Pumped on the sets of her collaboration with the House of Dior, Rihanna let us in on what went into the shoot and the design process of her spiffin’ sunglasses line. Watch her dish out all the behind-the-scenes deets of the photoshoot shot by ace photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino:
What is the atmosphere like on the sets?
Mondino (the photographer) plays the BEST music on set; tons of old school R&B. Not once did I have to change the music. This shoot was done under unique circumstances. I came straight from a show, spent a lot of time getting my weave taken out, but once we got to set no time was wasted. He knows exactly what he wants, and does not hold back his personality which was delightful.
Describe your new sunglasses in one line.
They’re futuristic and sporty at the same time.
Can you tell us about your inspiration?
Believe it or not, La Forge from Star Trek back in the day! I’ve always been obsessed with his eyewear, and when I got to Dior and saw all the materials I could play with, it all just came together.
What was the creation process with the Dior team?
The process was pretty seamless. I spent a day at Dior with their eyewear design team. I started by looking through all the archives to see what they’ve done in the past, then got acquainted with all the new materials! I literally sat there and drew and drew until I was happy with the design, and the team illustrated it for me right then and there. We picked materials and colours that same day, and after that it was a matter of weeks before I saw the first prototype.
And lastly, what could you hide behind your sunglasses?
What you’re thinking… before it comes out of your mouth. Ha!
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