Rihanna has Gucci and giving under her umbrella

Rihanna has a foot fetish of sorts. “I love buying stuff — bags and shoes. I love shoes. I love fashion,” the singer says with a sigh. So her new collaboration with Gucci is a deal made in sartorial heaven. She’s the face of the luxe Italian brand’s Tattoo Heart accessory collection. Twenty-five percent of sales from the line will be donated to UNICEF. The collection, on sale through Jan. 31, was kicked off with a glitzy launch party at Gucci’s flagship store Wednesday night. During a joint interview at the Plaza Hotel before the bash, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said selecting the chart-topping and fashion-forward songstress to front the do-gooder line was a no-brainer. “She represents the perfect Gucci woman. She’s so talented, she’s so fresh, she’s so beautiful,” Giannini says. “She’s putting her face, as a celebrity, to a very right cause that’s dear to all of us.

Rihanna has a foot fetish of sorts.

“I love buying stuff — bags and shoes. I love shoes. I love fashion,” the singer says with a sigh.

So her new collaboration with Gucci is a deal made in sartorial heaven. She’s the face of the luxe Italian brand’s Tattoo Heart accessory collection. Twenty-five percent of sales from the line will be donated to UNICEF.

The collection, on sale through Jan. 31, was kicked off with a glitzy launch party at Gucci’s flagship store Wednesday night. During a joint interview at the Plaza Hotel before the bash, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said selecting the chart-topping and fashion-forward songstress to front the do-gooder line was a no-brainer.

“She represents the perfect Gucci woman. She’s so talented, she’s so fresh, she’s so beautiful,” Giannini says. “She’s putting her face, as a celebrity, to a very right cause that’s dear to all of us.

“We became good friends and we started to play together. The time we spend together is very light. We’re always having fun.”

The ad campaign, Giannini says, focuses on “the beauty of Rihanna.”

As for Rihanna, “I’m so proud when I see it because I would never have thought, in a million years, that I’d be a spokesperson for Gucci. It’s such a massive brand,” she says.

Rihanna, 20, dreams of creating her own collection, and she has Giannini serving as her own personal Tim Gunn-esque design guru.

“I love designing. Frida’s helping me develop as a designer,” Rihanna says. “We’ve been collaborating on some designs. We’ve been doing it together, so far for Gucci, but later on in life I want to become a designer.”

For now, Rihanna is enjoying the other perks of her collaboration with Gucci. “I was always a good customer, but now we have a very special relationship. Frida sent me two of the new shoes from the spring collection, so I’m showing off because I’m one of the only ones (who has them),” she says, giggling.

Does she get goodies every day? “Not to that extent. That’s a little ridiculous. But every time I see them, they always bring me gifts.”

Next up for the singer, whose 2007 release Good Girl Gone Bad keeps generating hits? Some downtime.

“I don’t really need a big break if I have a good pace of work,” Rihanna says. “I’m going to have a little break at Christmastime and spend a little time with my family in Barbados. I like doing what I do. It’s a fun job.”

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