If your name is Rihanna and you’re showing up to the CFDA Awards to be crowned Style Icon, there’s only one rule to follow: Go big or go home!
The pop princess followed this rule to a T tonight when arrived at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America gala in a crystal-embellished see-through gown, channeling the iconic style of Josephine Baker and leaving very little to our imaginations (insert the emoji with the looking eyes here).
RiRh shined bright like a diamond in the custom-made dress by designer Adam Selman, which was comprised of more than 230,000 Swarovski crystals. She completed the look with a flesh-colored thong, matching headpiece, fur and smokey eyes.
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Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenberg described the look as “so naked.”
“I don’t know if it’s shocking—I’m with her all the time, so my shock gauge is off, but I told her that I thought she was ready for this dress a while ago, and that I wasn’t. I’m the prude, and I’m just catching up,” he told Style.com en route to the big event tonight. “We definitely wanted to make it a little bit scandalous…The dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed. But fashion is about beauty, and the [female] body is part of that.”
“So many people didn’t sleep last night,” Ottenberg revealed. “I would say at least eight people worked nonstop from 8 p.m. last night to 3 p.m. today putting on the finishing touches.” He added that the matching turban was all RiRi’s idea. “It brings such a Rihanna feel to the whole thing. It seals the deal.” Check out Adam Selman’s (Ottenberg’s boyfriend) original sketch of the showstopper below.
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Each year the CFDA’s honors the industry’s top designers. This year’s prestigious Founder’s Award went to Bethann Hardison, a former model and vocal advocate for diversity on runways.
Other A-list fashionistas of the night included Lupita Nyong’o in a Suno top and pants, Liya Kebede in Wes Gordon, and Solange Knowles, who recovered from her fail at the Met Gala in a simmer Calvin Klein Collection dress.
Previous Fashion Icon Award winners include Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp.
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