After a monumental year launching Fenty – the first luxury fashion house helmed by a black woman and the first major label LVMH has founded from scratch – Rihanna arrived at the Fashion Awards 2019 as a clear frontrunner for the Urban Luxe prize. Naturally, she wore a custom confection from her namesake label. Or, as her stylist and collaborator Jahleel Weaver told Vogue exclusively, a “look that is undeniably Fenty and reflects where Rihanna is currently in terms of her personal style.”
So, where is the musician-turned-mogul at? Boundary-breaking as always, she chose to champion “a new way of approaching the evening gown”.
Rih, as Weaver calls her, layered an oversized sheer shirt over a structured minidress with jewelled harness to give the effect of the corset dress from her very first Fenty drop (Release 5-19).
The two “wasabi-green” garments – a colour that was introduced in Release 8-19 – are variations on pieces from Release 12, which will launch in four days time at Selfridges.
Ever the businesswoman, her lace-up pumps are also a satin iteration of the suede ones available to buy now online. By 6 December, fans will be able to shop a close replica of the icon’s entire look at Fenty.com.
“For Fenty to be nominated at the Fashion Awards in the Urban Luxe category amongst amazing designers – after launching seven months ago – is a huge honour,” mused Weaver of how far they have come. With a Fenty after-party enticing guests from the Royal Albert Hall to Laylow, there are celebrations – and an outfit change – in order.
Urban Luxe catgory winner – Fenty
FENTY has its first award! The brand that was launched just in May 2019 won in the Urban Luxe category. Rihanna was introduced by Janet Jackson who said some really kind words about our favourite fashion designer:
“You’re loved for your style, your boldness and for your strength as a woman,” Jackson said on stage. “You’re respected as a successful artist, fashion designer, activist, entrepreneur… congratulations to Rihanna for Fenty.”Janet Jackson awarding Rihanna during the Fashion Awards 2019
Watch Rihanna’s speech below.
The after party
Rihanna and FENTY threw an after party at the Laylow club. Rihanna changed her outfit and showed up looking stunning in an all-black look.