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Rihanna keen to promote emerging designers

Published 29/10/2016


Rihanna loves to champion up-and-coming young designers such as Dilara Findikoglu, Jacquemus, Faustine Steinmetz, Fengchen Wang and Ji Oh.

Rihanna is keen to promote emerging designers through all the outfits she wears.

The Barbadian singer-songwriter is known for her ability to pull off just about any trend, including thigh-high boots, off-the-shoulder shirts and oversized suits.

She’s also put up-and-coming names on the map, such as Chinese couturier Guo Pei, who rose to prominence after Rihanna wore her bright yellow cape gown to the Met Gala in 2015.

And the 28-year-old’s long-time stylist Mel Ottenberg says the star is seeking to become a sartorial champion for many more rising talents.

"Rihanna has a ravenous appetite for fashion," Mel told Billboard, adding that the Work singer prefers to create one-of-a-kind looks by mixing both menswear and womenswear pieces.

Mel, who has also worked with the likes of Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson, points to Rihanna’s recent outing at the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California in a menswear-inspired pinstripe suit as a good example of her current aesthetic.

The suit was from the 2016 Spring/Summer collection of French brand Jacquemus, started by self-taught designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. She also wore a blue and white off-the-shoulder poplin shirt by the young designer while preparing for the MTV Video Music Awards in New York in August (16).

Another look Mel mentions is the shirt by Belgian menswear designer Jan-Jan Van Essche which Rihanna wore when she stepped out in New York recently.

“Van Essche is a 2003 graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, and is known for designing only one collection a year,” explained Mel, explaining the exclusivity of the piece.

Rihanna is also a big fan of Dilara Findikoglu, and wore her pieces on the cover of CR Fashion Book's ninth issue, which was released in September (16). The brunette beauty channelled Marie Antoinette by wearing a custom corset from the Turkish designer, who is a recent graduate of London's Central Saint Martins.

“Her designs are known for their punk and feminist undertones,” shared Mel.

Rihanna has also been spotted in pieces from Faustine Steinmetz, Fengchen Wang, Ji Oh and Molly Goddard.

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