Somewhere in between wild fires and pandemics we became near-numb to 2020's news. That was until Rihanna announced that she was saving the year with the return of her Savage X Fenty show, and our feelings - namely joy - began to return.
Titled Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2, following on from her 2019 masterpiece, and featuring Rihanna's AW20 lingerie collection, we're glad to say that the show did not disappoint.
Watch Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 now
Released Friday, October 2, the Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 show is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Be prepared for almost an hour of incredible dancing, epic costumes and sets, and of course, some very hot people.
What happened at the 2020 Savage X Fenty Show
In its second year, the lingerie brand's diverse show has moved from the live-audience set up, to a pre-filmed one, allowing for an even more polished performance, complete with slow-motion and super close close-ups of the underwear-clad stars.
Rihanna, as with before, enlisted the help of models, dancers, and performance artists for the almost hour-long show, that took us through four different scenes interspersed with to-camera interviews with Rihanna, amongst others.
Rihanna strutting in a thong kicked off the show, followed by a performance by musical artist Rosalia and cameo by Cara Delevingne.
The inclusive event's next supermodel appearance was Bella Hadid. After a brief interlude of Rihanna discussing her inspiration, and some crazy-amazing dancing, the new aunt can be seen writhing in a black lingerie set to N.E.R.D's 'She Wants To Move', because, why not?
And if Hadid wasn't enough for you, 57-year-old Demi Moore then made her appearance on the other side of the black sofa in fishnet stockings and diamanté jewellery for days.
After drag queen Jaida Essence Hall and Big Sean did their thing, a bridal Normani danced, complete with veil and latex gloves.
Honestly, what did we do to deserve this?
DJ Mustard then took over the mic, alongside Ella Mai and Roddy Ricch, followd by an interlude where Rihanna discusses the influence of drag culture on her work and the celebratory nature of beauty and fashion.
Finally, Lizzo takes centre stage, with an iconic dance to D'Angelo's 'Brown Sugar' in an electric blue bodystocking and white trainers.
After another brief interlude about sexuality and female empowerment, Adesuwa Aighewi and Jazzelle Zanaughtti take centre stage while Bad Bunny performs, before we are transported to a tropical wonderland filled with nymph-like creators played by Paloma Elsesser, Irina Shayk, Laura Harrier and more.
First look at the Savage X Fenty Show
The first images from The Savage x Fenty Vol. 2 performance are here and they do not disappoint.
As promised, Savage veterans Cara Delevingne (complete with a mullet), Bella Hadid, and Paloma Elsesser can be seen in the moody images, with Delevingne and Hadid both in all-black lingerie and Elsesser in a dusty blue ensemble.
Newcomer Irina Shayk can be seen in sparkling hot pants, alongside Paris Hilton in a pink bodystocking and Laura Harrier in a purple, floral creation.
Mastermind of the entire event, Rihanna can be spotted in leather shorts and gloves, with an OTT ruffled top.
Though we'll need to wait until tomorrow for the full spectacular, there appears to be three sets for the show - one a green industrial structure, another a tropical backdrop and another a black glossy stage.
The performers also struck a pose on the red carpet, swapping out their lacy two-pieces, for slightly more coverage - a leather blazer and mini dress in Rihanna's case and a caped, corseted gown in Hilton's.
Oh, and is that Normani in bridal lingerie? We'll have to find out tomorrow...
When is the 2020 Savage x Fenty show?
It has been announced that the extravaganza (what else is it, if not an extravaganza?) will be screening October 2, with the exact time yet to be announced.
To tease the release date Amazon Prime unveiled a teaser video, showing Rihanna, complete with a mullet, prepare for the show, alongside glimpses of Lizzo, Cara Delevingne and Normani.
How can I watch Rihanna's Savage X Fenty show?
Savage X Fenty will be available to stream on Amazon Prime in over 240 countries and territories come October 2.
And the rule-breaking Rihanna wont be holding back her collection either, with her AW20 pieces being available to shop immediately online, ensuring you can replicate the model's moves as soon as possible.
Who is performing and starring in Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2?
Not one to muck us about, Rihanna has already released the casting list.
Show veterans Bella Hadid, Big Sean, Cara Delevingne, Christian Combs, Normani, and Paloma Elsesser will return to walk beside newcomers Lizzo, Demi Moore, Irina Shayk, Laura Harrier, Paris Hilton, Willow Smith and more.
Yes you read that right, Lizzo and Paris Hilton will be joining the cast.
As for performances, both Travis Scott and Rosalia will be dropping hits at the annual event.
To refresh your memory and whet your appetite, here's what went down last year...
What happened at the 2019 Savage X Fenty show?
Being a triple threat herself, Rihanna chose to cast dancers and actors as well as models to showcase her AW19 collection at the Barclays Centre.
ELLE UK cover star Cara Delevingne - who we're more accustomed to seeing on TV screens than catwalks in 2019 - returned to the runway for her good friend Rihanna, modelling a green lace look and exuding serious domanatrix vibes (complete with a heart-shaped paddle).
Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox and Normani also strutted walked the set as did 21 Savage and Christian Combs (P Diddy's son).
Ahead of the show's premiere on Amazon Prime, the streaming service released a teaser trailer giving a glimpse of what went down at the show.
The 50-minute clip shows Rihanna ready to slay, the typical pre-show chaos of dancers rehearsing and models running up and down stairs for their quick changes as well as Delevingne preparing to walk the runway.
The venue was transformed into a movie-like city setting with eighties-style pink and blue neon lights. There were peep-show-esque windows with models wearing Savage X Fenty in each one, while others took their place on different levels of the impressive set.
This wasn't just a straightforward fashion show, either. Rihanna delivered a musical performance alongside an impressive line-up of artists including Halsey, Migos, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Fat Joe, Fabolous and Tierra Whack.
The show was created and executively produced by Rihanna and the collection features embellished details, 'daring' playsuits and more inclusive sizing ranging from 32A-42H and XS-3X.
Who attended the Savage X Fenty 2019 show?
After the guest of honour – Rihanna, obviously – walked the black-coloured carpet, the step-and-repeat shots released by the makers of the show indicate a roster of A-List guests who were all keen to see the singer's latest lingerie collection.
Delevingne was joined by girlfriend Ashley Benson at the runway presentation, and, taking a break from walking in numerous shows this fashion week, a glowingly pregnant Ashley Graham, as well as Gigi and Bella Hadid.
Past and present big names in music were there too like Halsey, Kacey Musgraves, Hailee Steifeld, Kehlani and rapper Fat Joe.
Rihanna's muse Slick Woods - who went into labour shortly after walking last year's show - also attended, as did models Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, Iskra Lawrence and Halima Aden.
On Friday, Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Instagram account teased a video from the show from that show, which features Hadid and Delevingne strutting their stuff inside a multi-coloured tunnel.
'They came, they SLAYED, they conquered,' an excerpt of the video's caption reads.
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