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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.