Robyn Rihanna Fenty assassinated the fashion game at Monday night’s CFDA awards.
Many things about Rihanna are arguable, but being a fashion icon is not one of them. And the HBIC of fashion-- Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour-- agrees.
To receive her 2014 CFDA Fashion Icon award, Rihanna waltzed the red carpet in a sheer risqué Adam Selman design wearing a million watts of confidence. The Bajan beauty let her boobs and butt catch a breeze, free from any restrictions. It was a flawless homage to Josephine Baker, ahead of the late star's birthday on June 3.
"I did this look for her so she’d have a good time," Rihanna's stylist Mel Ottenberg said. "This was the perfect night do to something fun, and I wanted her to have something great that you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world.”
The custom design consisted of a “fishnet dress, gloves and headscarf...hand-embellished with over 216,000 Swarovski crystals,” according to a press release. Jewelry was kept to a minimum, as it should’ve been, but she did rock Paul Morelli diamond drop earrings, a cocktail ring and one by Jacob & Co.
Her pink stole was the perfect accessory to cover her lady parts.
Fashion is not safe. Rihanna consistently does the unthinkable and she consistently does whatever the hell she wants to do.
Wintour presented the award to Rihanna saying, “I am here tonight to talk about how Rihanna communicates through fashion, because of course, that is what style icons do. They tell us captivating stories, about themselves and about the world we live in, through the boldness and beauty of their clothes.”
Rihanna’s speech in full:
Growing up I didn't have a lot of access to fashion. But as far as I could remember, fashion has always been my defense mechanism. Even as a child I remember thinking, "She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit." [Laughter and cheers.] And to this day I mean, that is how I think about it. I can compensate for all my weaknesses with my fashion. And so really, you really can ... I enjoy the most that you can tell so much about who someone is just by their style — the way they put fashion together. And I think fashion has been an outlet for me to express myself, to speak up, to say who I am and to be very loud about it at times, and I just like to have fun with it. Fashion is just a world of thrills, it's exciting, there's no rules, there's just ... I mean, SHE has tons of rules [gestures at Anna Wintour, audience laughs] ... Scratch that! Scratch that! [More audience laughter.] There are RULES! But rules are meant to be broken. [Audience cheers and claps.]
I want to thank MAC for being so supportive and for keeping my face so cute. I want to thank all of the stylists who I've worked with because it's steps, it's stages to get here, and now I can't believe that we're here at the CFDA awards. Mel Ottenberg, thank you! You GET ME. You honestly get me, and you understand what I'm trying to say. I can send you two pictures, and you bring back the rack full of exactly what I wanted. There's nothing better than that because fashion should never be frustrating. It should be fun! Make it easy to me. I want to thank everybody here tonight, my friends, my family for being supportive, thank you guys! Good night.
Rihanna can do no wrong. Keep slaying. Never change. Salute to the fashion icon.
(Photos: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)