Celebrity Style – Rihanna

Rihanna (who’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty) is a talented and multi-faceted artist who has established herself a singer par excellence, super sexy model and a glamorous beauty queen by the young age of 21. The Barbadian singer is known as much for her beauty as for her fashion and outrageous shoes. The bold and beautiful Rihanna has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards for her sensational album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). Rihanna is the one and only singer and star to have received 5 Billboard Hot-100 in the present decade, while on the style front Rihanna is a fashion icon who starts some of the most ravishing style trends. Read on to get up-close and personal with Rihanna’s fashion secrets, her accessories and the methods she uses to raise her sex appeal, like with a pair of seductive high heel shoes.

Flaunts her Bajan roots
Born and brought up in the beautiful continental island nation in the western Atlantic nation called Barbados, Rihanna moved to the US at the age of sixteen to pursue a recording career. People who know Rihanna are very much aware of the fact the ‘Pon de Replay’ singer is very patriotic about her country and wants the world to know where she’s from. To make her cultural roots even more obvious, she incorporates a touch of her Bajan culture not just in her music but also in her dressing style. When Rihanna first made her mark in the music world, she immediately caught the attention of the western stylists as she brought in a tropical island feel to her clothes that you don’t really see on other celebs. She also wore lots of floral prints and warm colors like red and yellow, and had no problem strutting around in a bikini and sarong.

Rihanna’s fashion style
The ‘Umbrella’ singer came in public’s eye when she was just 15. Now 21, Rihanna is a pro in everything – be it her music or her dressing style. The Barbadian songstress is already a fashion icon and a model figure for many teenagers. According to stylists, what keeps Rihanna way apart from others is her non-conformist sense of style. But, the ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ artist likes to describe her style in a different way. To Rihanna her fashion style is all about having fun and staying true to herself. “I love to play to both sides of my personality – the girlie and the tough. That’s what makes my style different”, she told a magazine once.

Fans and stylists who have been observing Rihanna since the beginning of her music career say Rihanna has come a long way from her initial “Pon De Replay” days of baggy jeans and exposed lacy underwear. Today, Rihanna has set herself apart from other R&B starlets, as she now prefers designer couture over belly-baring crop tops. Much credit for her revamped image is given to her dedicated and talented team of experts who work hard for the R&B songstress. Celebrity stylist extraordinaire Mariel Haenn, who first teamed up with the pop star on the set of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” says, “I always bring a ton of options, and I will give her my favorites and why I think they would work best. She most of the time goes with my top choice.” Since working with Haenn, Rihanna has worn high-end designers like Yves Saint-Laurent, LaROK, Zac Posen, DSquared2, J. Mendel, Gucci, Jean-Paul Gaultier and BCBG. Rihanna’s revamped image courtesy Haenn has helped her earn endorsement contracts of JCPenney’s Miss Bisou brand. Discussing Rhi-Rhi’s penchant for fashion forward brands, a leading fashion magazine once commented, “The Beyoncés and the Rihannas of the world are aware that their imagery and look is just as important as their talent and sound.”

Rihanna’s accessories
Rihanna knows how to step up or casual down her looks by teaming a perfect set of accessories. For instance, if her clothes are casual she will make sure her jewelry is eye catching. She will go in for big, glamorous necklaces, bracelets and earrings to spice up a simple dress. Her selection of purses, shoes, make-up, and hair style everything will just be perfect and also appropriate for the event.

However, according to many stylists, Rihanna’s most enchanting accessory is her alluring smile which she always wears, no matter the outfit, no matter the event. Oodles of confidence that comes naturally to people who get early and well-deserved fame adds a glittering aura around Rihanna making her look very sensuous and desirable.

Rihanna’s shoes
Rihanna takes her shoes very seriously. The ‘Girl Like Me’ artist wears designer high heel shoes on the red carpet, for her performances, for interviews, photo-shoots, when hitting the town and even when she is injured! She knows the art of ensuring she looks impeccable even when she is supposedly dressed casually and can definitely up her sex appeal when she is making public appearances by knowing what the right pair of flat sandals or high heel stilettos is to compliment the rest of her outfit.

Stylists who have always been awestruck with Rihanna’s selection of shoes agree that Rihanna has some awesomely fierce shoe choices. Her bold high heel shoes always scream for attention. More than often Rhi-Rhi’s shoes are the most noticeable, most expressive and most talked about aspect of her ensemble which generally consists of designer outfits and expensive jewelry.

Some of Rihanna’s much discussed shoes are Giuseppe Zanotti pumps, patent peep toe booties, kinky gladiator style knee high boots with high heels by Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin booties, lace-up boots, on-trend riding boots, Chanel leather cap toe pumps, Yves Saint Laurent jelly wrap-up sandals, Alaia’s black lace-up gladiator flat boots, Balmain fringed sandals, patent thigh-high lace-up boots and black pointy shoes pump etc. The choice of Rihanna’s high heel shoes clearly shows the songstress’s personality and confident character, and already a style-icon, she takes her daring fashion-sense to newer heights and at the same time pumps up her massive sex appeal every time she steps into the public eye.

