PUMA by Rihanna AW16 Collection Premieres at New York Fashion Week
New York fashion week is fast becoming an event for many recording artists to debut their latest fashion collaborations with major fashion houses. Some have even begun to drop their new albums alongside the clothing, as we saw with Kanye West and Yeezy Season 3. The day after the Yeezy release, the blogosphere went crazy with the fashion runway show from Rihanna for Puma.
Rihanna drew inspiration from Japanese street culture and tradition for this first full season collection since partnering with PUMA in December 2014. Mixing that cultural influence with gothic overtones and exaggerated volumes and proportions, the fashion icon challenged the traditional male and female silhouettes and blurred the lines between genders that are often times too rigid for her fashion tastes.
“This collection is not only a representation of who I am and how I dress, but also pushes the boundaries of what I wanted to create with PUMA” said PUMA Brand Ambassador and Women’s Creative Director Rihanna, “I wanted to take PUMA to a new place with something unpredictable and unexpected. It's Japanese street culture with a haunting twist. I played with texture and silhouettes and all of the fabrics are luxurious. I reinterpreted the traditional in my way. I'm looking forward to sharing the collection with the fashion community and fans.”
A PUMA collection is never complete without footwear. As a follow up to her beloved PUMA Creeper launch, the AW16 collection ranges from show-stomping boots to sporty heels to training sneakers. An exaggerated over-the-knee Eskiva boot laced up on some of fashion’s top models turned heads on the runway.
Consumers can catch some of the shows footwear styles this Spring/Summer season including her first official modern and futuristic training shoe, the FENTY Trainer which hits stores worldwide on February 26th. Rihanna’s Fur Slide will launch in April and the infamous PUMA Creeper returns in May with new colours.
The AW16 PUMA by RIHANNA collection, under her FENTY label, includes a mix of fashion and lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories and will be available at retail beginning September 2016. For more information, contact PUMA via their listing on CUT & SHOW.
See all the looks from the show here.
* all images courtesy of PUMA