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Rihanna for River Island debuted on Saturday, 16th February during London Fashion Week. Manicurist Sophy Robson was in charge of nails that night and has given us a backstage look at the show. Here’s a little background on Sophy: She is one of the hottest nail artists in the game and has been featured in magazines around the world including Vogue, i-D, Interview and most recently, Allure magazine. Sophy’s many clients at Hari’s Salon include the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung.

When it came to beauty at the Rihanna for River Island fashion show it was all about red, MAC’s Ruby Woo on the lips and Sophy’s own special mix on the nails to match a specific red dress from the collection. Here’s what Sophy had to say:

For the nail brief at the Rihanna x River Island show I was given the fabric from a red dress to colour match, which was a fluoro bright red. I took a MAC red called Flaming Rose and mixed flouro pink pigment in it to make the red pop. The inspiration for the look came from [previous] River Island campaign pictures by Ellen von Unwerth. The girls look young, sexy and street but with a sophisticated swagger much like Ri Ri herself. I did speak to Rihanna back stage. She is stunningly beautiful and checked all the models before they went out in the line up.

Browse through the gallery to see a few pictures from backstage. Visit Sophy’s blog to see more of her work and follow her on Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out her Youtube channel for tutorial videos.

Photos courtesy of Ashleigh Azariah & Sophy Robson