11 August 2014 by

Best Line Up Ever? Rihanna, Naomi Campbell And Iman Get Balmain-ed For 'W Magazine'

[W Magazine]

We don't need to tell you that Rihanna is one of the greatest style icons of our generation (she has the CFDA Award to prove it and everything). In the September issue of W Magazine the good girl gone bad is introduced on the cover as "the world's wildest style icon," and features in not one, but two shoots. This is even a big deal to Rihanna, who (at the time of typing) has tweeted the news 10 times.

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Inside the mag, Rihanna teams up with iconic supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman for a story on Balmain's creative director Olivier Rousteing. The three black icons model his latest Balmain collection, wearing the bright rope dresses, animal print corsets and military green rope creations, toughened up with gold hoops and bold caged boots. The fiercest Balmain army yet? We think so.

[W Magazine]

The shoot, photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by W's Edward Enninful, accompanies a profile piece on Mr Rousteing which reveals that it is his mission "to give a new vision to fashion”. The designer said to W Magazine of the shoot: “These women are inspiring to so many different people. Bringing them together represents the concept I’m working toward.”

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Rihanna also stars in the cover story, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Edward Enninful, in which Rihanna is introduced as the "world's wildest style icon." She wears looks by Alexander McQueen and Comme des Garcons, an animal skull pendant, thigh high boots and a septum nose piercing by Meadowlark.

On Twitter Rihanna captioned this shoot as her Eskimo Horror Cover Story, while Editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi said of the shoot: 'Rihanna came [to the shoot] with her own mental mood board, channeling the power of Grace Jones and the sophistication of Josephine Baker.'

See more of Rihanna's W Magazine cover story here...

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Rihanna wearing Balmain in Los Angeles - 19 June 2014 

Rihanna in New York, August 2014 

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Rihanna in helmut Lang, New York - 18 August 2014  

Rihanna in Alexander Haider Ackermann and Balenciaga, New York - 20 August 2014 

Rihanna at a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers on May 15, 2014

Melissa Forde and Rihanna attend an NBA playoff game between Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers on May 9, 2014

Rihanna attends the Christian Dior Cruise 2015 Show on May 7, 2014 in New York City.

Rihanna attends the 2014 'Met Ball' on May 5th.

Rihanna is seen at the after-party for The Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 5, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna in the audience at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1, 2014 in LA.

Rihanna attends Roc Nation Sports 1 Year Anniversary Luncheon at TAO Downtown on April 28, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna at the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets playoff game on April 25, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards LA Live on April 13, 2014.

Rihanna at Oklahoma City Thunder vs the Los Angeles Clippers on April 9, 2014 in LA.

Rihanna attends the Miu Miu show on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France wearing a Prada coat

Rihanna attends the Chanel show on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France dressed in Chanel

Rihanna attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on March 3, 2014 in Paris, France

Rihanna attends the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Rihanna poses in the press room at the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California

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Rihanna in Alexander Wang out and about in London - 11 September 2013

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Rihanna at Opening Ceremony at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

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Rihanna at Alexander Wang after party at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

Rihanna in Balmain at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards after party - 25 August 2013

Rihanna at 'Lyon' restaurant, West Village, New York - 12 August 2013

Rihanna out and about in London - 20 July 2013

Rihanna in London - 18 July 2013

Rihanna in Rag & Bone out and about in Manchester - 16 July 2013

Rihanna in visor by Fleet Ilya out and about in London - 15 July 2013

Rihanna in Gareth Pugh out and about in London - 14 July 2013

Rihanna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci menswear and Versace shoes in Monaco - 13 July 2013

Rihanna in KTZ in Denmark - 6 July 2013

Rihanna in Tom Ford AW13 boots arriving in Poland - 6 July 2013

Rihanna at Chanel show, Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013, Paris Fashion Week - 2 July 2013

Rihanna out and about, London, Britain - 20 June 2013

Rihanna in Stella McCartney top and clutch at Rorrey Fenty after show party at Boujis nightclub, London - 16 June 2013

Rihanna in Christopher Kane out and about, London - 16 June 2013

Rihanna in Big Star USA dungarees at the All Star Bowling Alley, Manchester - 12 June 2013

Rihanna in Miu Miu out and about, Manchester - 11 June 2013

Rihanna out and about by the Eiffel Tour in Paris - 7 June 2013

Rihanna Filming In New York - 16 May 2013

Rihanna out and about, New York - 9 May 2013

Rihanna in Rihanna by River Island in New York - 12 May 2013

Rihanna out and about in New York - 5 May 3013

Rihanna in Mary Katrantzou and Tom Ford sandals - 30 April 2013

Rihanna in Miu Miu coat and Current Elliot jeans - 28 April 2013

Rihanna in Acne jacket, Rodarte coat, Celine shoes and Miu Miu sunglasses in New York- 26 April 2013

Rihanna in custom Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci and Paige Denim jeans in Miami - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in Rag and Bone and Chanel jewellery at the Staples Center in Los Angeles - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci t shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, Saint Laurent Paris by Heidi Slimane shoes - 24 April 2013

Rihanna in T by Alexander Wang and shoes by Tom Ford - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in dress by Whitney Eve and Prada sunglasses - 11 April 2013

Rihanna at Los Angeles Lakes Basketball game - April 2013

Rihanna arriving in London - February 2013

Rihanna in custom Azzedine Alaia at the Grammy Awards - February 2013

Rihanna at River Island show at London Fashion Week - February 2013

Rihanna - November 2012

Rihanna - June 2012

Rihanna in London - February 2012

Rihanna at Grammys - February 2012

Rihanna launches her new album 'Unapologetic' in New York City, November 2012

Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 2012

Rihanna at Grammys - February 2011

Rihanna in Acne at Westfield, November 2012

Rihanna during her 777 tour, November 2012

Rihanna performs during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Show, November 2012

Rihanna at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Battleship', May 2012

Rihanna in Tom Ford at the Costume Institute Gala, May 2012

Rihanna at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City, April 2012

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