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.


Lebanon’s Georges Hobeika dazzles couture lovers in Paris

The Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris served as the backdrop for the new couture offering. (AFP)
Updated 21 January 2020

Lebanon’s Georges Hobeika dazzles couture lovers in Paris

  • The collection at Georges Hobeika's show came with exquisite, well-placed embroidery in a rich palette of neutrals and playful tones, as well as luxurious materials such as satin duchesse and silk chiffon

PARIS: For Spring 2020, Lebanese couturier Georges Hobeika transported his jam-packed front row, that included Dubai-based influencer Hala Abdullah and Lebanese television presenter Diala Makki, to the idyllic shores of Sardinia, Italy.

Hobeika’s newest offering features plenty of feminine and bold designs set to take over the red carpets to come. (AFP)

The Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris served as the backdrop for the new couture offering, which was a reflection of Hobeika’s favorite inspirations: “The force of nature,” “the ecstasy of freedom” and the “philosophy of entertainment,” according to the show notes.

The collection also came with exquisite, well-placed embroidery in a rich palette of neutrals and playful tones. (AFP)

The first look, a black crochet minidress adorned with oversized yellow and lavender flowers, set the tone for the lineup of sequined evening gowns, voluminous skirts and heavily-embellished tops that followed.

Hobeika's metallic gown with crystals and sequins is fit for a princess.(AFP)

Some of the looks were paired with oversized hats that served as a nod to the umbrellas that line the shores of sunny Italian beaches.

Some of the looks were paired with oversized hats that served as a nod to the umbrellas that line the shores of sunny Italian beaches. (AFP)

The collection also came with exquisite, well-placed embroidery in a rich palette of neutrals and playful tones, as well as luxurious materials such as satin duchesse and silk chiffon — elements that have made the Baskinta-born designer revered by the royals and red carpet stars that make up his loyal clientele.

Celebrities constantly turn to Hobeika to dress them in his show-stopping creations for some of their most important events. (AFP)

Indeed, celebrities constantly turn to Hobeika to dress them in his show-stopping creations for some of their most important events. Case in point: Singer-turned-actress Jennifer Lopez who chose an elegant off-the-shoulder black gown for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Monday and before that, a cream-colored, backless gown encrusted with gems at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards earlier this month.

Georges Hobeika's show featured his Spring 2020 collection. (AFP)

With awards season in full swing, Hobeika’s newest offering features plenty of feminine and bold designs set to take over the red carpets to come. 

Singer-turned-actress Jennifer Lopez was the latest to champion Hobeika’s designs. 

There was a pink, heavily-embellished top paired with a purple crochet skirt and a black oversized bow, a romantic floral-printed blazer that boasted sequined lapels, a long-sleeved gown drenched in black and pink ombre crystals, a metallic minidress embellished with thousands of tiny crystals and sequins and a hot pink ball gown that featured floral appliques on the bodice and feather fringed pouf sleeves. 

Hobeika also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. (AFP)

Meanwhile, Hobeika also offered brides-to-be something to dream about in the form of a metallic gown with crystals and sequins that’s fit for a princess.