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Rihanna's stylist challenged to satisfy her 'ravenous appetite' for fashion

Published 09/09/2016

Rihanna
Rihanna

The star puts the fashion professional to Work.

Rihanna's stylist Mel Ottenberg admits dressing the fabulous fashionista can be stressful beyond belief at times.

The 28-year-old Work hitmaker has been working with Mel for years and he most recently selected the outfits for her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (16), but picking out clothes for the star is no easy feat.

"We just did (the) VMAs, and I would say 70 per cent of what she wore was custom," he explains to Billboard. "I started getting them (the VMAs outfits) together in mid-July, which was really crazy because fashion is dead in August, so I felt I was really up against a lot of obstacles. I was seeing all of fashion go on vacation in Greece on my Instagram feed, and I was like, 'F**k these people, I am working my a** off.'"

The Bahamian beauty nabbed a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)’s Fashion Icon Award in 2014 and since then she has made a big push in the industry after releasing clothing collections through iconic sportswear line Puma.

So unlike other clients of Mel, she has a very discerning eye for the future of fashion and her experimental taste in clothes makes his job more difficult.

"The challenge with her is she always wants to try something new, so I have to know what works, yet also try to push things forward, because this girl has already worn a million amazing outfits," he details. "She has a ravenous appetite for fashion."

"It would be great if there were enough things to excite me (on the runways), but there definitely aren’t, or at least not enough that would be right for the job at hand, so I end up making a lot of things and doing a lot of research in libraries," he adds. "I also work with people that I trust and that I think can really show me great new ideas too, like Hood by Air, Adam Selman, Vetements. Also I like to show her stuff, see what gets her excited. I want her to feel really great and confident and sexy and cool and wearing an awesome outfit. I don’t want the clothes to do too much either, I want her to sing and feel great."

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