It’s nearly impossible to spot Rihanna without her best friend Melissa Forde. Photos of the pair living the good life at exclusive industry events or sailing the ocean blue on luxury yachts surface just about every day. But in the mix of all the parties and girls’ trips, both island ladies put in a lot of work and are evolving into quite the businesswomen.
After Rihanna’s appearance at last night’s Tidal press conference, the new artist owned music streaming service, she made her way to Opening Ceremony in New York City to celebrate the launch of her bestie Forde’s new bucket hat line. The collection of hats, called M$$x WT, is a collaboration under rapper Wale’s fashion line, Wrking Title.
“[Buckets] just so happened to be my favorite hats, but I couldn’t always find the ideal fit or style,” Forde said to Opening Ceremony. “So when Wale asked me to design hats with his company, it seemed like the right time to design my own hat just the way I wanted it to be for me.”
M$$xWT features three hat styles: “Black Beauty,” a fine black mesh; the “Rastaprint,” a new scale on a classic print; and the “Pink Pineapple,” a bright interpretation of a huge seasonal trend.
Forde’s design undertaking is one of several other boss moves for the creative fashionista. She is also Creative Director for business colleague Wale’s entire brand, the social media photographer to Rihanna, and a model.