Super stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele has shot many an explosive cover for V Magazine, Nicole Kidman, Winona Ryder, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez among them. She always manages to strike a mesmerizing balance between the glamorous and the perverse, the highest of high fashion and the allure of urban cool.
Naturally, her sizzling V95 cover shoot with the one and only Rihanna is no exception. Working with photographer Steven Klein for the first time in almost two decades (“We are both strong and love what we do, so we have true perfection,” she says), de Dudzeele dresses RiRi in everything from electric Alexandre Vauthier furs to Juicy Couture track suits to the teeniest Versace bikini bottoms.
So what’s her secret to aesthetic success? Living in the moment and going with her gut. Here, de Dudzeele discusses working with Rih, the importance of fun, and why she decided to “show the ass.”
Can you tell us about the concept behind the V cover shoot with Rihanna?
CCD: I tried to do something a little ’80s. But I always try to make the person in front of me look the most divine, glamorous, and beautiful. I don’t work for me — I work for the person in front of me. No matter who it is, I try to make them look the best, her best. This is always my goal.
Things just got a little hotter – Pop music’s favorite bad gal, Rihanna, covers the Summer Issue of V Magazine, lensed by Steven Klein, and fashioned by the colorful Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele.
Somehow in the last three years, the fashion world became Rihanna’s. Between her unmissable Instagram account, editorials with top photographers, ubiquity in the front row of Paris, and history-making campaigns, the barbadian beauty went from number-one hitmaker to full-time style icon—or so it seemed. Now she’s dropping her eighth album, and she’s ready to reclaim her spot at the top. Don’t act like you forgot: Rih calls the shots, shots, shots!
V Magazine also brings you a Deluxe Edition Box-Set of the Summer Issue. Available exclusively here, the special offer features a case covered with Steven Klein’s explosive RiRi photographs, a copy of V95, and three different mystery posters created by Klein, Bess NYC, and Slava Mogutin.
The summer issue of V Magazine will be out on newsstands on May 7th.