Articles - August 2017


“We just had an absolutely incredible meeting with the president and the first lady,” pop-star Rihanna told reporters, “they were incredibly welcoming to us.” She wasn’t referring to the Trumps, but rather, French President Emmanuelle, and his wife, Brigitte, after her July visit in Paris as ambassador of the Global Partnership for Education.

Brigitte Macron welcomed Rihanna at the entrance to the Elysee Palace, the French presidential residence—a rare compliment—and her meeting with the president lasted more than an hour in which the main topic was “education from global aspects,” said Rihanna, who spearheads a foundation to educate girls in developing countries. During her visit with the Macrons, the style-conscious French couple praised her commitment, but took exception with her outfit, particularly her oversized, asymmetric grey jacket. The government spokesman delicately called it “a little too ample.”

Rihanna’s outfit prompted quite a few remarks, but she’s a smart lady so perhaps more thought was put into this accoutrement than what meets the eye. The singer is not called a style chameleon for nothing. Rihanna’s accomplishments are many and is universally known for her beautiful voice, possessing a unique pitch that goes higher than most singers. However, these days, she is contributing in a higher way by bringing global attention to those less fortunate in emergent nations. She’s taking her worldwide platform to new levels and with great deliberation successfully communicating the importance of education internationally.

The Macrons don’t invite people to their estate whimsically. They want to assist in Rihanna’s efforts towards educating girls by bringing greater awareness to this admirable enterprise. Could it perhaps be Rihanna’s outfit was a paradoxial subliminal message attempting to portray respect, honor and deference, not only towards the french first couple, but for the female gender at large? Clearly, she did have a communiqué and it’s conceivable that her attire was actually a hidden effort toward an ecumenical movement concerning the topic of education. It certainly did get the press talking about the subject.

Either way, put any type of clothing on Rihanna, and whatever the cause, she’ll bring increased recognition and this time, it’s for a noteable and praiseworthy purpose.

Earlier in the summer, she was the center of attention at the Cannes Film Festival party hosted by the high-end Chopard jewelers, appearing in a classic, black tulle wrapped Ralph and Russo gown and Chopard bling from a collection she designed with the brand’s creative director, Caroline Scheufele. The guests included Czech model Eva Herzigova in a pair of 18k white gold earrings set with 51.6 carats of diamonds and a matching white and gold bracelet from the Chopard collection. Others attending were Portuguese model Sara Sampaio; Canadian fashion model Winnie Harlow; Brazilian model and actress Adriana Lima; American fashion models Bella Hadid, Tina Kunakey and Kendall Jenner; American actress Julianne Moore; International stylist Erica Pelosini; and Australian fashion model Andreja Pejic, among others.

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