Rihanna sparked something of a frenzy when she rocked the same oversized denim cover-up not once, but twice, prompting furious speculation over which designer was responsible for her new wardrobe addition.
And while we’re used to seeing her rocking everything from Dior to Balmain, RiRi’s jacket is actually the handiwork of a brand new designer, Matthew Dolan, who only showed his very first collection last year during New York Fashion Week. Yep, Matt is fresh out of university, having just finished his studies at the legendary New York design school, Parsons. In fact, the debut collection that Rihanna snapped up – which Lady Gaga has also been spotted in – was part of his graduate showcase, making for one successful student project!
But RiRi almost missed out on her slice of Dolan style – “With Rihanna it was a bit of a nightmare,’ the designer reveals, ‘ I was waiting on a return from another stylist and I ended up having to remake it the day before they needed it. She asked to keep the jacket after a shoot in Paris and obviously you can’t say no. I mean, who else would you want wearing your clothes?” Indeed.
Despite moving from the US to Australia as a child, Matthew is heavily influenced by classic American culture, in particular that global uniform – denim. And his jean motto is the bigger the better. From super baggy trousers to the celeb-loved jumbo longline coats, Matt is all about re-spinning traditional denim garments to give them a new lease of life, all served with a healthy dose of attitude.
While we can’t get our hands on Matt’s creations in the UK just yet, we’re happy to report we’ve found some Rihanna-worthy XXL denim jackets on the high street at Free People and Asos to nail the vibe.
See, just one collection under his belt and Matthew is already having a huge impact on our wardrobes.
The key is to pair your jacket with more streamlined silhouettes, such as a structured t-shirt dress, or even your skinny jeans for a masterclass in double denim. And make sure you keep your eye on Mr Dolan – he’s set for stellar success…
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By Hannah Banks-Walker