Check out Rihanna on set of her cover shoot for Paper Magazine.
Rihanna has become a regular on the Fashion Week schedule thanks to her clothing partnerships with Puma and River Island, plus she launched a sell-out shoe range with Manolo Blahnik. Now she is flexing her design muscles in a very different direction: high jewellery.
The singer has joined forces with the Swiss luxury-jewellery and watch maison Chopard on haute joaillerie and joaillerie collections.
“I have always been in love with Chopard’s exquisite jewellery, so to actually design collections with them is something I still can’t believe,” says Rihanna. “It was a really incredible process and I learned so much. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
The 29-year-old worked closely with Chopard’s co-president and creative director Caroline Scheufele on pieces that “blend urban chic with classic glamour”. The two collections were inspired by Rihanna’s “island roots – the lush gardens of Barbados and the electricity of Carnival”, describes a press release from Chopard.
The first collection, of minimalist geometric joaillerie, features nine pieces crafted from 18 carat rose ethical gold mixed with a jungle-green shade hand-picked by Rihanna; it will be unveiled in full later this month and will be available to purchase in June, with pre-orders online now at chopard.com.
The second range – the haute joaillerie collection – will debut in May as part of the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, to celebrate Chopard’s 20th year as the official partner of the world-famous movie event. Rihanna gave us a preview at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, wearing a pair of floral-inspired chandelier earrings and a marquise-cut diamond ring from the capsule collection.
“Rihanna and I collaborated closely on the collections so you can feel her unstoppable energy, strong creativity, and inherent sense of design in every piece,” says Scheufele. “With her unique style, she redefines the way people see and wear jewellery.”
Only Madonna has more all-time.
Rihanna racks her 29th career topper on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated April 8), as “Sex With Me” storms 3-1. Although a midtempo number in its original form, “Sex” sauntered into clubland via remixes from John Blake, MK and Ray Rhodes, among others.
In the race for the most No. 1s in the chart’s 40-year history, Rihanna remains second only to Madonna, who has earned a record 46. Late last year, Rihanna was honored as the No. 3 Dance Club Artist in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time recap of Dance Club Songs’ first 40 years.
“Sex” is the fifth leader from Rihanna’s album ANTI, following “Work” (featuring Drake, April 23, 2016), “Kiss It Better” (Aug. 6, 2016), “Needed Me” (Aug. 20, 2016), and “Love on the Brain” (Jan. 21, 2017). Amid that run, Rihanna, featured on Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” also rolled to No. 1 last July 9. That track enjoyed a rare two-week stay at the top while on its way to becoming the No. 1 song of 2016.
Rihanna is the first artist to bank as many as five No. 1s from an album since Katy Perry also landed five from PRISM in 2013-14. And, in the span since “Work” went to No. 1, Rihanna has scored six leaders, while no other act has churned out more than two.
Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:
19, Janet Jackson
17, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
16, Jennifer Lopez
16, Katy Perry
15, Donna Summer
14, Dave Aude
14, Enrique Iglesias
14, Lady Gaga
13, Whitney Houston
13, Kylie Minogue
This year’s Parsons School of Design Benefit has a high-wattage star attached: none other than Bad Gal RiRi herself. Rihanna will be honored — alongside Eileen Fisher and Neiman Marcus — at the school’s 69th annual benefit, taking place on May 22 at Pier 60.
“Parsons is proud to present Rihanna with this honor, as she has inspired millions through her powerful music and distinct style,” said Joel Towers, the school’s executive dean, in a statement. “She has championed our recent alumni on a number of occasions by wearing their designs. She is also creating important philanthropic programs, which support communities by fostering effective education, health, and emergency response programs around the world through her Clara Lionel Foundation.”
“It’s such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honor,” Rihanna said in the statement. “I consistently find creative and exciting designs coming from Parsons alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school.” (She’s worn pieces by several recent grads, including Matthew Adams Dolan and Melody Ya Jun Lin.) “But I am especially grateful that Parsons would recognize me for the work I’ve done in regards to philanthropy.”
It’s not the only laurel she’s gotten recently for her charity work: Harvard named her its Humanitarian of the Year last month, an award she accepted with an immortal ponytail flick.
Read more about this year’s honorees on Parsons.
Rihanna’s past showings for the PUMA saw a haunted forest meets hall of mirrors, complete with goth-ified Hadids, for her debut in New York, and last season she featured modern day Marie Antoinettes. For Fall 2017, Rihanna upped the ante, (the Anti, if you prefer), as she took over Paris’ Richelieu-Louvois Library for a show that read equal parts runway (models walked top of long desks, rather than the traditional catwalk) and detention—except you actually wanted to be here. Here, in a video premiering exclusively on W, Rihanna explains the inspiration for the show.
“It’s a huge library, and I couldn’t think of anywhere better for the theme of this collection: back to school,” the singer explains in the two minute clip. “All the cliques, all the lunch tables, all the different personalities and attitudes and looks and styles and energies. I’m really excited about it.”
The video also provides a backstage look at the so-called Fenty Class of 2017, which is filled with the season’s most buzzed about models. Appearing in the clip are Joan Smalls, Slick Woods, Grace Elizabeth, Stella Maxwell, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Dilone, all of whom appear both on the runway, as well as just before, receiving final touch ups from the designer.
Also making an appearance? None other than Cara Delevingne, a Rihanna bestie and upcoming co-star: the two will also appear on-screen together, alongside Dane DeHaan, in this summer’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The model-turned-actress is seen running backstage post-show as one of the many clamoring to give their congratulations.
Rihanna went live on Instagram for 45 minutes during the premiere of her Bates Motel episode last night (March 20th). She commented her own acting in the show and interacted with fans by answering questions.
Rihanna plays a Marion Crane who is a modern version of the character, one who fits perfectly, and specifically, into Norman Bates’s ever more rapid descent into madness — and one who was customized for Rihanna’s casting.
“I think the fun thing about television is that you’re in the tailoring business,” showrunner Carlton Cuse says. “If you’re doing your job well, you’re writing your show to fit the person that you’ve cast. We knew we wanted to do Marion Crane; we just didn’t want to do a carbon copy of Janet Leigh. We were thinking a lot about who we could get, and then the Rihanna opportunity popped up, and it was like, ‘Oh, this is the perfect solution.’ She has such a different vibe and is so contemporary and so strong and so engaging. Once we knew it was Rihanna, we executed the script with her in mind.”
Tune-in at 10 ET/PT for Rihanna’s second appearance as Marion Crane on March 27.
Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” has reached the top five on Billboard Hot 100, becoming her 22nd top five hit! “Love on the Brain” bumps 6-5 on the Hot 100, hitting a new peak. The song is Rihanna’s 22nd top five hit, breaking her out of a fifth-place tie with Elvis Presley (who tallied 21 top fives after the Hot 100’s 1958 inception; his career predates the Hot 100, as he first hit Billboard charts in 1956). The only artists with more top five Hot 100 hits than Rihanna:
The Beatles (29)
Mariah Carey (26)
Janet Jackson (24)
Airplay continues to drive the ballad most heavily, as it keeps at No. 3 on Radio Songs (107 million, essentially even week-over-week).