2017 Forces of Fashion: Rihanna joins inaugural event

September 5, 2017

Rihanna (Photo by Phil McCarten/CBS)

The following is a press release from Vogue:

What’s a pop superstar with a burgeoning movie career doing on a fashion panel among the likes of John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia? As anyone who reads Vogue knows, the four-time cover girl is more than a chart-busting diva with more online downloads than any other artist and a star of next year’s Ocean’s Eight. She’s a fashion mogul whose every chameleonic outfit change is chronicled online. Indeed, outfits like the sheer, Swarovski-encrusted fishnet number she wore to the CFDAs in 2014, and her electric yellow Guo Pei–designed 2015 Met Gala gown have been known to “break the Internet.” That’s the red carpet, but her off-duty looks are just as influential. Rihanna has brought her glamorous, body-confident sensibility to the sportswear giant Puma, where she’s been the women’s creative director since late 2014. Tickets to her Fenty x Puma shows in Paris were highly prized, not just for the sexy tomboy basics and brilliant best-selling shoes she served up, but also for their unbridled sense of fun. Last March, Slick Woods, Joan Smalls, et al. stormed down the reading tables at the Richelieu-Louvois Library; the season before, Rihanna filtered the extravagance of Versailles with state-of-the-art gym gear. New York Fashion Week will be lucky to have her back next month—don’t miss Vogue’s online coverage of her show on September 10.

All of these topics and much more will be on the table when Rihanna sits down at Milk Studios on October 12. For more information and to buy tickets, visit vogueforcesoffashion.com.

About the Conference:

Forces of Fashion is the first event of its kind: For one day only in New York City, a series of intimate and informative dialogues between some of the most talented designers of today and the editors of Vogue. These will be no holds barred and nothing is off the table conversations; everything about what it means to be designing and working in 2017 is, and will be, up for discussion. You’ve worn and loved what these designers do – now’s your chance meet them, up close and personal.

Ticket availability is limited.

 Opening Remarks

Anna Wintour


Demna Gvasalia, Vetements & Balenciaga

Dries Van Noten

Erdem Moralioglu, Erdem

Francesco Risso, Marni

Heron Preston

John Galliano

Joseph Altuzarra

Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors

Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Chloe

Rihanna, Fenty x Puma

Simon Porte Jacquemus, Jacquemus

Stella McCartney

Victoria Beckham

Virgil Abloh


André Leon Talley

Chioma Nnadi

Hamish Bowles

Kevin Systrom

Luke Leitch

Mark Holgate

Nicole Phelps

Sally Singer

Sarah Mower

Tonne Goodman

Virginia Smith


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