From the streets of her homeland Barbados, Rihanna is turning heads worldwide with her spectacular Crop Over costume. The “Wild Thoughts” icon returned to her native country on Monday (August 7) to celebrate its rich history of culture, music, and fun. The annual festival is topped off by the Grand Kadooment, a street parade full of colorful, Carnivale-style outfits. Billboard Style scored an exclusive interview with Destiney Bleu, a designer who helped contribute to the look of Crop Over 2017’s biggest star.
For Bleu — the owner of DBleudazzled (a line specializing in bedazzled costumes and lingerie) — the news that she’d be designing for one of the world’s top musicians came as a quick surprise. She woke up to an email from an assistant of Rihanna’s stylist last Wednesday alerting her that the singer wanted a pair of tights for a Crop Over outfit. After researching the significance of Crop Over, Bleu immediately designed two bedazzled pairs of tights — one in nude, the other in black.
There was much anticipation as Rihanna’s team picked up the options the next day, Bleu wondering all weekend “is she going to wear them?” On Monday, the designer was pleased to see her name and the company’s “tagged under [various] Instagram” posts: Rihanna had selected the nude pair of crystallized fishnets.
Amongst the high profile clientele for DBleudazzled — including Beyoncé, Shania Twain, and Lady Gaga — this is Rihanna’s first time sporting the line. “We pretty much accomplished bedazzling everyone, the only one left was Rihanna,” bragged Bleu about her latest accomplishment. The designer claims she knew the time was nearing when her and her team “kept hearing ‘Wild Thoughts’ every time we’re together.” With excitement, she attributes this career highlight as “a group manifestation!”