Dior’s search for a creative director continues, but in the meantime, there’s one major name designing for the house: Rihanna. The singer has created a range of futuristic sunglasses in collaboration with Dior as part of her brand ambassadorship. The name of the collection is simply “Rihanna.”
The sunglasses will be sold exclusively at Dior stores beginning in early June, though Rihanna has been teasing the shades on her Instagram account. There is one frame available in six variations — the silver, pink, blue, green and red styles will retail for $840, while a deluxe 24-karat gold-plated version will sell for $1,950.
This is the second collaborative project between Rihanna and Dior. A year ago, Steven Klein photographed Rihanna in “Secret Garden IV,” a campaign and short film shot inside Versailles features her in Dior sunglasses, carrying the brand’s bags and wearing looks from the Esprit Dior collection shown in Tokyo in December 2014. “We are very pleased to partner for the second time with Rihanna,” said Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano. “She is an artist, an entertainer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a style icon for today’s generation.”
She has also ramped up her fashion quotient considerably in the last year, introducing her first full Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection during New York Fashion Week in February, and signing a three-year deal as contributing creative director of Stance socks last July.
The sunglasses are her first design project with Dior, a privilege never before granted to one of its house ambassadors, who include Charlize Theron, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence. In October, Rihanna visited Dior’s headquarters on Avenue Montaigne to meet with the eyewear design team going over vintage frames, ultimately picking a style from 2000 as the key reference. In a statement provided by Dior, Rihanna named La Forge from “Star Trek” as her inspiration for the frames.
“I’ve always been obsessed with his eyewear, and when I got to Dior and saw all the materials I could play with, it all just came together,” she said.
In terms of the design process, she said, “The process was pretty seamless. I spent a day at Dior with their eyewear design team. I started by looking through all the archives to see what they’ve done in the past, then got acquainted with all the new materials. I literally sat there and drew and drew until I was happy with the design, and the team illustrated it for me right then and there. We picked materials and colors that same day, and after that it was a matter of weeks before I saw the first prototype.”
Dior’s eyewear designer Mathieu Jamin noted that this was the first time he and his team had worked with a celebrity in a design capacity, but he was impressed with Rihanna’s level of involvement. “She chose all the materials,” Jamin said. “We had a lot of different samples with different effect of metals. She chose all the lenses and took time to match all the colors together to see if it was right on her face. It was really important to her.”
Jamin said the resulting frames are “really strong and something we don’t have in the collection, so it’s unique.”
There is no official campaign to accompany the launch, although Jean-Baptiste Mondino shot Rihanna modeling the frames for a series of in-house editorial images. Dior could not confirm if any further design projects with Rihanna are forthcoming.
All smiles, RiRi was reportedly seen heading to a photoshoot wearing Puma and sunglasses that she designed for Dior. Coming soon! Click here for photos.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards took place Las Vegas on Sunday (May 22).
Rihanna arrived wearing a vintage Spring 1988 Mugler blazer and Manolo Blahnik heels. Visit our Twitter for photos and check back in a few hours for more.
Check out all pictures from the gala in our gallery and watch videos below.
Rihanna sure delivered the most amazing performance of the night by singing “Love On The Brain”. Watch below or here. We love it!
Thanks to fans voting, Rihanna took home the Billboard Chart Achievement Award! Watch her speech below. Great job, Navy!!!
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Rihanna is nominated for five BET Awards this year:
- Video of the Year (“Work”)
- Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
- Best Collaboration (Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”)
- Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award (“Work”)
- Centric Award (“Bitch Better Have My Money”)
The 2016 BET Awards will take place June 26 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. They are the centerpiece of the BET Experience, which takes place June 23-26 at LA Live.
