Rihanna As Marie Antoinette For CR Fashion Book Fall/Winter 2016 Issue

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Another one! She’s appearing on these fashion publications back-to-back.

Rihanna covers the September 2016 issue of W magazine (see it here). Now the international popstar is posing as Marie Antoinette for the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Carine Roitfeld‘s CR Fashion Book. Famed photographer Terry Richardson lensed the shoot, and Carine Roitfeld styled it.

The “Work” singer styles pieces from Dilara Findikoglu, Pannier Le Vestiaire, Dior and Kunza Corsetorium for this issue. Riri‘s Fall/Winter 2016 CR Fashion Book issue will be available on newsstands beginning September 15.

Below are some excerpts:

In order to understand why Rihanna is the perfect cover star for our Fall/Winter issue, our ninth edition, you must understand the issue’s theme. CR9 is entirely dedicated to one of history’s most controversial and misunderstood heroines: Marie Antoinette. In fact, her most famous quote, “let them eat cake,” was never actually uttered by the Queen and has, over time, been attributed to her by mistake. It was this lack of understanding, as much as her notoriously over-the-top personal style, that moved Carine.

“I wanted to show that she is not just a villain to be despised or a muse to be channeled,” says Carine. “She is neither, actually. She is a prototype for contemporary fame, body, beauty, celebrity, and femininity. Everything done by her and to her has influenced society’s concept of womanhood, for better or worse.” Looking at the life and times of Marie Antoinette, we begin to see parallels between her and the female celebrities of today. Who besides our modern pop stars are followed with more obsession and desire? Rihanna is beloved while Marie Antoinette was not, but she shares with the Queen an unapologetic attitude that inspires and fascinates. She says what she wants, smokes what she wants, and wears what she wants, making her an icon of authenticity in an era of calculated, pre-baked fame.

For our cover, Carine and Terry Richardson reimagined Rihanna as a modern-day Marie Antoinette. And there couldn’t be anyone more fit for this role of the disparaged yet deeply compelling Queen. “In this issue, I wanted to capture that sense of attraction and repulsion: the fantasy of glamour but also the poison and prison of femininity and society,” Carine explains. “The magazine is crafted around key elements of her [Marie Antoinette’s] life—her exuberant sense of fashion, her elaborate hairdos, her intense sexuality—almost like a modern biography through fashion imagery. And on the cover is Rihanna, who shares with Marie Antoinette an air of royalty that I, and the world it seems, find intoxicating.”

In related Riri news, last night Tuesday (September 6), she hosted her Fenty x Puma By Rihanna Collection pop-up shop at Bergdorf Goodman and Six:02. We also reported that “Rihanna is rumored to be eyeing the City of Lights for her next collection. It’s rumored that Riri will show her second installment during Paris Fashion Week this September (see it here).


Photos Credit: Terry Richardson


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Donovan is the CEO and Founder of www.dmfashionbook.com. For all general inquiries please email don@dmfashionbook.com Donovan has a BA in Journalism & Media Studies from the prestigious Rutgers University. He's currently studying entertainment and fashion law.