Rihanna opens New York pop-up shop for her Fenty label

Rihanna is the richest female musician in the world and the first black woman to head a fashion house for LVMH. (File/AFP)
Updated 19 June 2019

Rihanna opens New York pop-up shop for her Fenty label

  • Fenty will unveil a new mini-collection at the pop-up store
  • Most of the items will be also available at their online shop

NEW YORK: Rolling out her concept of fashion that is not a slave to the seasons or the shackles of Fashion Week, Rihanna opened the second pop-up shop of her Fenty brand in New York Tuesday, a month after the launch of the new fashion house in Paris.
Fenty, which the Barbados-born diva launched with French luxury powerhouse LVMH, has set up shop in fashionable Soho store The Webster and officially opens to the public from Wednesday until June 30.
It provided an occasion for the young fashion house to unveil a new mini-collection, called “6-19” after its launch date, following on from the inaugural “5-19” collection in Paris last month.
Some pieces from the first collection are back, alongside some new items, including a series of dresses and skirts in bold colors like orange or yellow but also some very dense prints.
The cuts are figure-hugging with plunging necklines and the label has chosen soft materials such as satin or mesh.
Most of the pieces are available online from Wednesday, with the exception of a set of T-shirts, at $230 each, which are only available in the store before being marketed online in July.
The prices of the collection are similar to the Paris offerings, which ranged from $250 for a T-shirt to more than $1,000 for a denim jacket or pantsuit.
Rihanna, the world’s richest female musician, is the first black woman to head up a fashion house for Paris-based LVMH, which owns Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Givenchy among others.
Fenty, named for the 31-year-old singer, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is LVMH’s first new luxury brand from scratch since the launch of Christian Lacroix in 1987.

Meet Roz, the Saudi influencer causing a stir stateside

The model has taken part in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret’s Pink and the US brand Guess. (Supplied)
Updated 24 July 2019

Meet Roz, the Saudi influencer causing a stir stateside

DUBAI: With more than 10 million followers on Instagram and a number of high-profile advertising campaigns under her belt, the Jubail-born Riyadh-raised model who goes by the name Roz is making quite a name for herself in the US.

Currently based in Los Angeles, the Saudi model just made headlines around the world when she modelled for a Victoria’s Secret’s Pink campaign, showing off the label’s sportswear in a sun-drenched video.

The model, with platinum blonde locks and Pinterest-worthy style, has also taken part in campaigns for US brand Guess and spoke to Arab News about her career and why moving back to the Gulf isn’t off the cards.

Roz moved to the US in 2013 to pursue a degree in interior design, but her hopes of becoming a model pushed her to give it a shot.

“Ever since I was young, becoming a model was always a dream of mine. It was a bit difficult for me as a Saudi woman… but to me nothing is impossible” Roz told Arab News.

Challenging stereotypes proved to be one of the major hurdles Roz had to face, but “with my persistence, I was able to prove to brands that I am not just famous… I am also influential to many people,” Roz said. 

The model’s Instagram feed is littered with photographs of her various advertising campaigns, as well as visits to many a product launch party — from NYX Cosmetics events to TikTok gatherings, if there is anything pop culture-related going on in Los Angeles, chances are you will spot Roz in the well-heeled crowd.

While her Instagram feed is largely filled with shots of the model posing with picture-perfect makeup and expertly curated clothing, hop over to her Snapchat account, Roz.Model, and it’s an altogether more casual story.

“Snapchat (is my favorite). It makes me feel closer to my audience… To me, Instagram is more professional… but Snapchat covers my daily life.” 

The approach seems to be working, the model clocked up 1.5 billion Snapchat story views in 2018.

When speaking about other models from the region who want to follow in her footsteps, the social media maven advised them to be themselves.

“People will love you for who you are,” Roz said, adding: “We live in a world where respecting each other is a must. We should understand that people are different, whether it be religion, nationality, personality or even culture.”

As for moving back to the Gulf, Roz remains open to the possibility, saying it largely depends on career opportunities.

“The headquarters of almost all brands are in the US, but if my job requires me to move back to the Gulf, I would definitely do so.”