihanna updates the iconic FENTY Sneaker Heel from Autumn Winter ‘16 with three new styles including a Slingback Sneaker Heel that artistically and practically uses PUMA’s signature formstripe as the strap. New shoes such as the Bow Sneaker express a fusion of sport and fashion. The Slide returns in two new executions: in Jelly and with a bow. Finally, Rihanna brings aggressive, new sneaker boots to round out the footwear range.