A Potential Icon

December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

My favourite of Rihanna's incursions into the editorial world, photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Lori Goldstein for the February 2010 issue of W.

Since Rihanna bleached her hair and got that spiky cut as a part of her new look for the Rated R album, I started to notice a great unexplored fashion potential to the singer. With the right grooming and support, she could become a contemporary counterpart for Grace Jones’ daring, edgy looks in the 80s.

The industry seemed to notice that, too. She turned into a regular in major magazines, tapping the pages of W, Vogue Italia and Interview, attended to Chanel, Givenchy and Jean-Paul Gaultier shows, to name a few, is scoring several best-dressed lists (Anna Dello Russo’s included) and now there are galloping rumours that she’s about to launch her own clothing line scouted by Topshop.

But in order to become iconic, one has to bear a strong, recognizable approach – and I think her blonde period was an auspicious opportunity for such accomplishment. Even if she managed some nice outfits with her current ginger hair, her previous look was a more promising canvas to push the boundaries of fashion.

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