Over the years, Rihanna has topped her game in the world of fashion with some iconic ensembles, proving herself a fashion icon.
The Fenty ecosystem has released some awesome cosmetic products, lingerie, and outfit styles under LVMH in the last decade, quickly growing from an entry-level pop-up store into a world-renowned beauty label.
It came as no surprise then that the founder of the brand, Rihanna has cemented her name as a fashion icon both on and off the red carpet. In fact, the singer and entrepreneur have rocked some outstanding ensembles that became head-turners, leaving a lasting impact in the world of fashion.
Through her music and style influence, the Barbadian-born icon has proved herself a force to reckon with on all fronts. From her red carpet looks to casual outfits, let’s take a look at Rihanna’s most iconic fashion moments since storming into the world of showbiz.
1. Braving The Naked Dress, 2014
Rihanna has gifted the world several iconic fashion moments, it’s impossible to keep count. However, her choice outfit at the 2014 CDFA Awards remains her most daring.
For the occasion, the “Fashion Killa” star hit the red carpet in a sequined Swarovski crystal-encrusted dress by Adam Selman. The attire, which she paired with a furry beige shawl and a sparkling headgear would have been just one more sultry dress, except that bared her entire figure, leaving little to the imagination.
So far, only a few celebrities have dared to brave the naked dress and Rihanna happens to make the list.
2. White And Sultry, 2011
Years before donning her infamous naked dress, the singer rocked a similarly daring look at the 2011 Grammy Awards. This time, she exercised moderacy in a flowing, frilled, semi-sheer white gown which complemented her red bob-style hairdo.
An off-shoulder dress by Jean Paul Gaultier couture has never looked better on anyone.
3. Met Gala Royalty, 2018
Rihanna turned heads at the 2018 Met Gala in a regal print ensemble which she paired with matching elaborate headgear and black pointy heels.
John Galliano may have taken the credits for the singer’s regal look on the red carpet, but Rihanna certainly earned the respect she commanded.
4. Denim Chic, 2017
One of Rihanna’s most memorable fashion moments saw the songstress clad in head-to-toe denim. She rocked the spectacular outfit while going for a spin in New York on September 8, 2017, showing her support of the Canadian tuxedo.
Seeing Rihanna in Y/Project’s thigh-high denim boots and loose denim jacket slipping off her shoulders is one sight the world would not be soon to forget. Street fashion at its finest!
5. Bagging It Up, June 2018
Gracing the Louis Vuitton show in Paris on June 21, 2018, the “Emergency Room” crooner donned a white utilitarian jumpsuit. She paired the chic piece from Virgil Abloh’s debut Louis Vuitton collection with three bags including a white crossbody, a sling bag, and a transparent handbag.
The star completed the look with a pair of white sunshades and matching shoes which made her the cynosure of all eyes.
6. Black And Gorgeous, October 2020
Stepping out for a press day for the Savage X Fenty show Vol 2 in Los Angeles in October 2020, Rihanna proved herself a fashion icon to contend with. She rocked a leather blazer dress belted at the waist, pairing it with matching leather gloves and black fishnet tights.
A cluster of neckpieces teasing her cleavage complimented the “Oceans’ 8” star’s extraordinary ensemble.
7. Orange Is The New Black, February 2020
The Barbadian singer gave the world another iconic fashion moment in February 2020 when she hit the Fenty X Bergdorf Goodman NYFW party.
For the event, the icon donned an orange ensemble. It comprised a turtleneck mini-gown with side slits and a matching oversized jacket. She accessorized the look with a pair of gold hoops and a layered neckpiece sporting cross pendants. Her metallic tall boots crowned the ensemble as a showstopper.
8. Pink Lady, 2015
Rihanna gave the world a million reasons to add the color pink to every lady’s must-have fashion item when she appeared on “Good Morning America” in 2015.
The 33-year-old was captured arriving at the show in a perfectly tailored pink power suit paired with pink pointy-toe heels. She hung a massive fur shawl around her shoulder to complete the iconic Pascal Miller look.
9. The Color Purple, February 2020
Rihanna took home the prestigious President’s award at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards, but she certainly deserved more than one trophy that evening.
Taking to the stage in a purple ruffle Givenchy dress to accept her honors, the star reflected grace and charisma in her one-of-a-kind getup. There certainly should have been a best-dressed category.
10. Sunny Yellow Dress, 2015
Rihanna rocked one of her best looks of all time at the 2015 Met Gala, turning heads on the red carpet and sending netizens into a frenzy.
She graced the event in a flowing yellow gown by Guo Pei, which had a long train with furry finishings trailing behind her.
The outfit came complete with dramatic furry sleeves, an inclusion that immortalized her historic walk down the red carpet.
The daring fashion mogul is certainly not one to disappoint when it comes to stepping out in the best style. Be it rocking daring Halloween costumes or casual denim pants that made up her noughties wardrobe, Rihanna sure knows how to keep the attention on herself.
Even while heavily pregnant for her boyfriend A$ap between 2021 and 2022, Rihanna still managed to stand out in signature styles, from her pink-on-denim pregnancy reveal look to her 2000s inspired belly-baring ensemble with an animal print coat.
For the Met Gala 2021, Rihanna notably shut down the red carpet alongside her boyfriend, stunning in a Balenciaga overcoat and Stephen Jones Millinery hat. Speak of being a “fashion killa!”