Fenty’s Fortune: Rihanna’s Billion Dollar Looks
Rihanna has officially reached billionaire status, and in honour of her achievement, we want to revisit her most baller outfits from years past
Singer, designer, and makeup mogul—Rihanna is a booked and busy businesswoman, but she always makes time to dress well. It’s not easy narrowing our edit of the billionaire’s best outfits down to just a few individual looks, but here are five major moments where Rihanna looked every dollar’s worth of her wealth.
1/5 Met Gala glam
Rihanna wearing Guo Pei at the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala (Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
A closer look at the straight eyebrows and heavy eyeliner she wore to complement the dress (Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage)
Rihanna wearing Comme de Garçon at the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
Heavy hot pink blush blended into her eyeshadow elevates this floral look (Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage)
The Met Gala is obviously one of the year’s most major events in fashion, and Rihanna manages to make a memorable entrance every time.
2015 China: Through the Looking Glass
As the headline performer, Rihanna had to make a statement, so she wore a luxurious yellow dress and cape with fur trim and gold embroidery by designer Guo Pei. Although it took him two years to make, this look has been ‘feeding the children’ ever since, and it’s not because of #omlettegate.
2017 Rei Kawakubo/Comme de Garçon: Art of the In-Between
This Comme de Garcon garment from the autumn/winter 2016 collection is inspired by punk and 18th century culture. This dress is made up of layered floral prints that appeared like petals. A sleek topknot and plenty of hot-pink blush completed the extravagant look.
2/5 Fierce fringe
Rihanna wearing L'Impasse leaving the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards after party (Photo: James Devaney/GC Images)
Rihanna wearing Norma Kamali on stage at the BRIT Awards 2016 (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
2016 was all about fringe, and Rihanna led the way. An extremely flattering choice because of its beautiful movement, she wore it both on and off stage that year. Rihanna’s custom-made jumpsuit by L’Impasse was a major head turner as she made her way to a party after the VMAs. That shade of deep chartreuse flattered her skin tone and started to make its way into the public’s consciousness, and closets, shortly after.
The white Norma Kamali trousers she paired with a long-sleeved crop top seemed deceivingly simple but was so impactful when dancing during her performance with Drake at the BET Awards. Let’s just say she made it Work.
3/5 Sheer audacity
Rihanna wearing Adam Selman at the the 2014 CFDA fashion awards (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
More skin on show for Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Rihanna wearing her own line, Fenty, at the The Fashion Awards 2019 (Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Close up of the sparkling details on the back of Rihanna's dress (Photo: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
Bad gal Riri knows she doesn’t need clothes to look good, and her love of lingerie is likely what inspires her to gravitate towards sheer fabrics. Despite leaving little to the imagination with a nude dress designed by Adam Selman, Rihanna still looked covered up with her embellished headscarf, gloves, and tastefully placed fur scarf. The combination of Swarovski crystals and nudity was daring yet demure and totally divine.
This sheer mint coat was a clever way to cover up while still showing off her satin corset minidress, made by Ms. Fenty herself. The addition of gloves added so much to her take on modern elegance.
4/5 One colour wonder
Rihanna wearing Giambattista Valli at the 57th Grammy Awards (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
This Giambattista Valli dress has plenty of movement (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Rihanna wearing Oscar de la Renta at her Fenty launch (Photo: Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Yellow and gold details enhance this sunny look (Photo: Paul Morigi/WireImage)
What works frequently in Rihanna’s favour is doing a monochrome head-to-toe look, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be black and white. These layers upon layers of pink tulle for the Grammys probably inspired Ariana Grande’s aesthetic in general. This Giambattista Valli gown didn’t need anything else except for some light make-up in similar shades of pink and a sleek updo.
When she launched Fenty Beauty in New York, Rihanna was certainly not afraid of yellow and gold. Perhaps her penchant for these shades was an ode to her Met Gala look? She paired an Oscar de le Renta crop top and slit skirt with wrap-around heels for this event, elevating the look with pops of yellow thanks to eyeshadow and solid-gold hoop earrings.
Rihanna sporting small white shades by Andy Wolf at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival (Photo: Anthony Harvey/FilmMagic)
Rihanna in Dior at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival (Photo: Anthony Harvey/FilmMagic)
Rihanna in vintage Dolce & Gabbana and new season Loewe (Photo: Gotham/GC Images)
Rihanna and Rocky admiring each other's outfits (Photo: Gotham/GC Images)
Always one for wearing a fun and playful accessory, the singer often leads the way in influencing trends. At the Cannes Film Festival 2017, she donned a Dior dress and Andy Wolf Ojala frames. These tiny sunglasses became an overnight sensation and inspired Kendall and Kylie Jenner (and the rest of Calabasas) to sport them regularly in Instagram pics.
Rihanna was most recently spotted filming a music video with confirmed beau A$AP Rocky. She’s shifting the trend from corsets to bustiers including the pictured vintage snakeskin Dolce & Gabbana. On a side note, be sure to join the queue for shealing this autumn and winter. We predict this Loewe autumn/winter 2021 coat, which is from the brand’s menswear collection, will be a big hit.