Rodarte | Emilio Pucci | Gareth Pugh
Rihanna shoots the “Fly” music video with Nicki Minaj:
We’ve recapped several of Rihanna’s music videos here on Rihanna Overdose even the ones from her infamous Rated R Era (here). In this week’s installment of Vintage RiRi, we’ll be covering one of Rihanna’s collaborative videos from friend and hip-hop artist, Nicki Minaj. The “Fly” music video was shot in January of 2011 and saw it’s release in August of the same. Sanaa Hamri directed the video which saw the couture-dressed ladies rise above what seemed to be hopeless destruction into what turned out to be only a disastrous end opening the way for a flourishing new beginning.
Watch the “Fly Music Video”
Within seconds of the end of Nicki’s first verse in the video, Rihanna emerges singing her part of the chorus wearing an ensemble from Rodarte’s Spring 2010 Collection. The designers behind the label said this collection was built off their keen interest in futurism and the Death Valley. The one half of the sister duo, Laura Mulleavy, said they ‘ruined everything’ for their collection by aging, painting, burning, shredding, sandpapering, and otherwise destroyed all of the materials—including grungy scraps of plaid, plastic, cheesecloth, wool cobweb, crystals, macramé, leather and more until they were only fragments of the original. From that vision, we find Rihanna’s Hand Knit Crochet Fringe Dress on the runway. You can check out the entire collection below.
Review: Rodarte’s Spring 2010 Collection
On her feet, Rihanna wore a pair of heels from designer, Emilio Pucci’s Fall 2010 Collection. These heels are red crocodile material and feature six different buckles — two along the ankle, two mid-way on the foot and two more at the top of the foot. You can review the entire runway collection for this particular season below.
Rihanna’s second look for the video was actually a top used as a dress! Rihanna’s no stranger to such a style risk and for this video she executed it flawlessly in a white and silver number from Gareth Pugh’s Spring 2011 Collection. This collection didn’t stray far from Pugh’s well-known futuristic aesthetic. He created flowing kimono shapes that were cut from nylon printed with aluminum to give the pieces a two-way mirror effect. He also used rubberized neoprene to added a snake-like futurism to the tops and pants. Rihanna’s top is made of stretch leather and features a close fit and long sleeves. The top also offers an exposed two-way zipper. Check out all of the runway pieces below.