Rihanna’s tie-dye ASAI dress goes on sale for first time to raise funds for Black Lives Matter

A pink tie-dye ASAI dress made famous by Rihanna is going on sale for the first time to raise funds for the Black Lives Matter movement.The Umbrella hitmaker drove fans wild when she wore the asymmetric hot pink Hot Wok dress on holiday back in October…

A pink tie-dye ASAI dress made famous by Rihanna is going on sale for the first time to raise funds for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Umbrella hitmaker drove fans wild when she wore the asymmetric hot pink Hot Wok dress on holiday back in October and shared a slow-motion video of her walking to the pool while rocking the custom-made garment on Instagram.

Designer A Sai Ta refused to put the dress on sale after Rihanna’s post, and insisted he would not capitalise on the power of an influencer and collaborator, according to Vogue.

However, in light of the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis last week, the British designer announced he would be putting the Hot Wok dress into a limited production run, with proceeds to be donated to Black Lives Matter, Solace Women’s Aid, and The Voice of Domestic Workers.

“NO ELSE HAS THIS DRESS APART FROM ME AND RIRI 🙂 We will be Producing this iconic dress EXCLUSIVELY For 3 charities ‼️FINALLY YOU CAN ALSO HAVE THIS DRESS AND THE ONLY WAY ‼️#ALL PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THE @badgalriri HOT WOK DRESSES WILL BE FOR @blklivesmatter @solacewomensaid @thevoiceofdomesticworkers,” Ta wrote on Instagram, alongside the viral video Rihanna posted last year.

The dress is available for $376 (£300) until 5 June and can be purchased via direct message or by emailing info@asaita.co.uk.

“I am a Vietnamese-Chinese second-generation refugee into the U.K.,” Ta told Vogue. “People of colour, diversity and cast-out voices have always been central to the building of my brand, so I must speak on the issue and I am committed to always having a voice on it.”

He insisted that he would not be profiting from the sales of the dress.

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Rihanna pauses brands to mark Blackout Tuesday

Rihanna shut down sales at all three of her brands in honour of Blackout Tuesday this week. Blackout Tuesday, a social media campaign which took place on 2 June, was designed to encourage people to stop posting personal content for the day and educate…

Rihanna shut down sales at all three of her brands in honour of Blackout Tuesday this week.

Blackout Tuesday, a social media campaign which took place on 2 June, was designed to encourage people to stop posting personal content for the day and educate themselves on the Black Lives Matter movement and support black voices and businesses, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers on 25 May and the resulting widespread civil unrest throughout the U.S. and beyond.

On Tuesday, Rihanna declared she was participating in Blackout Tuesday and would be temporarily pausing production on her cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, lingerie line Savage x Fenty, and luxury fashion line Fenty.

She posted a black square, the symbol of the campaign, on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “We ain’t buying s**t!!! and we ain’t selling s**t neither!! gang gang! #BLACKOUTTUESDAY AF!!! @fenty @fentybeauty @savagexfenty.”

Customers who visited the websites of the three companies were greeted with a very similar statement in which brand officials outlined the purpose of their business blackout.

“We are not staying silent and we are not standing by,” they commented. “The fight against racial inequality, injustice, and straight up racism doesn’t stop with financial donations and words of support. In solidarity with the Black community, our employees, our friends, our families, and our colleagues across industries we are proud to take part in #BlackoutTuesday.

“Savage X Fenty will NOT be conducting any business on Tuesday, June 2 – globally. This is not a day off. This is a day to reflect and find ways to make real change. This is a day to #PullUp.”

In addition, representatives for her Fenty clothing line announced they will also be donating funds to Color of Change and Movement for Black Lives.

“We ask you to speak up, stand up, and pull up against racism and discrimination in all forms,” they concluded their message.

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Rihanna ‘overwhelmed with sadness’ following George Floyd’s death

Rihanna has spoken out following the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Following the tragic death of the 46-year-old, who died after being pinned to the ground by a police officer who k…

Rihanna has spoken out following the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Following the tragic death of the 46-year-old, who died after being pinned to the ground by a police officer who knelt on his neck and stopped him breathing, people around the world have been coming forward to condemn police brutality.

