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Monday Muse: Rihanna Inspires Emilio Pucci Spring 2014

Rihanna for River Island SS14

Rihanna in London












Rihanna isn’t just a pop star, and she’s definitely come a long way from her S.O.S. days back in the early ’00s. Not only has she shed her good girl image — she’s gone bad, in case you missed it — and her devil-may-care attitude towards fashion and just about everything else has caught the attention of paparazzi and high fashion designers alike. She’s a fashion favorite, having work Tom Ford to the Met Ball, show-stopping gowns to red carpet events and even designed her own line of clothing for British High Street brand River Island. But not only does she wear great clothes (and, we might add, look great doing it) she’s inspired Peter Dundas’ new collection for Emilio Pucci, grounding the high glamour brand with a sense of street and cool that made critics fawn and songstresses everywhere wishing they had even a bit of bad gal Riri’s edge.

Rihanna’s transformation from sweet R&B chanteuse to bonafide fashion icon was as simple as a haircut. When she debuted her new blunt bob with the release of her single “Umbrella,” everyone took notice of her sleek new look. Follow that change with a harder edged album and a practical avalanche of media attention (as well as countless unforgettable red carpet looks) and she was being invited to sit first row at Givenchy, walk the runway at DSquared2 and design her own line. Designers took notice of her ability to seamlessly blend street savvy with high fashion, an ethos that was steadily gaining steam thanks to designers such as Ricardo Tischi, Hedi Slimane and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo. She gained more fashion cred with appearances at Chanel and as her tattoo count went up, so did her gravitas in the industry.

She’s got a collaboration with River Island that’s selling well in England and online and designers are practically drooling to dress her for just about any occasion from shopping in SoHo to movie premieres. Suffice to say she’s hit the big leagues, so it was only a matter of time before her personal style inspired an entire runway show.

Emilio Pucci Spring 2014

Emilio Pucci Spring 2014













Emilio Pucci is a label known for after-dark dressing these days and boasts a heritage that’s all about sunny resorts and island getaways to Capri and St. Barths. Peter Dundas’ latest collection eschews just about everyone’s expectations for the label. Instead of a collection of slit up-to-there gowns or Ibiza-ready maxi-dresses, he showed a heavily embellished collection of street-ready staples that will have his girls looking tougher than usual. Fresh off designing outfits for Rita Ora and Beyonc©’s tours (he doesn’t declare them as muses outright, though we could practically hear the big-voiced divas belting out their hits as the models walked), models were wearing embellished logo hoodies, leather harem pants and plenty of sheer tops that Rihanna herself would be proud to wear. Track pants were paired with laced gladiators and colors clashed in a technicolor homage to the psychedelia of Pucci’s past. There were even gowns made from mesh usually reserved for basketball shorts and actual basketball shorts were shown in a liquid-silver lam©. Fans of the brand’s fun-in-the-sun past might see the collection as too far flung from sandy beaches, but we’re certain that musicians, models-off-duty and more will be spotted trotting off of yachts and walking the cobblestone streets of the Greek isles wearing Dundas’ daring take on outfitting the new jet set.

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Monday Muse: Brigitte Bardot Inspires Isabel Marant

Brigitte Bardot

It doesn’t get more French than Brigitte Bardot. Or iconic, as the actresses image and features have also been used to inspire one of the various incarnations of the bust of Marianne, the female symbol of French liberty.  Few women are as instantly recognizable (see: Marilyn, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, any woman mentioned in Madonna’s “Vogue”) or emulated as Bardot, who inspires everyone from fashion designers to makeup artists. But a sartorial synthesis we couldn’t have predicted was seen on the runway at Isabel Marant, who took the touchstones of Bardot’s go-to look and combined them with an unlikely paramour: Elvis Presley.

Bardot was a model, actress, singer and activist, though few people know that she aspired to be a ballet dancer.(Muses, they’re just like us!). But eventually, she made her movie debut in And God Created Woman. After her big screen appearance, she became one of the most famous women in the world. Her signature look included big hair, thick winged liner and a pervasive French je ne sais quoi that permeated everything from the way she spoke and carried herself to her personal style, which was known for effortless elegance. Bardot was often seen in off-the-shoulder knits and boatneck tops to reflect her St. Tropez jaunts and she was rarely seen without oversize sunglasses. She also popularized the bikini, and images of her sizzling at Cannes in a two-piece still incite fashion mania to this day.

Isabel Marant Spring 2013

Isabel Marant Spring 2013













Like Bardot in her heyday, Isabel Marant is one of the biggest names coming out of France today.

Marant is a fashion darling, creating must-have items every season, including her famed wedge sneakers, studded leather pieces and easy, casual knits that models-off-duty and celebs love just as much as fashion editors.

For spring, Marant sent out a collection that cited Bardot along with Elvis Presley as inspiration, creating looks that combined resort-ready tunics and caftans with gold-accented leather pieces that the King himself would be proud to wear. A strange combination? On paper, yes, but in reality, we spied Bardot go-tos such as the caftan, paired with leather jackets. The combination of tough and soft are a Marant signature. Bardot’s open shoulders coupled with Elvis’ theatricality made for a collection of must-haves that we’re sure to see in street style snaps for seasons to come. But as much as fans love Marant’s work, she doesn’t make it easy to come by. Shoppers have to scour high-end department stores to get a piecemeal offering of her collections or go trek to her Paris and NY boutiques to spy the collections (Net-a-Porter also has a selection). So we all wait with bated breath for her L.A. outpost — reportedly her biggest to date — to open and give the West Coast a big helping of French dressing.

Photos courtesy and Vanity Fair