Amina Muaddi was impressed with Rihanna's work ethic as they joined forces for their upcoming Fenty footwear collaboration.
The coveted shoe designer, who has celebrity fans including Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, has teamed up with the Grammy-winning singer on a collection for her LVMH fashion house, Fenty.
Rihanna was already a huge fan of Amina's shoes, which feature a unique kick-flare heel, and she revealed it was an "organic" collaboration, which began when Fenty's deputy creative director Jahleel Weaver brought her onboard.
"Rihanna’s so warm and open to ideas – that’s what struck me the most. She’s up for trying things and not scared of risks. Ri tries the products on and tests them on herself – it’s cool to see that she cares how she feels when wearing them," Amina told British Vogue.
"I obviously love Rihanna for both her music and her talent, (but also) for her iconic style. I have a lot of admiration for her. Ri was always wearing my shoes and I was wearing Fenty. So we were supporting each other; we have mutual respect for each other’s work. When Jahleel asked me if I wanted to be part of their project, of course, I said yes.”
Amina has fond memories of working with the Umbrella hitmaker, and her right-hand man Jahleel, while creating the hotly-anticipated capsule collection.
She also redesigned her signature heel for the Fenty collaboration, and was inspired by an industrial, rather than feminine, aesthetic instead.
"I wanted to make something completely different – four styles that I felt would be easy to wear and reflect the Fenty DNA, but would also be strong and unique. This time I had this industrial feel in my head, and columns and buildings," she shared.
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