Stop What You're Doing: Rihanna's Savage x Fenty Performance has Shut Down the Internet
“The Baddest, sexiest, most savage experience yet”. The adrenaline, the performance, the star-studded cameos, and the insane rush of sex appeal, the Savage x Fenty Vol 2 collection was an extravaganza that will go down as one of the most iconic collection unveils. Completely re-writing the rules of how lingerie shows should look like, Rihanna injected inclusivity, diversity, and all-round bad a** female power into Vol 2 of her collection launch. The 50-minute documentary, now available on Amazon Prime, is introduced by bad gal Rhi Rhi herself saying ‘we bout to f**k it up’. Understatement of the century. Celebrating diversity, inclusivity, power and resilience, the show is a creative masterpiece that rejoices fashion, beauty, culture, music and individuality. A presentation that abides no rules and takes risks.
Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 – Official Trailer I Prime Video
The performance was mesmerizing, the message was inspiring and the collection as breath-taking, so the creative brains behind the masterpiece needs recognition. We spell out ‘Rihanna’ to mark the most jaw-dropping moments, themes, and cameos from the show.
'R' stands for Rosalia
Wearing a black lace detailed bra, adorned with diamante detailing, chunky silver jewellery and fierce af nails, Rosalia is a vision. Exuding confidence, beauty, power and all-round sexiness we couldn’t take our eyes off her appearance. Just after her feature in Cardi-B’s ‘WAP’ and now working in collab with Billie Eilish, Rosalia couldn’t have been a more fitted it girl to kick things off.
'I' stands for Inclusivity
Since the beginning of Savage x Fenty, model inclusivity and diversity has stood at the forefront of the brand. After her first show last year, Rihanna’s dedication to diversity had a major impact on the industry and the way women view themselves. In her own words “I want to make stuff I can see on the people I know, and they come in all different shapes, sizes, races and religions.” Vol 2 of the Savage x Fenty show embraced all bodies all sizes and all races and was an absolute powerhouse of strength that cannot go ignored.
'H' stands for Hilton
We all watched Paris’ latest documentary, so it was only fitting that the singer, entrepreneur, model and ultimate 00’s icon take on the Fenty show. Looking like a Barbie doll, Paris stood wearing a bubble-gum pink lingerie set, dressed in diamonds, pink shades and of course her iconic blonde wavy locks.
'A' stands for action
We have all seen traditional runway struts. But Rihanna goes above and beyond. Choreography by Parris Goebel, the show exudes energy. The strength, passion and drive that comes from each and every dancer (more than 50 to add) is captivating, turning what could have been an old-style display of lingerie into a mind-blowing performance.
'N' stands for naughty
Any opportunity for black lace, patent leather, thigh-high boots and lingerie- Rihanna is your girl. It's no doubt to say a dominatrix vibe was seen throughout the show, but with a song named S&M why wouldn’t it be?
'N' stands for Normani
It would be considered criminal for Normani not to take on the Savage x Fenty stage. As one of the O-G’s to the Fenty brand, Normani took centre stage, shook her stuff and looked absolutely unreal in a bridal bodice, veil and thigh-high PVC boots. In line with breaking the rules, the
'A' stands for all-stars
When would you ever think to see the likes of Gigi Hadid, asap Ferg, Big Sean, Cara Delevinge, 21 Savage, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, Migos, Normani, Halsey, Bella Hadid, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Tierra Whack, Fabolous (the list can go on) all come together to celebrate one woman, her brand and the message behind it. Completely taken aback by electric performances, choreography and lighting and
Words by Clare Stephenson
Graphics by Lucy Gifford