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Rihanna’s Anti world tour just kicked off in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 12, but the singer’s wardrobe is already chock-full of custom designs, like a lace-up Adam Selman bodysuit and a glittery Armani Prive jumpsuit for the show’s finale.
But it’s the star’s belted, hip-high Giuseppe Zanotti boots that feel like they’re truly for RiRi’s legs only. And they are: Zanotti worked with the star and her longtime stylist Mel Ottenberg to create the custom chaps, which are made of a cream-colored and ruched canvas and include a belt and loops to hold them up at the waist.
“They are creative and innovative minds; they know exactly what they want,” says Zanotti of Rihanna and Ottenberg (who have worked together for more than six years). “It was fun to interpret their needs (for the tour) and translate their vision into reality.”
Zanotti says he and his team worked closely with Rihanna’s to get the right look and fit, a process that took approximately three months. “We worked hard to find the right balance between an outstanding performance piece and a comfortable option for the stage,” says the designer. That balance likely includes the sturdier stacked heel in place of Zanotti’s infamous (and potentially treacherous) stiletto — which the star opted for in the designer’s gold gladiator version for her dancehall-themed “Work” video.
The collaboration is another entry on Rihanna’s already experienced design résumé, which most recently included her capsule collection of denim-themed footwear with Manolo Blahnik and the Fenty x Puma ready-to-wear line, which debuted at New York Fashion Week last month. While the star has yet to wear designs from either of those collections, we’re betting they’ll make an appearance at one of her 60-plus remaining tour stops.
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