“Rihanna came with her own mental mood board, channeling the power of Grace Jones and the sophistication of Josephine Baker,” writes Stefano Tonchi in W’s September issue. In a dramatic shoot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the CFDA Style Icon lives up to her billing in wild-child looks from Alexander McQueen and Comme des Garçons — not to mention fierce accessorizing in the form of a dramatic septum ring by the brand Meadowlark. Also in the issue, one of Rihanna’s biggest fans, Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, poses with the pop star and two of his other muses: Naomi Campbell and Iman. “These women are inspiring to so many different people, the 28-year-old phenom says. “Bringing them together represents the concept I’m working toward.” When it comes to assembling a trio of muses, you really couldn’t pick a better lineup.
Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot/W Magazine