The Work hitmaker is the latest in a string of famous names to ht out at racially-driven police brutality, writing on Instagram: “For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least!

“Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart,” she continued. “To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!!”

Rihanna added: “I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that f**king normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for ‘drugs’ or ‘resisting arrest’….then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor.”

Cardi B, Lady Gaga and Reese Witherspoon are among the stars who have also spoken out following Floyd’s tragic death.

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Megan Thee Stallion tapped to star in Savage X Fenty campaign

Megan Thee Stallion has been tapped to front the latest campaign for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.The partnership is a natural pairing, not only because of the rapper/singer’s hit single Savage, but also due to her strong sense of personal s…

Megan Thee Stallion has been tapped to front the latest campaign for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.

The partnership is a natural pairing, not only because of the rapper/singer’s hit single Savage, but also due to her strong sense of personal style and promotion of body positivity.

“Meg is the energy we were looking for. She is a risk-taker with an attitude, character, and personality,” praised Rihanna, while Megan added that she was thrilled to be aligned with the label. “I’m so excited to work with a brand that embodies diversity and celebrates women in all their glory.”

The music star posted one of the sensual campaign images to her Instagram account, showing her posed over a leather armchair in a Black Caviar T-shirt Bra and Booty Short which flatter her curves.

Representatives for Savage X Fenty also shared a photo of Megan to the social media site, this time in a Balconette Bra and Side Tie Undie in Yellow Sunflower, alongside the caption: “Classy. Bougie. Ratchet. She a SAVAGE! How TF (the f**k) could we NOT partner with theestallion?! (sic).”

Rihanna co-founded Savage X Fenty in 2018, with the intention of creating a luxury lingerie brand that was inclusive of all body types. The most recent drop comes in sizes 32A – 42H and XS through 3X.

And Megan noted how happy she was to be working with a company that advocated for women of all shapes and sizes.

“In my Savage X Fenty I feel sexy, comfortable, and confident. We want all the hotties around the world to feel good about themselves exactly as they are,” the 25-year-old added.

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Christina Milian recruited boyfriend to shoot Savage X Fenty lingerie images

Christina Milian recruited her boyfriend Matt Pokora to shoot the images for her new Savage X Fenty lingerie campaign.The singer/actress announced in April that she had been tapped as a brand ambassador for Rihanna’s underwear company and uploaded a se…

Christina Milian recruited her boyfriend Matt Pokora to shoot the images for her new Savage X Fenty lingerie campaign.

The singer/actress announced in April that she had been tapped as a brand ambassador for Rihanna’s underwear company and uploaded a series of snaps of her posing in a cobalt blue bra and knicker set with a denim shirt over the top.

But as Christina was practicing social distancing and staying at home during the coronavirus lockdown when her photoshoot was due to take place, she was forced to ask Matt to step behind the camera instead.

“Matt took those first Savage x Fenty photos at home,” the 38-year-old told the New York Post’s Page Six. “All my photos you’ve seen (recently) have either been taken with a self-timer on my phone, Matt’s taken them or (my 10-year-old daughter) Violet’s taken them.”

Christina and Matt are also parents to baby son Isaiah, whom they welcomed in January.

And the Dip It Low hitmaker was thrilled when members of Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty team approached her about appearing in a campaign so soon after she had her little boy.

“Rihanna’s such a great representation of a woman who loves herself, loves her body, is confident and not afraid to show her power. She owns it,” she praised. “I’m happy with my body after baby. My weight fluctuates, especially now; one week I’m keto, the next I’m eating Fritos! But I don’t mind. And I think that’s what she’s looking for: women who love who they are and have confidence.”

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Christian Louboutin loved working with ‘very specific’ Blake Lively for 2018 Met Gala

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion …

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.

In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion event, and said that the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination-themed bash was at the top of his list.

