Earlier this week, PUMA made entertainment headlines for naming pop superstar Rihanna its creative director of PUMA Women. The Barbadian songstress has become a contemporary icon in fashion over the last few years, so the recent appointment isn’t all that of a surprise, especially when you consider friends Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys and more have also recently jumped into the world of fashion in creative director roles. In a recent interview with WWD, Rihanna speaks on PUMA, her love for designing, sneakers and plans for 2015. Check out the excerpt below, and head over to WWD for the remaining Q&As.
WWD: What’s the first thing that pops to your mind when you hear Puma?
Rihanna: My childhood. Some of the first sneakers I owned were Puma, and I wore them to death, until they had holes in them. They were sleek running shoes, I had them in pink with the black Puma stripes on the side. They also made them in Jamaican colors and so in the Caribbean it was like: What? Jamaican colors? That was the it-shoe in Barbados — if you didn’t have those, [that was it]. You know how kids are.
WWD: How does music, your core activity, relate to fashion?
Rihanna: Music and fashion go hand in hand. I think music inspires all types of arts; it inspires life, emotion, mood, and all of those things are reflected in my fashion and my style. One doesn’t go without the other.
WWD: How serious are you about your designing career? Are you ready to take it deeper?
Rihanna: I love designing. I’ve always enjoyed it. The thing I love most is the unexpected result between my brand and theirs, the combination, the marriage — it’s like having a baby, you put two things together and all of the sudden it bursts into a new thing. It’s life. At River Island I was able to see stuff come to life, draw up an idea from scratch, and that made me want to take on a bigger challenge. And MAC was an amazing experience — from creating packaging to going through textures. I would love to do cosmetics, because I love beauty: choosing colors, creating shapes. It’s like painting, you just get to play. The same way I treated MAC, I will attack Puma.