On June 2, Rihanna’s influential style will be solidified at the CFDA Fashion Awards, where she will be honored with the “Icon Award.” The Council of Fashion Designers of America have labeled the provocateur “fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memory” for her ever evolving looks. Like her predecessors Iman, Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman and Kate Moss, she’s covered countless glossies and set off seasonal trends. However, the question still remains–is she truly an “icon?”
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VIBE Vixen: What is your definition of a fashion icon?
Bevy Smith: I always like that she wears things with confidence and attitude–it works. She’s a fashion icon because she goes her own way, takes the risk, and when you take a risk in fashion, that means you are going do something that has not been tried before and when you do that, a lot of times you’re going to have mishaps. That is part of being a fashion visionary.
Miss Lawrence: A fashion icon to me is someone like Rihanna–I think that she definitely has earned it. I think that she came along and pretty much galvanized pop culture with her style sensability and turning into being a fashion designer of her own. I think she owns absolutely everything she puts on and she’s always effortlessly chic.
Derek J: Well, in my eyes a fashion icon is a person that exudes personal style. For me, I am very proud of Rihanna for getting this award, but I don’t think she has reached icon status yet. The reason I feel like that is because when it comes to being an icon, their style goes through generations, people know about that person before they even know who that person was. I think she is on her way to become an icon, but do I think she is iconic yet? No.
Do you think it’s a matter of time?
Derek J: It’s just a matter of time and I think it’s a matter of evolution of style. When it comes down to style, Naomi Campbell is an iconic styled woman.
Can you remember the first time you saw Rihanna’s style evolving?
Bevy Smith: Once she got out of that video vixen look of the blonde hair weave– the broke r&b chick look–she kind of stepped out on Good Girl Gone Bad. That was definitely the canvas of her style and stepping into her own on all levels. Style is just as important as talent when you are trying to break out the box.
Derek J: Find out who that inner person is in you and who you really feel comfortable being. Now, a lot of women know who that person is, but they just don’t feel like that’s the right person to be, so what I tell people to do is name that person. If you want to be this really hood rat chick, then be that girl. If you’re more of that classy and reserved lady, then figure out who that chick is and name her. I think that they get so caught up in what people’s perceptions are of them and they second guess what to do because they’re wondering what so and so is thinking of them. That shouldn’t even matter. If it makes you feel good, it doesn’t really matter.
Bevy Smith: Every season you go, look at what the trends are and then you see how your body type , your finances and your spirit can fit to the trends. Don’t opt your personal style just to be on trend. For instance, everyone is wearing overalls, right? That is a really big trend, but I cant wear overalls. But to still be in the denim trend, I got a gorgeous denim pencil skirt. I’ll be part of the trend, but in my own way.
What is on trend this spring?
Well, definitely you need to consider your hair texture, your facial shape and your lifestyle. Those are definitely three things you need to consider. Then you want to move into manageability, but I support change 100%.