Five times Rihanna wore UK designers

Five times Rihanna wore UK designers

by Ollie Cox
4 min

Rihanna knows how to dress, which comes with the territory of being one of the most talked about musicians in the world. But when you’re one of the biggest in the business, and very little is off the table regarding fashion, what do you wear? While heavy-hitting mega-brands like LOEWE, Louis Vuitton, Alaïa, and Gucci aren’t off the table, some of Rihanna’s go-to fashion moments have come from some of the UK’s emerging designers. 

She’s been papped in Martine Rose, publicly shared her love for Jawara Alleyne, sent the internet wild in lockdown wearing A Sai Ta, and sworn by Supriya Lele’s colour-spooked minimalism. With the help of her stylist Jahleel Weaver, and a genuine love of quality clobber, Rihanna has set herself apart from the pack by picking out pieces designed by some of the UK’s best design talent. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favourite Riri-approved Britain-based designers for your pleasure. 

Jawara Alleyne 

Graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2020, the Caymanian-Jamaican designer’s reference-heavy abstraction cooks up a fashionable storm each season. Jawara Alleyne the designer behind that Riri blunt look and has been a go-to for the musician in recent years. His namesake label was launched in 2021 under Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East initiative, and took London Fashion Week by literal storm with his off-schedule collection inspired by memories of Hurricane Ivan in his “Eye of the Storm” show. 

A Sai Ta 

Remember the slow-motion video of Rihanna donning the A Sai Ta Hot Wok dress? We haven’t stopped thinking about it either. The London-based designer incorporates bold prints and subversions of Asian iconography into his work and has previously collaborated with Fenty. But the designer’s credentials go beyond this, and are the product of time spent on the shop floor, studying women’s retail habits, as well as time spent mastering quality tailoring with The Row, and high-end athleisure at Yeezy. 

Martine Rose

It’s hard to find someone who can resist Martine Rose’s mega mix of superb sportswear, tantalising tailoring, and solid storytelling, and Rihanna is as hooked as the rest of us. She’s been spotted donning track jackets, footie tops, and belted puffer coats from the London label. Martine Rose will forever be cool with its subcultural subversions of the every day, which gets eaten up every season, so it’s hardly surprising that Rihanna is on-board. 

Maximilian Davis

You might know Maximilian Davis for his role as Creative Director at Ferragamo, but back when he was designing for his namesake label, Rihanna was all over his designs. Just look at this snap of her wearing Davis’ SS22 collection. Davis’ narrative-driven tailoring quickly set him apart from the crowd, which resulted in his semi-finalist position of the LVMH Award in 2022. 

Supriya Lele 

With a focus on female form and her British-Indian heritage, Supriya Lele’s pared-back minimalist designs have found their way into Riri’s wardrobe. Rihanna wore a Supriya Lele oversized biker jacket in a Fenty Beauty campaign, cementing her love for the brand. After making her London Fashion Week debut in 2017, her cross-cultural examinations go down a storm each season. 

Cover image courtesy of Agency 11

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