Rihanna’s Costume Designer Adam Selman Debuts NYFW Collection: Exclusive Interview

(L) A model, (R) Adam Selman at the Adam Selman presentation during Fashion Week 2014 at Algus Greenspon Gallery on September 5, 2013 in New York City. NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  A model poses at the Adam Selman presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 at Algus Greenspon Gallery on September 5, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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Selman's sexy line premiered yesterday. He talked to Billboard about Rihanna being a muse, his love for disco, and his line's inspiration.

 Our Behind the Seams homeboy Adam Selman’s fashion week debut was intimate, sexy and lustful.

The creative visionary behind Rihanna's unapologetic and fierce outfits, and co-designer of her River Island collection, Adam has already impressed many with his killer fashion chops.

Now for the first time he flexed his fashion muscle solo with a spring line filled with delicious athletic-inspired threads that perfectly tap into the spring 2014 menswear “jock” trend. “I love that sexy, easy, sultry vibe mixed with a masculine flare.” Adam revealed to Billboard. 

Drenched in retro glamour, the collection recalled Francesco Scavullo's Cosmopolitan covers from the '70s and '80s and the 1981 HBO special on supermodels titled “Beautiful Baby, Beautiful.” Styled by Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenberg and creative directed by Jen Brill, the collection had witty cameos of a bold star pattern and a giant bow bandeau top. Other standout items included a sexy white slip, a second skin one-piece and a pink-and-white boudoir-inspired hockey jersey--all paired with black and red pumps.

The soundtrack was equally retro and rambunctious. “I’m obsessed with old disco so we asked Paul Devro of Mad Decent to create the music and mix my favorite disco beats, going for that same ‘70s campy vibe. We also took lines from “Beautiful Baby, Beautiful” and worked it into the mix.”

No Rihanna music at this presentation. And with no sign of the pop star, we couldn’t help but wonder if Rih-Rih inspired the new collection? “She hasn’t seen the collection, but we talked about it,” he revealed. “She’s defiantly a muse, I haven’t made it a direct reference to anything we’ve done before. I want her to keep coming back for more.”

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