Celebrity Style – Katie Holmes

Once a low-key girl, who couldn’t pronounce Badgley Mischka on the red carpet in 1998, actress Katie Holmes underwent an amazing style transformation after her marriage to Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise. A strong style influence from close friend and fashion maverick Victoria “Posh” Beckham is also said to have acted as a major catalyst in Katie’s transformation from a small town girl to today’s trend setter and fashion icon.

Discover more about Katie Holmes’s gradual but dramatic makeover post marriage as well as the strong influence BFF Posh Beckham has had on her. You will also be surprised to know that Katie’s extravagant love for designer high heel shoes is much to the dislike of shorter-than-wife hubby Tom Cruise.

Wedding with Tom Cruise

Katie’s high profile affair followed by a wedding with Hollywood’s most famous actor, Tom Cruise, transformed her from the girl-next-door in Dawson’s Creek to the A-list fashionista she is today. The highly publicised affair of TomKat, as media prefers to call them, began in 2005. The 16 years difference between the two and the fact that Tom was planning his third marriage made many people skeptical about their relationship. The couple was madly in love though (and still is to this day). Not minding the age difference, the self-proclaimed “honest, determined, and imaginative” Katie accepted to be Tom’s third wife when he proposed her atop Paris’s Eiffel Tower. On April 18, 2006, Holmes gave birth to their daughter, Suri and on November 18, 2006, she and Cruise were married in Italy.

Since her wedding, fashionistas have noticed a huge transformation in Katie Holmes in terms of her style and her looks. The blush of a happy married life is there for sure, but what is absolutely astounding is her makeover from a simple girl to glamorous fashion icon. Her fashionable hair cuts, designer outfits, and ultra-chic high heels have made her the most talked about celeb mommy. But Katie is also said to have worked hard and spent lots to get her ravishing A-list looks. Recently it was stated that Katie underwent a $43,000 makeover during a trip to Tokyo. The trip reportedly consisted of “intensive pampering sessions by a team of beauty experts.”

Her BFF Victoria Beckham

Best friend Victoria Beckham is said to be a major influence behind Katie’s new über chic look. A hot glamorous woman who’s every dress and every shoe is anxiously covered by paparazzi, Posh Beckham has reportedly given several tips on dressing and styling to Mrs. Cruise.

The former Dawson’s Creek star, Katie was fascinated with Victoria’s style and transformed herself accordingly. However, it was stated that ‘Posh felt rather uncomfortable that her style was being mimicked so literally.’ After having long locks for most of her career, Katie went for a ‘Pob’ cut – the Posh version of a bob – in 2007 – nine months after Victoria lost her hair extensions. Though the Batman Begins star in her recent campaign pictures for Miu Miu won kudos for her outfits, expression, makeup and hairstyle, she was also accused of stealing Victoria’s style. Observers are noting that Victoria Beckham is finding it hard to remain friends with Katie Holmes because she feels Tom’s other half consistently swipes her once signature style.

Katie’s love for high heel shoes

Katie is head over heels in love with high heel shoes much to the dislike of her shorter husband. While Katie is 5293 Tom Cruise is just 52 73, the two look odd together even when she is wearing flats. And, Tom is reportedly said to feel quite awkward when Mrs. Cruise chooses to tower over him in her vertiginous high heel shoes. Cruise is said to be pilfering his wife’s shoes, to which Katie just shrugs and says, “Well, he’s given me another reason to go shopping for another pair!”

Like her BFF Victoria Beckham who tots five inch plus heels even while she takes her three boys to park, Katie too does not stop herself from wearing spindly stiletto shoes even when she has to carry little Suri in her arms. Crazy about heels, Katie has also been spotted wearing high heels on the beach.

Katie Holmes’ shoe size is said to be 11 inches and her feet aren’t as pretty as her face, as her toes are rather long and knobbly. However, she covers up her secret by wearing some of the most impressive and sexy shoes available. Some of the most famous shoes Katie wears are the cracked metallic bronze pumps by Jimmy Choo which she wore at the War of The World premiere, Stuart Weitzman pumps she wore at the SAG awards, “St. Tropez” gladiator sandals by Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaïa peep-toe ankle boots, patent leather sky-high stiletto platforms, and black cut-out/gladiator peep-toe pumps.

Katie’s top favourite shoes are bright blue-heeled shoes, vintage red-beaded shoes, Christian Louboutin Mary Jane flats, sexy red spiked heeled shoes, braided sandals, Chanels, Lanvin, Roger Vivier, Alexander Mcqueen, Balenciaga, Giorgio Armani and Hogan.

Suri too wears designer shoes like her mom

Katie’s cute little daughter Suri is already a fashion icon too. The celebrity mom is said to have ordered a pair of custom high fashion Christian Louboutin shoes for Suri when she was just 18-month-old. Now, that Suri is three, her cute bob haircut, sun dresses and shoes are as discussed as her moms. Suri does not yet wear high heel shoes, but glamorous mom Katie Holmes can often been spotted running comfortably after her in her designer sky-high shoes.