It’s official: Rihanna cements 2017 as the year of the statement sock

Rihanna at the Met Gala 2015, one of the looks which inspired a pair of the Stance socks.

While pop star Rihanna has been wearing statement socks and heels for years, this year she’s taken the sock thing next level in the form of a Fenty sock collection that feature images of her own most iconic looks.

Yes, really.

The socks come in two themed sets including a music-video box featuring illustrations of the singer from her Work and Pour it Upprojects, while the award-show box includes her wearing the dress studded with 230,000 Swarovski crystals at the 2014 C.F.D.A Awards and her infamous ‘omelette’  Met Gala look.

Each box of two costs A$64.80, and Stance ships to Australia.

Stance notes on their website that the looks chosen for the collection are her most “incredible and uncommonly” cool, though how they managed to narrow it down we are still unsure.

Statement socks – and that especially 80s trend of socks and heels, synonymous with ‘geek chic’ – are back in a big way this year.

Other than RiRi, fans of the look include Kendall Jenner, who coupled her billowing Giambattista Valli couture frock with semi-sheer socks under her gold Jimmy Choo sandals at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Bella Hadid is another early follower of the trend. While Rita Ora put an athleisure spin on the look earlier this year, pairing a skirt and bomber jacket with sandals and sports logo socks.

Resort 2018 runway shows saw the likes of Vetements, Gucci, Valentino and Prada play with statement socks worn with cropped pants, narrow shirts and flowery designs.

Meanwhile in July, WWD revealed that Rihanna would be showing her Fenty by Rihanna collection at  New York Fashion Week. With models wearing socks during her Paris showings earlier this year, will Rihanna bring the heel and sock  trend to her first presentation at September NYFW?