Fenty Beauty: The latest venture in Rihanna’s growing empire

This month has been a busy one for everyone’s favourite bad gal and the mogul that is Rihanna. On 8 September she launched her much anticipated Fenty Beauty line worldwide (sadly not in SA) and since then, it’s been met with rave reviews from the beauty blogger and vlogger world, as well as coveted high fashion titles like Vogue and Harpar’s Bazaar – proving once again that anything Rihanna touches turns to gold.

According to the Bajan beauty, she wanted to create a makeup line that would allow women of all skin tones, races, cultures and ethnicities to feel represented. With an impressive 40 shades of PRO FILT’R foundation in yellow, red and even green undertones and skin sticks in 30 shades, Rihanna has placed a spotlight on the much-needed discussion of inclusivity – and exclusivity in the beauty industry, particularly when it comes to darker skin tones.

We love how the Fenty Beauty campaign celebrates diversity, featuring rising supermodels who are breaking the mould with their unique looks and non-conformist attitude. South Sudanese model Duckie Thot and Halima Aden, the world’s first hijabi fashion model appear in the trailer, which of course has Riri’s signature street-style and urban aesthetic all over it.

Just days after the launch, Rihanna showcased the spring/summer 2018 collection for her Fenty X Puma clothing line at New York Fashion Week – her fourth range for the collab and as usual brought some excitement to the runway, this time with an edgy motor-cross theme giving us bright neon colour schemes, large zippers, chunky chains and her usual IDGAF attitude.

Her avant-garde and ready-to-wear looks have not only solidified her name in fashion, but earned her an accolade from the prestigious Parson’s School of Design, honouring her influence and work in design as well as her philanthropic efforts earlier this year. Not to mention, back in 2014 Rihanna won the CFDA Icon Award for her trail-blazing personal style.

But it is the ever popular Fenty X Puma Slides and Creepers that show continuous growth and innovation. The furry slippers are not just for lazy days indoors anymore, while the creeper has been released in a range of different colourways (with a new style dropping 14 September – same day as the Diamond Ball!). The sneaker’s clean design, universal appeal and strong global sales earned it Shoe of The Year title from Footwear News in 2016, making Rih the first woman to ever receive the award.

Did we mention she’s also a music icon? And let’s not forget the Humanitarian of the Year award she received in Feb from Harvard University.

Ri’s definitely been busy and shows no sign of slowing down. She even hinted at a Fenty furniture line in a recent interview, saying “Anything that’s creative, I’ll try it.” Whatever it is, we know it’s going to be amazing, as she continues to dominate every industry she tries her hand at.

5 spots in Cape Town for a girl’s brunch this Women’s Day

A day to spoil (and thank) the favourite ladies in your life, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite brunch spots around the Cape for an ultra special Women’s Day outing.

1. Lola’s

On the corner of Long and Buitenkant Street, Lola’s is the resident lunch and breakfast spot to a bustling inner city crowd. We love the artsy-bistro vibe and minimalist aesthetic through its neutral colour palette and eclectic décor. Combined with a wholesome breakfast menu, Lola’s makes the perfect eatery for an elegant brekkie with the girls. Try the scrumptious sweetcorn fritter stack or order a cheeseboard or Mezze platter to share.

2. La Belle Bistro & Bakery at The Alphen Boutique Hotel

La Belle Bistro and Bakery sits amid plush greenery and old oak trees at The Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia.  This charming café serves some pretty amazing freshly-baked goods and sports an extensive tea list. We’re sure your Women’s Day brunch will spill over to mid-afternoon thanks to the cosy atmosphere and beautiful views. Plus, their buttermilk pancakes are to die for too.

3. Four & Twenty

With its relaxed ambiance and chic Parisian theme, we’ve singled out Four & Twenty as one of our top spots to share a few giggles with the girls, while the quirky décor makes for some cool photo opportunities. The all-day breakfast menu features light meals, delicious bakes as well as some great vegan and gluten-free options. Indulge in the sweet breakfast “hot-dog” – a honey butter-brushed croissant stuffed with roasted banana, topped with strawberry coulis, fresh strawberries and a dollop of mascarpone – yum.

4. Lily’s Restaurant

Stylish and sophisticated, recently opened Lilly’s restaurant is comprised of delectable breakfast food and feminine, luxe interiors. A list of nutritious food offerings cater to a range of dietary requirements – great for the health-conscious foodie in your group. But with options such as the ‘Espresso Yourself’ molten lava cake with salted caramel centre, you can be sure they excel in the sweet department too.  This laid-back space is contemporary and cool.

5. Pajamas and Jam

If you feel like venturing a little further afield, Pajamas and Jam is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Somerset West. Don’t be deterred by the industrial surrounds; inside, the café boasts a cosy atmosphere and rustic charm. An in-house antique store means you can browse old trinkets and vintage clothing while you wait for your meal. The food is still the star of the show though, with everything from freshly-baked bread and cakes, to home -made preserves and great coffee. The usual favourites of Eggs Benedict or simple omelettes are tweaked with punchy flavours while the plating is trendy and modern. You can even toast to your ladies with a round of Lind hot chocolate.