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Meet the Director Behind the Futuristic Vibes of Rihanna’s Brit Awards Performance

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Meet the Director Behind the Futuristic Vibes of Rihanna’s Brit Awards Performance

Via Vogue: When Rihanna performed earlier this week at the Brit Awards, she abandoned the Caribbean settings from the just-released dual videos for her number one hit “Work”, and instead emerged onstage in her own alternate universe. Using her all-white ensemble of a crop top and fringed harem pants as a projection screen, splashes of fluorescent patterns fell across her body. As she sang “Consideration” with SZA and “Work” with Drake, she practically morphed into an avatar. For almost everyone watching, it was an unexpected and, well, electrifying interpretation of the island jam, but for Philippa Price, the director and multimedia artist behind the digitized settings, it’s hardly New Wave.

Price, who uses technology and sci-fi references in her hyper-surreal video work for the likes of Lion Babe and Brooke Candy, tells Vogue how the unconscious ’80s vibe of “Work” took her straight back to the future, and why she believes in the power of performance over video.

How did this collaboration come about?
Her team had seen some of my work and originally approached me about doing a video for her. That turned into creating this performance, which I’m really happy about. I much prefer creating performances. Videos now are so accessible and, in a way, disposable. With a performance you are creating an experience, a special moment in time.

What were some of the influences behind the set design?
Sci-fi and technology have always been and always will be major influences of mine. I’m a science nerd at heart and that always finds its way into my work. Salvador Dalí is also a major influence, too. His surreal and vast landscapes were something I looked to when creating the world of this set.

What technology did you use to produce this alternate universe for Rihanna?
I can’t give away all my secrets, but it did involve a shit-ton of projectors!

For the song “Work,” it’s so natural to place the song within a context of a dancehall, but you’ve uprooted it and placed it within a whole other sphere. How did you start to think about “Work” in more futuristic terms?
I love contradiction. Placing things together that you would never imagine working is what creates the most interesting outcomes for me. Yes, putting “Work” in the context of dancehall would be natural, but I never want to create anything that is expected. Actually, when I first heard the “Work” track, it took me more to the ’80s than Jamaica. I think the repetitive “work, work, work” made me think of ’80s corporate style—plus the beginning of the track has a sort of Talking Heads sound to me. I wanted to combine that vibe with a dancehall influence but not use any of the typical visual language you would expect. Dancehall and Jamaica hold a very special place in my heart; I have family there and spend a lot of time there. So I thought about stripping the vibe of dancehall down to the most basic elements: dreamy bright colors, ethereal lighting, bold graphic shapes. Adding in my sci-fi touch, that I can’t avoid, and you get the future dancehall land I created. The Land of Dutty Wine, 2084!

Were there certain details about her costume you had to keep in mind when designing the set?
Mel Ottenberg styled and designed the costumes for the performance and he did an incredible job. We decided that keeping her in white would be best for the projections. The pants he chose for the piece were so perfect: the fringe on them created really interesting effects when they picked up the projection. Putting the dancers in black also looked incredible because they became silhouettes within the set.

What’s it like working with Rihanna?
She is amazing to work with. We vibed right off the bat, and I think she really trusted my ideas. She loved everything I showed her from day one, and I was actually surprised by how much she trusted me!

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Fifth Harmony renames single to avoid Rihanna confusion: “Can’t have the same song as the queen”

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Fifth Harmony renames single to avoid Rihanna confusion: “Can’t have the same song as the queen”

Billboard: There’s a strong history of work-related pop songs, from Britney to — very recently — Rihanna. I think yours [“Work From Home”] fits nicely into the canon.

Well, our song was originally called “Work” and when Rihanna dropped, it was like, “Hell no, can’t have the same song as the queen.” So we put in “from home,” just added two words. But definitely — Britney, Rihanna, it’s amazing for you to even mention ours in the same breath. — Fifth Harmony singer Dinah Jane

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Rihanna parties in London

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Rihanna parties in London

After The BRITs, Rihanna was spotted at Tramp Nightclub in London. She was wearing a wrap shirt dress by Rosetta Getty and a coat by Burberry. She used a necklace from Le Vian’s collection and sunglasses by Adam Selman x Le Specs.

Rihanna in wrap shirt dress ($3088) by @rosettagetty.

Zdjęcie zamieszczone przez użytkownika Rihanna Daily Style (@rihannadailystyle) 26 Lut, 2016 o 4:37 PST

 

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Adam Selman X Le Specs the Last Lolita Sunglasses in Matte Pearl

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Le Vian Sapphire and Diamond Necklace

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Rosetta Getty Silk Wrap Shirt Dress

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Rihanna’s The Trainer hits stores this Friday

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Rihanna’s The Trainer hits stores this Friday

Global Sports Brand PUMA and Creative Director, Rihanna, release THE TRAINER under Rihanna’s FENTY label, a sneaker that combines innovative performance technology with game-changing style.

Debuted at the PUMA by Rihanna fashion show on February 12th, THE TRAINER is Rihanna’s take on a traditional work out sneaker with a fashion-forward and futuristic flair. An all-new PUMA silhouette, THE TRAINER is a fearless, bad-ass sneaker with exaggerated proportions and massive sex appeal.

Along with its good looks, THE TRAINER also exudes in performance features. Its upper is constructed from Ariaprene, an advanced form of neoprene for a secure yet breathable fit. Feel extra levels of support with its high tongue height and TPU Kurim cage with fully reflective underlay.

THE TRAINER is flexible as ever with a pivot that allows for 360-degree movement. Full length flex groove, additional heel thickness on medial and lateral sides support fast and dynamic multi-directional movement. Solid rubber outsole pods providing full ground contact and traction without weighing you down.

Rihanna paid just as much attention to unique textures and materials as she did to fit, technical details and colors to bring to market that is a true fusion of sport and fashion. She selected three bold colors to introduce this new silhouette – Black, White and Red.

THE TRAINER is an extension of Rihanna’s risk­taking attitude and sure to elevate one from the street and the gym. Dropping globally at PUMA stores, PUMA.com and select sneaker boutiques on February 26th.

More photos after the jump.

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