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The Best and Worst of Rihanna's Red Carpet Fashion

Rihanna has made style headlines time and time again, but i'm making the semi-controversial choice to sort out her best and worst red carpet moments. You may not agree with me, and I'm putting her Guo Pei dress from the 2015 Met Gala above so that I don't have to take sides on this one. Either way, Rihanna is a goddess that can rock basically anything, as we'll soon find with her weirder sartorial choices for the red carpet.

Best

Rihanna shone at the 2014 Met Gala in this Stella McCartney cropped top and skirt. The bare back and midriff are both sexy and surprising in contrast with the covered arms, legs, and neck, but the look showcases her killer figure nonetheless. I love that flash of skin against a buttery smooth sea of white fabric, and her quirky and tousled hair keeps it fun.

Worst

As much as I love Rihanna's red hair phase, I will never love the Jean Paul Gaultier dress she wore to the 2011 Grammy's. She will look amazing always, but I can't get behind the toilet-paper pinata sheer mess that this dress is. She can definitely rock a sheer dress (see below!), but the fluffy crepe paper-esque stripes are just not for me.

Best

Rihanna's "naked dress" by Adam Selman at the 2014 CFDA awards, shocking everyone and dividing up audiences who loved or hated the look. I personally think it's brilliant, as Rihanna attended the event to accept the award for Fashion Icon of the year, and turned up nearly nude. The customized dress had over 216,000 Swarovski crystals, and she wasn't actually naked... it was mostly an illusion. I have mixed feelings about the headpiece, but I admired her for rocking this look overall.

Worst

You may love the Giambattista Valli dress RiRi wore to the 2015 Grammy's but I think she only looks good because it's her. The hair and makeup is perfectly understated, but the dress is straight from a barbie cake, and Rihanna is the topper. Her bad-gal attitude is a hilarious contrast to the frou frou layers and layers she's dressed in.

Best

It takes quite a star to wear the same color as the carpet and stand out entirely, and Rihanna achieved this at the 2013 Grammy's in Alaia. The sheer panels are pretty and still tasteful, and her red lips push the red envelope, but I love it. Her hair is so classic, and the trail of the gown manages to seperate from the carpet just enough to make a statement.

Worst

Rihanna's Elie Saab gown at the 2010 American Music Awards was a sartorial flop, in my opinion. The semi-sheer torso and exposed back may be a daring move for some stars, but I think Rihanna can do better. The padded shoulders, print, and her overdone curls all age her; she was only 22 here!

Best

I was back and forth on Rihanna's Alexandre Vauthier dress at the 2014 Grammy's, until I decided I really love it. It's so unexpected, almost like a trench coat or a satin smoking jacket, but she pulls it off SO well. The color is divine against her skin tone, and the leg slit and low collar (accentuated with that necklace) is beyond sexy.

Worst

Another time I didn't love Rihanna in Elie Saab was the 2010 Grammy's. The added volume is strong, but I actually prefer when Rihanna's edgy attitude is sharper than the silhouettes she wears. The high collar is too much with her angular haircut, and the feathers are overpowering.

What did I miss? What did I forget?

