Even by Rihanna’s high standards, this was breathtaking.
After debuting her Fenty Beauty makeup line earlier this week, Rih staged a NYFW show like we’ve never seen before on Sunday night, when she brought BMX riders, millennial pink mountains and a parade of futuristic athletic wear to Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory for her Fenty x Puma spring 2018 runway show.
In stark contrast to the standard-issue runway Tom Ford set up at the venue days before, Rihanna’s team transformed the room into a glittering pink mountain range, with pastel peaks made of sand rising from the floor.
As if the setting wasn’t stunning enough, the show opened with a scene that deserves to go down in NYFW history, featuring four high-flying motorcyclists somersaulting over the mountains, coming scarily close to the light rigs mounted on the ceiling.
Once the bikers safely landed, the presentation began of Rih’s futuristic-yet-wearable visions of athlesure and swimwear, in front of an audience including Ashley Graham, Cardi B, Whoopi Goldberg, Ty Dolla $ign, Offset, Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Joey Bada$$ and more.
The BMX inspirations extended to the many brightly-colored biker suits seen on the runway, alongside wide-legged pants, off-the-shoulder spandex, oversized jackets, clunky creepers and high-heeled flip flops.
The show concluded with the models circling the mountains as the bikers zoomed over their heads, ending with Rihanna herself on the back of a bike, circling the crowd and waving. It was an iconic finish to an unforgettable night.