Popstar Rihanna debuted her Fenty x Puma collection in Paris late Wednesday, marking the second show for her popular athleisure collaboration.
“I would never expect that I would be allowed in Paris to show a collection this early as a designer,” said the 28-year-old from Barbados, according to New York Times. “That wasn’t a thing that I expected at all. I couldn’t believe — I still right now can’t believe it happened.”
“Thank you for putting those butterflies back in my stomach,” Rihanna added.
The collection was broadly inspired by “Marie Antoinette at the gym,” with a primary color scheme dominated by ivory, pink, beige and army green. A large number of hoodies, tracksuit bottoms and trainers were brought out by the singer-designer who herself stepped out in a pink tracksuit gown of her own label.
The line-up of models for the show was equally star-studded with Victoria’s Secret model Taylor Hill, big names like Imaan Hammam and Lexi Boling, and Gigi and Bella Hadid’s younger brother Anwar Hadid gracing the ramp.
BBC quoted Women’s Wear Daily as saying, “Puma wanted Rihanna and it got her – sexy, sporty and confident about bad taste done well.” The InStyle review went on to say the collection “was a perfectly digestible effort of graphic-street-athleisure wear, but also a fairly standard exercise in celebrity branding.”
Rihanna became the creative director of Puma in Dec. 2014. In the past, she has also designed for big names like Armani and River Island. Before the show, she was quoted telling New York Times’ Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman backstage: “Let’s do this. Let’s make some money.”