Mel Ottenberg and Pharrell join the cast of 'Styled To Rock'.
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If anyone is going to discover the next ground-breaking designer, it's gonna be Rihanna. The pop megastar (and designer herself!) is always at the razor's edge of every trend, thanks largely to her impeccable taste and the assistance of her brilliant stylist Mel Ottenberg. There have been countless snaps given to Ottenberg and Ri's co-designer Adam Selman, so it's no surprise that Ri recruited one of the all-stars to serve on the star-studded panel of her Style Media show, Styled To Rock, alongside Pharrell and Erin Wasson. We can imagine that Adam is super busy, you know, working on Rihanna's River Island line and designing her tour costumes, but whatever the reason might be, it will be Mel who we'll see on the new season of Styled, selecting, out of a group of 12 up-and-coming designers, the opportunity to style some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and prove that they're fashion's next big thing. Of her relationship with Mel, Rihanna said, "Mel and I have such a similar aesthetic. It’s as if he can read my mind sometimes... I love his attention to detail and all the research he does for every look. He is more than a stylist. He is an artist.”
No hints have been revealed about who the A-list celebrity guests will be on the show, but judging from the challenges on the UK version of the series—where contestants had to design looks for everyone from Kanye West to Katy Perry to Little Mix—we can be sure they're going to be MAJOR. Rihanna wore winner Zainab Vandu-Chikolo's final design for her Wireless festival performance a year ago, so will RiRi wear one of the designs from the US series in a performance? There are a lot of questions left to answer, but we just have to be patient.
What do you think of Rihanna's Styled to Rock judges panel?