Rihanna's fashion choices can be divisive, and she handles the strangest of red carpet ensembles with grace, poise, and attitude that always leave me envious, whether I loved or hated the look.
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@JordanNash I love that dress too! It didn't quite make the list but it was definitely a great look
Rihanna sure knows how to make people talk with her fashion. I also really loved the black dress she wore at the 2012 Grammys. It wasn't a stand out by her standards, but I loved that it was classic with just the right amount of sexy. http://www.usmagazine.com/uploads/assets/photo_galleries/regular_galleries/1538-awards-season-2012-best-dressed-stars/photos/1329165218_rihanna-1500.jpg
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Editor Comment 차분하지만 또렷한 힘을 가진. 오래전부터 한국인은 그랬다. 은근한 끈기로 세계 무대에서도 차근차근 족적을 남겨왔다. 패션 분야도 예외는 아닐 테다. 1980년대에 일본의 재패니즈 아방가르드가 파리에서 각광받았다면, 2010년대에는 파리뿐 아니라 런던부터 뉴욕, 밀라노까지 전 세계 패션 도시에 한국인 디자이너들이 그들만의 찬란한 자국을 남기기 시작했다. 민족주의가 배제되고 국가라는 카테고리가 허물어지면서 하나의 가치가 통용되는 지금, 한국인 디자이너들은 단순히 ‘K’를 외치는 게 아니다. 세계가 원하는 그 무엇을 내놓았다. 이 너른 세상에 고민과 창조의 흔적이 선연히 베인 자신들의 디자인을 말이다. 현재 패션계에서 입을 모아 이야기하는 혁신과 지속 가능성 그리고 브랜드 서사의 확장과 같은 비전을 공유하는 6명의 한국인 디자이너와 그들이 전개하는 5개 브랜드를 소개해봤다. 지금, 바다 건너에서 빛을 받아 더없이 찬연한 이들을 주목해보자. 굼허(GOOMHEO) 허금연 굼허(GOOMHEO). 유래가 짐작되지 않는 이 단어는 런던에서 활동하는 한국인 디자이너 허금연의 이름을 딴 남성복 브랜드 이름이다. 그녀는 센트럴 세인트 마틴 학사와 석사 프레스 쇼에서 모두 ‘L'Oréal Professionel Young Talent Award’를 받으며, 유례없는 두 번의 우승을 거머쥐었다. 2018년으로 거슬러 올라가 그녀는 문화, 예술적으로 새로운 흐름을 만들어내는 후보들이 이름을 올리는 <데이즈드 100>에 선정되기도. 지금 유럽이, 그리고 전 세계가 주목하고 있는 디자이너 허금연. 최근 런던패션위크에서 패션 이스트(Fashion East)를 통해 선보인 20 가을, 겨울 컬렉션에 등장한 사이클링 쇼츠와 레깅스, 울트라 크롭 실루엣 등 컬렉션 피스에서도 여실히 느껴지는 그녀의 철학은 맨즈웨어의 파격, 소신 있는 사람들을 위한 옷을 디자인하는 것이다. 결과적으로 남성복 쇼를 통해 선보이지만, 특정 성을 위한 옷으로 규정하지 않는다는 것. 이는 추후 그녀의 행보가 기대되는 이유다. 록(ROKH) 황록 2016년 자신의 브랜드 록(ROKH)를 론칭한 디자이너 황록. 그 역시 런던 센트럴 세인트 마틴 출신으로 끌로에(Chloe), 루이비통(Louis Vuitton), 피비 파일로(Phoebe Philo)가 역임한 시절의 셀린느(Celine)에서 쌓은 경험으로 그만의 유려한 디자인을 선보인다. 2018년에 한국인 최초로 LVMH 프라이즈(LVMH Prize) 파이널 리스트에 선정돼 특별상을 수상하기도 했으며, 파리패션위크 19 가을, 겨울 컬렉션 오프닝 무대를 장식하기도. ‘Artisan Imperfection’. 완벽하지 않은 장인. 그는 스스로를 그렇게 정의했다.테일러링을 베이스로 해체주의적 요소를 가미한 여성복을 추구하는 록의 피스를 보면고개가 끄덕여지는 대목이다. 한 인터뷰를 통해그가밝힌 '아이덴티티와 유스코드는 항상 중요한 그 무엇이었으며, 나는 거기에서 형태와 스타일을 탐구한다.'라는 언급에는 이머징 세대를 위한 진정한 방식을 표현하고자 하는 힘이 느껴지기도. 커미션(Commission) 진 케이 19 봄, 여름 컬렉션으로 시작한 뉴욕 베이스의 커미션(Commission)은 위 사진 속 인물 왼쪽부터 한국 출신의 진 케이(Jin Kay), 베트남 출신의 휴 릉(Hyu Luong)과 딜란 차오(Dylan Cao) 트리오 디자이너가 함께 전개하는 여성복 브랜드다. 세 남자가 이야기하는 우먼즈웨어는 지금 전 세계가 주목하는 아시아의 새 물결. 이는 서방 패션계가 일찍이 획일화된 이미지로 정립해놓은 우리(동양)의 진면모를 그 누구보다 잘 구축해가고 있기 때문일 테다. 진 케이를 포함해 휴 릉과 딜란 차오는 아시아의 다양성을 포용하며, 그들 어머니의 80-90년대 옷장에서 꺼낸 듯한 그리고 동시에 현대 워킹 우먼을 위하는 디자인을 선보인다. 20 가을, 겨울 컬렉션에 등장한 과장된 플라워 패턴 드레스, 어깨가 강조된 재킷, 펜슬 스커트 등이 그것. 최근 2020 LVMH 프라이즈(LVMH Prize)세미 파이널 리스트에 이름을 올리기도 한 그들의 행보를 더욱 주목해보길. 메종 김해김(KIMHEKIM) 김인태 차세대 꾸띠에르 김인태가 전개하는 메종 김해김(KIMHEKIM)은 파리와 서울을 기반으로 2014년에 론칭된 여성복 브랜드. 메종 김해김의 시그니처는 단연 과장된 사이즈의 리본과 진주 디테일일 터. 김인태는 브랜드 아이덴티티를 뒷받침하는 이러한 상징적인 장치들을 극적으로 연출함으로써 예상치 못한 분위기를 탄생시키고자 한다. 우아하면서도 위트 있는. 수많은 질문을 쏟아내게 만드는 이상한 나라의 메종 김해김. 예측할 수 없는 그답게 20 봄, 여름 컬렉션에서는 ‘마이 유니폼’ 시리즈를 선보이며, 다소 정제된 미학을 드러내기도 했다. 티셔츠나 데님 팬츠처럼 일상 속 무던히 활용할 수 있는 베이직한 디자인은 메종 김해김의 또 다른 아이덴티티. 인간도 꽃처럼 아름답길 바라며 옷을 대한 다는 그의 2020년은 꽃봉오리가 만개하는 봄날과 같을지도 모르겠다. 이세(IISE) 김인태 & 김인규 뉴욕 인근 뉴저지주에서 나고 자라 각각 뉴욕 주립대에서 영문학을, 펜실베이니아 주립대에서 금융학을 전공한 김인태와 김인규 형제는 2015년 브랜드 이세(IISE)를 론칭한다. 그들을 디자이너로 이끈 건 다름 아닌 여행이었다. 2012년 처음 한국을 찾은 그들은 감물과 숯, 인디고 가루로 색을 내는 천연 염색을 보고 매료돼 이 같은 한국의 헤리티지를 컨템포러리한 감각으로 재해석한 브랜드를 세상에 선보인 것이다. 한국계 미국인의 시각으로 바라본 한국은 분명 달랐을 테다. 우리의 세대 즉 ‘2세’대라는 의미가 함축된 이세는한국 1세대의 영감을 받아광목 등 우리나라의 원단과 기술을 포함해 모든 작업을 장인 정신에 입각해 만들어낸다. 뉴욕패션위크 19 봄, 여름 컬렉션에서는 광화문 촛불 시위에서 봤던 경찰의 의복에 영감받은 테크웨어 스타일을 선보이며, 한국의 과거, 현재 그리고 미래를 녹여내기도. 이처럼 이세의 디자인은 ‘미래에도 유일하게 명확한 것은 과거’라는 김인태와 김인규의 신념을 뒷받침하기에 충분하다. 더 자세한 내용은 <아이즈매거진> 링크에서