Rihanna was seen last night where she is often seen when she’s in LA: Giorgio Baldi, her favourite restaurant. And wearing what she’s often seen wearing: a great outfit. This is a white hoodie over white joggers, an excellent oversized blazer coat (that I initially thought was hooded, which would have made it even better), and a Chanel bag. Because the luxury label she’s usually affiliated with is… Dior. And LVMH owns Dior. And partners with her on her own fashion house. And Chanel is a competitor, at least for now. But Rihanna wears and carries what she wants.
In other Rihanna news, did you read the Allure cover story on Pharrell that came out this week? Like Rihanna, Pharrell is launching a skincare line. Fenty Skin is marketed to all people, not just women. And men are definitely buying Fenty for their skin. Via Rolling Stone, “men’s cosmetics and skincare are part of a growing market that’s expected to reach $166 billion by 2022, according to Allied Market Research”. The modern man cares about his pore size, OK? As he should.
Anyway, for Pharrell’s skincare line, called Humanrace (OK, sure), his focus is on “humidifying moisturiser”, based on his experience growing up in humid conditions, he believes that creating a humidifying experience is the key to good skin. I buy that. Whenever I’m in the tropics my skin is excellent. I feel sticky all the time but my skin also glows, like all over – arms, legs, shoulders, and definitely face.
But back to Rihanna… during the Allure interview, Pharrell reveals that he’s working on Rihanna’s highly anticipated, Navy-demanded, upcoming album:
"He and [Chad] Hugo are currently helping engineer the groove for Rihanna’s thirstily awaited ninth album. “Rih is in a different place right now. Like, wow. She’s from a different world.” Williams claims that this world might be Venus, which he supported with recent suggestions that there might be life on Earth’s next door neighbor. “I‘m willing to bet, because Venus is gaseous, that if they had a telescope that could zoom through all that shit, you’d see Rih laying there naked.”
Well, sh-t. I typically don’t understand half the sh-t Pharrell says because that dude is on another enlightened plane but I understood that. I understood it to be the highest, most creative compliment one artist can give to another. Rihanna isn’t of Earth, she is Venus. And Venus is worth waiting for.
Still waiting for.