Sartorial risk-taker Rihanna can wear couture just as easily as she can pull a street look. In 2014, Rihanna was awarded the Fashion Icon Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, (CFDA) an event to which the singer wore a transparent Adam Selman dress covered in crystals.
That so-called naked dress was a major fashion moment for Bad Girl Riri, and an inspiration for her 2017 full body crystal Gucci bodysuit. That look helped catapult Gucci into its most relevant year in decades, and was debuted on the singer’s Instagram with the caption, “phresh out”.
Born in Barbados, Rihanna has made New York her second home since 2013, renting a four-bedroom penthouse in the trendy lower Manhattan/Chinatown neighborhood. In 2017, the penthouse, located at 129 Lafayette Street, was put on the market, as the singer was paying close to $50 thousand per month in rent, according to Variety. Where will the singer and fashion legend land? Only time will tell, but the girl does love to strut her stuff in New York City.
In May 2018, Rihanna will co-host the Met’s annual Costume Institute Ball, an event to which she famously wore the “flame” dress by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei. Was that her most jaw-dropping New York fashion moment? Here are some of her most memorable New York looks, so you can decide for yourself.
1. Rihanna attends the Met Ball at the Costume Institute in 2015
This look helped put China’s premiere couture designer on the global fashion stage, and went viral as soon as the singer walked the red carpet.
2. Rihanna attends CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in 2014
Rihanna has always been known for showing skin, but this look elevated her style, summoning old Hollywood glamour and glitz.
3. Rihanna out in Manhattan during NYFW in 2017
Keeping it casual, Rihanna rocks a basic black tank dress and sneakers, but her Gucci fanny pack lets everyone know she is no “basic bitch”.
3. Rihanna at the Annual Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball, at Cipriani Wall Street in 2017
Rihanna’s charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation, promotes education through the arts and honors the signer’s grandparents. At the famed Cipriani Wall Street in 2017, Rihanna wears Ralph & Russo Couture and jewels by Chopard.
4. Rihanna after the Fenty x Puma Show at SS18 NYFW
Wearing her own Fenty x Puma SS18 designs, the singer—and designer—dresses up athleisure with heels, setting a major trend.
5. Rihanna in the Meatpacking District in summer 2017
Wearing two of 2017’s hottest trends—the off-the-shoulder suit and the plastic covered heel (these are Off-White x Jimmy Choo) the songstress makes taking fashion risks look easy.