Louboutin worked with the Gossip Girl star, and his longtime friend, as he created footwear to tie in with her show-stopping ornate gold and burgundy Atelier Versace gown.

He even accompanied Blake on the red carpet as her date for the evening, and told the publication that he thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the big night.

“It was a very fun preparation. Blake was really into it,” he recalled. “The dress was really big, so the whole preparation was a lot of fun.”

Louboutin designed two pairs of heeled pumps, with one decorated with passementerie, an intricate style of elaborate trim work, which he created to the actress’s exact requirements.

“(It was) a peep-toe sandal with three layers of different, successive layers of small platforms, which I adorned in a different way every time,” the 57-year-old explained. “(They were) exactly she wanted. She’s very specific. At the end, she was really incredible.”

He also designed Rihanna’s glittering pumps for that year’s Met Gala, which the Umbrella hitmaker teamed with her infamous papal-inspired outfit by Maison Margiela.

“There was so much effort, especially that year, and it was linked to something that I like,” he added. “It was a vision of a very baroque idea of religion… really extravagant in a religious way, which you barely see in reality. It was something out of an incredible movie.”

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Rihanna experiments with purple blusher in summer beauty tutorial

Rihanna has showed fans how she uses a purple blusher in a new beauty tutorial.In a video posted to her Fenty Beauty YouTube channel on Sunday, the superstar demonstrated exactly how she uses several of the latest products from her cosmetics line to cr…

Rihanna has showed fans how she uses a purple blusher in a new beauty tutorial.

In a video posted to her Fenty Beauty YouTube channel on Sunday, the superstar demonstrated exactly how she uses several of the latest products from her cosmetics line to create her favourite “no make-up, make-up look”.

As part of the clip, Rihanna played with the Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Petal Poppin, a soft pink, and Summertime Wine, a berry shade, before pulling out Drama Class – an eye-catching violet colour.

“Look how crazy this colour looks… what is purple going to look like on my cheeks?” she said, before proceeding to dab the pigment on her cheeks. “It’s not scary at all, it’s beautiful and has such a sheer, beautiful effect. It works on every skin tone.”

Rihanna went on to explain that she prefers to use a brush to apply her blusher and has a very specific technique.

“I just like to pat it on (the apples of the cheeks) and then I go in a circle to create that little rosy cheek and then I drag up a little bit into the jawline. If I want more, I do more,” the 32-year-old noted.

Elsewhere in the video, Rihanna gushed over the Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer and insisted that the product is super versatile.

“These products are really light and are meant to be applied anyway you want. But a brush is usually a lot more convenient for me because I’m always in a rush. It’s meant to have a marriage with your make-up, your foundation, your powder – whatever you have on your base. You can use this on your eyes, your cheeks, your forehead,” she smiled.

“When I get to my forehead, I really go in because I have a big forehead. I’m pouring this into my foundation that’s already there, and look, it becomes more like skin than anything else. You can’t tell I have any make-up on… that is something that is very special. When you’re on the beach or just want to wake-up next to your man looking like you don’t have on make-up!”

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Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV dress on her dining table

Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards dress on her dining table the night before the show.During a chat with Karlie Kloss for her No Filter with Naomi YouTube series earlier this week, the British supermodel remembered ho…

Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards dress on her dining table the night before the show.

During a chat with Karlie Kloss for her No Filter with Naomi YouTube series earlier this week, the British supermodel remembered how she called up the New York-based designer with a fashion crisis the night before she had to present Rihanna with an award during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden and he quickly leapt into action to make sure she had something to wear.

“I had to give Rihanna an MTV Award three years ago (sic),” she explained. “Brandon, I called him the night before and said, ‘I’m coming into New York from L.A. and I don’t have a dress’. Brandon came and made the dress on my dining table for that night… He’s amazing.”

The 49-year-old took to the stage wearing a white one-shoulder column dress with a thigh-high split and wore another of his designs – a mint green strapless minidress – on the red carpet. She did not specify which one he made at the last minute.