Watch Rihanna at last year’s show:
Rihanna’s “Needed Me” roars 13-10 to become her 29th Hot 100 top 10. With the ascent, she ties Michael Jackson for the third-most Hot 100 top 10s, with the pair trailing only Madonna (38) and the Beatles (34). Rihanna passes Stevie Wonder’s 28 top 10s. (She earned her 28th just a week ago, when Calvin Harris’ “This is What You Came For,” on which she’s featured, debuted at No. 9; this week, the collab drops to No. 15.) “Needed” (like “Work,” from Rihanna’s album Anti) climbs 5-4 on Streaming Songs (17.3 million, up 3 percent); backtracks 23-25 on Digital Songs (35,000, down 6 percent); and debuts on Radio Songs at No. 42 (28 million, up 21 percent). Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, drops 6-8 after logging nine weeks at No. 1.
Rihanna will perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
Rihanna, currently on her ANTI World Tour, will join already announced performers like Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, DNCE, Fifth Harmony, The Go-Go’s, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Britney Spears and Troye Sivan. Plus, Madonna will be on hand to honor Prince.
This year’s ceremony will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 22 from TMobile Arena in Las Vegas. It’ll be hosted by BBMA vet Ludacris and first-time host Ciara and produced by dick clark productions.
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Today they revealed that the new Creepers are coming later this month, on May 26, in three new colors!
Which ones are you getting this time?
The Creepers were originally released in fall 2015 in several waves and sold out within hours each time. Since then, Rihanna and Puma have also dropped trainers with an oversized tongue and faux-fur slides.
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Rihanna is a finalist in the recently announced Billboard Chart Achievement Award category for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards!
This is the ONLY fan voted category for the BBMAs so don’t forget to VOTE! There are two ways you can vote:
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards nominations were announced last month and Rihanna is nominated in 3 big categories:
Top Female Artist
Top R&B Artist
Top R&B Album
Chris Brown, Royalty
Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
Tyrese, Black Rose
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be held May 22 at the brand-new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a live broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Calvin Harris blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 9 with “This Is What You Came For,” featuring Rihanna. The single starts at No. 3 on Digital Songs (123,000), No. 42 on Radio Songs (29 million in its first full week of tracking, following its April 29 arrival) and No. 46 on Streaming Songs (7.8 million).
Rihanna ties for her third-highest debut and, even more notably: Rihanna scores her 28th Hot 100 top 10, tying Stevie Wonder for the fourth-most all-time. Madonna leads with 38, followed by the Beatles (34) and Michael Jackson (29). Rihanna breaks out of a tie with Mariah Carey, Elton John and Janet Jackson, each with 27.
“Work” holds at No. 6. “Work” became Rihanna’s 14th Hot 100 No. 1, placing her in a solo share of the third-most all time, ahead of Michael Jackson (13). The Beatles lead with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (18). “Work” also upped Rihanna past The Beatles for the second-most career weeks at No. 1 (60 to 59). Carey leads 79 total weeks at No. 1.
Rihanna has announced a global scholarship program through her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), which will award scholarships to international and U.S. students going to college in the U.S.
“To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor,” says Rihanna. “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”
In order to be eligible, applicants must be residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, or the U.S., and have already been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the 2016-2017 year.
The scholarship is based on need and the number of students will vary, but the goal is to accept as many students as possible, according to the announcement. Scholarships granted will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.
Applications for the full-tuition grant are open now through June 10, 2016. A committee will screen 50 finalists based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal essay, and the scholarship winners will be announced by August, 2016.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty founded the CLF in 2012 to honor her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, and grants from the organization are used to fund international programs with particular focus on health, education, arts and culture.
All details and eligibility criteria can be found at claralionelfoundation.org.
A limited number of 400 pairs were stocked within each of the London, New York and Hong Kong units. In addition, the web site is taking special orders that will be delivered with a sketch signed by Rihanna and Blahnik. The brand would not provide sales figures or traffic numbers, however.
Kristina Blahnik told WWD sales have been “steady and constant” worldwide, “which is what we expected of a luxury, high-value product and the more-considered purchaser. In fact, when we went live on our microsite, it crashed a few times. It was all up and running again, but the volume of traffic was so high that it has taken us a little bit aback.