WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The new Fenty shoe drop features fierce lace-up styles and is available on Farfetch, as well as Fenty.com.
Amina Muaddi and Rihanna bringing the sketches to life. Image courtesy of Fenty.
The ‘Caged in’ sandals in white nappa leather. Image: Instagram @aminamuaddi
It’s been a while since the shoe world received the kind of news that got everyone giddy with excitement.
But it looks like things are finally looking up: Rihanna and Fenty have just released their new shoe line, designed with the footwear world’s brightest star, Amina Muaddi.
The next Fenty release is all about shoes. Designed with Amina Muaddi. Y’all ready?” wrote Rihanna on her Instagram feed.
Shoe fans most certainly are ready for this much-anticipated debut, which is packed with statement shoes and the fierce attitude both Muaddi and Rihanna embody.
It’s been a long time coming after all: Rihanna has been wearing Amina Muaddi ‘Begum’ pumps and ‘Gilda’ sandals more than any other shoes, she has been using Muaddi’s shoes for her unforgettable Savage x Fenty lingerie shows and the duo announced their plans to work together on the Fenty shoe line since last year.
But it was well worth the wait, as the new drop is filled with fresh, va-va-voom styles. Case in point; the ‘Caged In’ sandal, which was the first style Muaddi and Rihanna teased on their feeds, alongside candid pictures of the two of the working together and sharing notes at the Sunset Tower Hotel in LA. It features white napa leather, a sharp square-toe and interlaced straps running all over the foot and all the way up to the knees. It’s not for the faint-hearted but you would never go unnoticed in those shoes.
Amina Muaddi’s lace-up sketch.
The Fenty ‘Caged in’ leather lace-up. Images courtesy of Fenty
Amina Muaddi’s sketch includes her signature crystals.
The Fenty ‘Braid Me Up’, crystal sandal. Images courtesy of Fenty
Shoes will be the focal point of this drop, but ready-to-wear and “multi-functional” jewelry are also in the mix, all referencing the Nineties and a range of youth aesthetics that were formed during times of radical political and cultural reform.
The good news is Muaddi’s collaboration with Fenty is a longterm one, so there will be plenty more fearless, statement pieces to enjoy from these two female power houses in future drops.
As for Muaddi, she is continuing her journey to the top of the footwear world in full force. Her own label’s new summer drop, filled with even bolder crystals, transparencies and all things shiny, is already selling out; she is plotting a new jewelry category for later this year; while fashion search engine platform Lyst has just named her as one of the rising designers shaping the future of fashion and culture, alongside Jacquemus, Pyer Moss, Marine Serre and other great innovators.
Amina Muaddi’s mule drawing.
The Fenty ‘Meshy Mule’ in black. Images courtesy of Fenty
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