Karlie then shared a similar story about the designer, recalling how he cut her long white cutout dress following the 2016 Met Gala to turn it into a minidress.

“One year, I went to the Met Gala and wore a dress that he created. For the after-party, he literally took scissors and just chopped it off into a little minidress and I went off to the after-party,” she gushed of her Project Runway co-star. “I think he has this love of women, of wanting to create fashion that really celebrates the female form and makes women feel beautiful and love their curves, love their body. I think Brandon does a great job of that.”

Both models also heaped praise on Maxwell and fellow Project Runway star Christian Siriano for helping make face masks during the coronavirus crisis.

Maxwell listened to their chat and thanked them both for lifting his mood in a lengthy Instagram post.

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Alexa Chung shares star-studded Met Gala throwback snap

Alexa Chung has treated her social media followers to a star-studded throwback picture from the 2011 Met Gala.The fashion designer and Next in Fashion host shared the star-studded snap from the prestigious event, letting her followers see the candid sn…

Alexa Chung has treated her social media followers to a star-studded throwback picture from the 2011 Met Gala.

The fashion designer and Next in Fashion host shared the star-studded snap from the prestigious event, letting her followers see the candid snap she took of Yoko Ono, Rihanna, Salma Hayek, Lauren Hutton, and Stella McCartney in the bathroom at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Ancient maybe even Blackberry photo of a Met Gala bathroom scene,” the 36-year-old captioned the post. “Yoko, Rihanna, Stella, Salma, Lauren. Solid line up.”

In the photo, the Umbrella hitmaker can be seen watching designer McCartney adjusting her black one-sleeved gown, which had a see-through lace side panel, as philanthropist and activist Ono talks while wearing custom Karl Lagerfeld.

Meanwhile, iconic supermodel Hutton can be seen rocking a Giorgio Armani ensemble and taking a drag of her cigarette, while Hayek looks directly into the camera wearing a nude Alexander McQueen gown.

Chung herself wore a short, sheer silver Christopher Kane yoke dress teamed with a matching clutch and black platform heels.

“Put this in the history books,” one Instagram commented on the snap, while another joked, “Somebody hang this in a museum.”

The model hasn’t been the only one to take pictures in the bathroom at the prestigious fashion event. At the time, ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth also shared similar snaps from the toilets of the Met Gala, which featured Rihanna, Ono, McCartney, Hayek, Hutton, and British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander.

The 2020 Met Gala, which was due to take place in May, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rihanna gearing up to launch skincare line

Rihanna has confirmed she is preparing to add a skincare line to her Fenty Beauty brand.In a candid interview with British Vogue, the Barbadian superstar discussed her push for perfection when it comes to her next big project, to be known as Fenty Skin…

Rihanna has confirmed she is preparing to add a skincare line to her Fenty Beauty brand.

In a candid interview with British Vogue, the Barbadian superstar discussed her push for perfection when it comes to her next big project, to be known as Fenty Skin.

“Skincare, it’s the truth. It either works or it doesn’t,” she stated. “There’s nowhere to hide.”

While Rihanna remained tight-lipped about the exact products she will be launching, the collection will undoubtedly complement popular Fenty Beauty products such as the Pro Kiss’r Lip-Loving Scrubstick and the shimmering Body Lava Luminizer oil.

And although the Umbrella singer has a large team assist her at the company, she insisted that she takes a hands-on approach in relation to marketing.

“I just don’t necessarily think their tone is mine. I’d feel like a fraud selling something that I can’t stand by,” the 32-year-old shared, adding that she plays a part in writing the brand’s website copy, product descriptions, product names, and colour names.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rihanna spoke about how she is applying the same level of scrutiny to her fashion house, Fenty Maison.

Founded in partnership with LVMH last year, the company drops new items on its website each month, but not before the star has given her approval for each and every design.

“I refuse to release anything that is not up to par with my quality level,” she added. “The angle of a hem, the size of a sleeve, the stitch… If it’s not the right stitch that I want.”

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