Flowers, fetish-wear and hot pants, oh my! Rihanna
launched her Loud
tour with an explosion of outré fashion earlier this month.
Responsible for the stage gear is stylist Mel Ottenberg, who wrangled independent designers including Jeremy Scott
, Threeasfour and Tom Binns to dress the singer. He spoke with The Cut
about the detailed costumes, including one high-waisted bikini
custom-embellished by rhinestone king Tom Binns.
The bikini is an insane asylum, he said or the ensemble hidden under this Jeremy Scott blue lamé trench. I wanted to use Tom Binns jewelry
, but then I thought, Lets have him collaborate on an outfit. And Tom was game. Adam Selman made the bra and panties. We fit it four times on Rihanna to make it fit in that incredible way that hugs her curves. Once the fittings were completed we gave it to Tom to paint. When you see that thing in person its the most incredible f***ing thing.
Ottenberg blended pieces from emerging designers with established names to create Rihannas looks. The white S&M bodysuit she wore to the Billboard Music Awards came from Ottenbergs boyfriend, Adam Selman, while Oscar de la Renta
created the thigh-high white leather boots.
Jeremy Scott constructed a military-inspired looka shimmering silver dress
that moves like it's embellished with o