Heavenly Pink

Heavenly Pink (PANTONE 12-1305) has long been a typically ultra-feminine nuance. is not surprising, therefore, if it is the dominant shade of Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma SS17, mixing historical references with contemporary streetwear and inspired by the last Queen of France Marie Antoinette.

I wanted them to feel like this is what Marie Antoinette might wear to the gym, or play tennis in.

— Rihanna

Not just for dolls, ballerinas and bridesmaids anymore. In 1980s powder pink came back in all rage on power suits, becoming the armor of working women. This kind of feminine power, specifically American, was the inspiration of the costumes designed by Nolan Miller for Dynasty.

With this in mind, you have to admit that Marie Antoinette at the gym is a pretty good concept.

When you look at the collection, it’s easy to see what Rihanna was going for: you’ve got the lace and silk, the bustiers and corsets, the diamonds and pearls borrowed from Marie Antoinette blended with deconstructed hoodies and tracksuits, baseball caps, bucket hats and doo-rags, and chunky-soled trainers drawn from the present day. It was a clever and very zeitgeisty blend of high-end, historical tropes and casual, wearable ones informed by contemporary streetwear. The whole range was perfectly epitomised in the outfit Rihanna herself wore to take her final bow: a blush pink tracksuit-slash-ball-gown paired with a pearl choker. Modern-day royal attire for a modern-day queen.

— Dazed

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