Rihanna's stylist says Kanye West brought him "into the fold" with the Barbadian singer.
Mel Ottenberg attended the launch of the RIHtrospective exhibition in New York last night, which features Rihanna's most major outfits. Mel helped create many of the iconic pieces which are on display and spoke about his work with the singer.
"I did work with Kanye West, who I love, and then he had a creative director who was working on some Rihanna stuff that just brought me into the fold on a job with Rihanna," Mel told Fashionista.com. "Then they asked me to design her last tour after doing one job with them."
Working with fashion fan Rihanna is different to what Mel's known before. The Barbadian beauty is deeply interested in clothing, seen by her recent design debut for high street store River Island. Her individual style is very much a collaboration between the two of them.
"She’s very opinionated. She has a very specific idea about what looks good on her and she’s really smart about that and knows her arena. I mean, the thing she’s so good about is she’s great at looking great on the street, looking incredible on the red carpet, looking amazing in a show," he continued. "All that stuff’s really different and I don’t think there’s anyone else that nails all those different things, so she really gets it, but she also is willing to let you play with different ideas."
Mel claims Rihanna's style is about retro "cool" and discussed the designers that have caught her eye recently.
"We’re really into Givenchy, Azzedine Alaïa. We love Raf Simons; we love Lanvin; we love Jeremy Scott; we love Opening Ceremony and Kenzo," Mel listed. "We got a lot of faves but those are on the tip of my tongue right now."
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