Rihanna’s new Savage x Fenty presentation pushes the boundary of what a fashion show even is. Available to view on Amazon Prime now, the event is more like a star-studded, impeccably choreographed music video. There are performances from Normani, Daddy Yankee, Nas, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, Jade Novah, and BIA. The show also features models of all shapes and sizes (among them, Gigi Hadid, Behati Prinsloo, Emily Ratajkowski, Cindy Crawford, Erykah Badu, Troye Sivan, and more) strut their stuff in the mogul’s lingerie line.
While the first two Savage x Fenty showcases took place in a typical performance venue and on sound stages, respectively, volume three was filmed entirely on location at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Downtown Los Angeles. The curving glass skyscraper—built in 1976 by Portman Architects—features a large atrium and outdoor elevators and provided ample space for numerous vignettes, stages, and what seems like miles of catwalk.
“It’s always been a building that I’ve loved and it’s very iconic to downtown Los Angeles,” says Willo Perron of Perron-Roettinger, who handled the set design for this and previous Savage x Fenty shows, and has also created stages for Lady Gaga and Kanye West, and decorated Jay-Z’s L.A. office. He says the building lent itself to a large performance “in a postmodern Busby Berkeley type of way,” citing the late director and choreographer known for his elaborate synchronized dance numbers in films like 1933’s 42nd Street.