PARIS — Could RiRi be ready for the Paris fashion stage? Word has it the music star is planning to present her spring 2017 Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection in the French capital after a debut last February during New York Fashion Week.It is understood Puma is seeking a time slot amid the French collections, which are to be paraded here from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5.Puma had no comment.It was learned Wednesday that Rihanna's Fenty collection would skip showing at next month's New York Fashion Week after just one season. The singer’s subbrand will have a presence in New York that week, though, with exclusive pop-up shops to mark the release of Fenty’s fall collection.On Sept. 6, Fenty by Rihanna pop-ups will open at Bergdorf Goodman and Footlocker’s prestige retail concept Six:02.Both shops will have a 24-hour exclusive on the collection before distribution goes wide on Sept. 7.Among this season’s Fenty launches are styles including a sneaker heel, a sneaker boot and sneaker boot wedge.An occasional front-row figure at couture and ready-to-wear shows in Paris, Rihanna would join an action-packed week that includes the debut of Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, Bouchra Jarrar at Lanvin and Pierpaolo Piccioli as sole creative director at Valentino.Fenty by Puma was not listed on the preliminary calendar released Wednesday by the Chambre Syndicale. But a number of houses shifted time slots, with Saint Laurent now on the opening day, as reported, and Kenzo garnering back-to-back evening slots toward the end of the week.Rihanna is the German athletic company’s highest-profile collaborator. She assumed the title of creative director in December 2014 when Puma, which is controlled by Kering, signed her to a three-year contract.Fenty is the Barbadian singer and songwriter’s last name (her first name is Robyn) and she chose to use it for the Puma collection in order not to “oversaturate people with the Rihanna brand,” she told WWD earlier this year.Her debut collection enthralled shoppers, with the first delivery of her furry slides selling out in less than one day. Other Fenty successes include a high-top trainer and creeper styles.The fall show exalted Japanese street style, mixing up Goth, erotica and sport with takes on wrestling gear, boxing shorts and robes, tracksuits and hoodies.Rihanna is also known as a Dior brand ambassador; she’s worked with MAC Cosmetics, and designed a collection for high street retailer River Island. Her bold personal style spans vampy glam — pearls, corsets, boas — as well as boyish street.
Exclusive: @isabelmarant and @lorealmakeup have teamed up to create a capsule makeup collection. "She is rather natural in the day but doesn't have time to go back home before going out [in the evening] and redo her entire beauty look," said Marant on the 5 products included in the collection, which will launching in September. Read @jenniferbethweil's interview with the designer on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty
After 17 years, Tomas Maier is leaving @bottegaveneta. “I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve,” said François-Henri Pinault, head of parent company @kering_official. Head to WWD.com for more on his departure. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: Davide Maestri)
@shaymitchell is no stranger to teaming up with beauty brands, but she’s made her latest partnership official: She’s signed with @buxomcosmetics as global creative brand ambassador, WWD learned exclusively. Mitchell and Buxom will collaborate on campaign development, social media strategy and content and new product and shade development. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
Today we’re at the WWD Retail 20/20 Forum where industry leaders will be talking about the future of shopping for fashion, footwear and beauty. Tune in on Instagram Live at 9 am and 3:30 pm to hear from two of our speakers –– @therealreal’s Rati Levesque and @bandier’s Stephen Ippolito. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Seen last night at @coach’s launch party for “Life Coach,” an interactive pop-up in Soho: @joansmalls. Open now, visitors of the pop-up can engage in themes of “creativity and self-expression,” through tarot, carnival games, live performances and art. See the rest of the party pics on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @vnina)
“We figure there’s enough cynicism to go around the world right now let’s go out there and be ourselves, let’s be enthusiastic, let’s have positive energy, which is something I think a lot of people really want and need right now,” said musician @joshgroban ahead of hosting the Tony Awards with @sarabareilles. Read @leighn’s interview with Groban on how he picked his look for the night, his next record and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye #tonyawards (📷: @vnina)
“Rock as an attitude and not a uniform. Street as a style and not just clothing. Sportswear as the new normality,” @paul_surridge said of his first @roberto_cavalli men’s wear collection, previewed here. The British designer joined the brand as the creative director in May 2017, and is gearing up to unveil his debut for the label with a runway show at the Florence Charterhouse on June 13 at #PittiUomo. Head to WWD.com to read more about his collection and see more sneak peek photos. #wwdfashion (📷: @simonelezzi)