The fact that bad girl Riri is one of the ultimate style icons of our generation is an undeniable one. She’s basically the Madonna of our generation. Whenever she steps out, she makes heads turn and scratch. Why? Because she’s fearless; she can put on a burlap sack and still look perfect. Her outfits are racy and outrageous, but she can make them work. Of course, it helps that she has curves for days, which doesn’t only go to show that you don’t have to conform to the ‘perfect body’ stereotype to totally slay every time you leave the house. However, today we’re here paying close and well-deserved attention to the looks that Riri has been rocking on her Valerian tour.
For those of you not in the know, Rihanna has teamed up with Luc Besson and Cara Delevingne in a newly released sci-fi movie Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets in which she plays a shape-shifting cabaret performer named Bubble. The movie itself has been getting a lot of buzz, but Rihanna’s press tour wardrobe has given us plenty to think and talk about as well.
We’ll always have Paris
It’s safe to say that when it comes to Rihanna, there is no comfort zone. She merges all the fashion boxes and always manages to surprise us, even though we’ve come to expect the unexpected. Just as we thought things couldn’t get more interesting and artistic than her Met Gala looks, particularly the one from 2017, she still managed to dazzle us when she stepped out in a head-to-toe statement look in Paris. Her bejeweled, feathery Prada curve-enhancing skirt was complemented by a pair of pale pink feathered Charlotte Olympia sandals, and the beads on the two-piece paired with a bejeweled clutch, tonal diamond jewelry and Cutler and Gross sunglasses.
We may dare to rock these pieces individually, but Rihanna gives us the courage to be more bold and experiment with fashion rather than staying in our comfort zone.
Boho, ostentatious, gorgeous
Yet another look from this tour deserves our undivided attention, and it’s the one she flaunted on a red carpet in London. This Giambattista Valli look got plenty of attention from the press, in part due to the low-cut, off-the-shoulder neckline that shows off Rihanna’s curves, but in other part due to the sheer elegance and gypsy vibe of the empire waist and tumbling fabric silhouette. While we wouldn’t even dream of attempting to copy the first look, this one is far more relatable and wearable.
Riri is here to tell us that boho and gypsy dresses are definitely back (because she brought them back), so the next time you have an event, don’t be afraid of following in her footsteps and embracing the elegant boho goddess within.
Setting trends, breaking rules
Sure, the artist managed to leave us breathless with her Valerian tour looks, but this is definitely not the first time we were shocked and delighted with her innovative and daring looks. However, this isn’t the only thing we admire and love about Rihanna. We also love the fact that she’s not afraid of taking a chance on up-and-coming luxury designers, some of whom she single-handedly put on the map. One such case was the unforgettable yellow ensemble, that reportedly took months to create, and the person who pulled it off is, at the time, a little-known designer named Guo Pei. Let us of course not forget Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air, the face behind the looks showcased during her 2016 VMAs Vanguard performance.
Still, it would be unfair to take note only of her red carpet and performance attire when then times Riri really shines is when she’s caught off guard rocking the ultimate street style goals. Once such case was the performer’s casual outing in a $35 Trapvilla T-shirt by Atlanta stylist-turned-street wear designer Farren Fucci, whom she reportedly became a fan of after seeing his virtual mood-board-style Polyvore collages on Twitter. The list of designers Rihanna put on the map is endless, and they include but aren’t limited to Palmer Harding, Matthew Adams Dolan, and Simon Porte Jacquemus, whose oversized menswear-inspired pinstripe suit she wore when performing Four Five Seconds.
When it comes to fashion, Rihanna is a total chameleon. From glitz and glamour, gypsy dresses, oversized suits and capes that go for days, there’s not a trend she hasn’t set and rules she hasn’t broken. The ease with which she navigates from one style to another, often merging several into one single look is not only what makes her a fashion icon, but an inspiration. With her outfits, she tells us that we can wear and be whatever and whoever we want, and that’s why we love her most of all.