Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Rihanna designers 'psyched' for tour wardrobe

Published 24/04/2013


Rihanna's stylist says the big name fashion designers who created her Diamonds world tour looks were "psyched" to work with the superstar.

Mel Ottenberg is the man responsible for helping the superstar singer craft her distinctive look.

For Rihanna's latest tour, an incredible selection of some of the world's biggest names in fashion created her ensembles.

Mel explained how the looks were crafted, and his input into the finished version of what she wears on stage.

“Well, I really wanted it all to feel custom for her. I got to work with designers who I really admire, like Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, and Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, who were all psyched to work with her because Rihanna is such a major icon," Mel gushed to Refinery29. "I feel like they’re all guys that are very much in fashion and not a part of showbiz. That was all really exciting."

Mel revealed more about the process involved in creating a major wardrobe like the one needed for Rihanna's tours. He says despite the hard work it entails, dressing her is a rewarding occupation.

"To work with Adam Selman [who I work with on all of her costume stuff] helped to really make this tour totally custom. I wanted to create something unique, because in this day and age, everyone thinks it’s all the same watered-down looks, and Rihanna isn’t like that. She’s not looking at other people for competition; she’s just doing her own thing, and that’s fun to work with because she’ll let you do something different," he gushed. “I worked very closely on every design aspect and every detail of the tour clothing for her, for her dancers, for her band, you know, everything. I worked really closely with all of the designers on the custom stuff, which was really fun.”

Riccardo Tisci described Rihanna as “the face of a generation,” because of her distinctive eye for style. Mel says during his time working with the beauty he's witnessed her passion for fashion, which has resulted in them not always seeing eye-to-eye on things.

“We definitely have some back-and-forth moments, but she’s in control of her image. It’s very collaborative. It’s a different process for everything, but quite often there’s a creative [process] for a performance or video, and I have to figure out what the looks will be. I show her different ideas, and we talk about it," he finished. "Sometimes, figuring out what it’ll look like has already been done, and other times, it’s more spontaneous and collaborative.”

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