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    Rihanna took socially distant fashion shows to the next level in Savage x Fenty Vol. 2, featuring a strong line up of celebrity guest stars such as Lizzo, Demi Moore, Willow Smith, and more. The show aired on Thursday night and had Twitter and other platforms completely abuzz. Rihanna’s epic hour-long production can now be streamed on Amazon Prime.

    Since the Savage x Fenty show last year, which set new standards for lingerie in a diverse display of body positivity, Rihanna has also included a men’s line and new segments on meditation and sexuality. This year’s production, originally in the works pre-pandemic, has adapted to the shifting tides and taken on new heights. As the camera pauses on performers such as Shea Coulee and Gigi Goode, doing a 360 around them and following closely as they strut the runway, the viewer experience perhaps feels more intimate, more alive than ever. In an interview with the New York Times, Rihanna said, “There’s a lot riding on this… It’s new territory for everyone, including Amazon Prime.”



    Rihanna’s Vol. 2 designs are drawn on in her handwriting with xoxos, hearts, dollar signs, yin and yang symbols, and smiley faces, which are inspired by her relationship to diaries. “I never really had a journal,” Rihanna told the New York Times. “I didn’t even know what I would write in a diary besides doodles.” Her writing, seen on bras, underwear, and briefs, is another way Rihanna is making her mark.


    In addition, the new men’s line brought in guests such as Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Bad Bunny, straying away from Rihanna’s former feminine-focused shows. Yet, with this shift, certain issues did come up, such as the fact that women performers such as Rosalia, Lizzo, and Ella Mai sang in lingerie while Travis Scott and Bad Bunny wore full pants. But Rihanna makes clear her intentions when it comes to gender, sexuality, and empowerment, telling the New York Times, “Sometimes [sexuality is] tainted because you’ve had horrible experiences or been robbed of your own power.” It becomes something “that has to be owned or earned.”

    Savage x Fenty Vol. 2 radiates a particular power compared to previous shows. It adds more depth and nuances to the bodies seen on-screen, angling below, above, and around them, following them. Mirrors, a reoccurring prop in the show, symbolize the perceptions of self and the projections of others, warping reflections but also offering a window into one's truest form. Rihanna reimagines lingerie as a distinct catalyst for power.

    Top image: Screenshot from Amazon Prime's Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2

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    Want to reduce your carbon footprint, support women-owned businesses, and look hella fierce, besides? Shop feminist vintage. Because there’s nothing like putting your money behind your ideologies and getting a bitchin’ outfit while you’re at it. Here are three of our favorite online vintage shops with a conscience—each run by fearless, feminist treasure-hunters. 

    Ten of Cups Vintage 

    tenofcups d4ba8Vintage 1970s Button-Up, $20.80

    Specializing in affordable, size-inclusive fashion, New Orleans-based Ten of Cups is stocked with fun and quirky picks from across the decades by founders (and life partners) Jade Taylor and Ian Kadis. Think brightly colored muumuus, cool band tees, and funky printed sweatshirts. Nothing in the shop is categorized by gender and everything is cleansed with sage, palo santo, or essential oil mists. (A heads up for shoppers with serious animal allergies, they do have two cats.) 


    Lost Girls Vintage 

    lostgirls 7ac201990s Silver Bandeau Gown, $78

    Started in a Winnebago by friends Sarah Azzouzi and Kyla Embrey, Lost Girls is about more than vintage clothes—it’s about “breaking molds,” and living “an unapologetically fearless life of fun and adventure” in a big-ass van that dudes constantly assume Azzouzi and Embrey don’t know how to maneuver (they do). From their Etsy site, pop-up shops around the U.S., the Chicago community shop Humboldt House, this twosome sells everything from Victorian-era garments to ’90s fashion in sizes 00 to 18. 


    Stitch Bitch Vintage 

    stitchbitch 039411970s Printed Shirt, $19.99

    Every item from Brooklyn-based Stitch Bitch Vintage, founded by Ashley Markle, is dedicated to an influential woman—like the beautifully embroidered black kimono dedicated to 18th century Chinese astronomer, mathematician, and poet Wang Zhenyi, or the striped denim flares dedicated to Gloria Steinem. Each piece comes with a hand-drawn illustration and a few facts about the icon it invokes, to make sure the wearer feels as awesome as “the badass bitches” who came before her. 

    By Chris Ciolli

    This article originally appeared in the January/February 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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