Considered a style icon even by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Rihanna has managed to push boundaries and influence fashion for the past decade in a way that very few others celebs have. With 8 albums and quite a few movies under her belt, Rihanna remains a fashion and hair inspiration for millions of people.
Check out some of Rihanna’s best red carpet looks, that didn’t just get her at the top of the best dressed list, but also cemented her status as a fashion icon. From glamorous dresses to edgy suits, here are some of Rihanna’s most memorable looks.
Making a stunning entrance at the Grammy Awards, Rihanna impressed in a Giambattista Valli Spring 2015 Couture gown, compared by fashion critics to a deliciously stylish cupcake.
The pink tulle gown was perfectly accessorized with Chopard jewels and natural makeup, making her one of the best dressed stars at the ceremony.
2014 CFDA Awards
One of Rihanna’s best red carpet looks and definitely her most controversial, the custom Adam Selman gown worn by the singer when she accepted the Style Icon award made headlines around the world. The see-through creation included over 200,000 Swarovski crystals, and Rihanna wore it with matching gloves and a headscarf, channeling old Hollywood glamor with a modern edge.
2014 Met Gala
While the singer has showcases some gorgeous dresses on the red carpet, Rihanna has also proven again and again that she can rock separates in style. At the 2014 Met Gala, she wore a Stella McCartney crop top and skirt. The backless top and the skirt’s train made the look more sophisticated, and she completed it with a diamond choker.
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Definitely one of Rihanna’s best red carpet looks, her custom Azzedine Alaia gown worn at the 2013 Grammy Awards was the perfect choice for a look that made her stand out on the red carpet while also matching it. The slightly see through dress featured an A-line silhouette and a long train, for a fresh look that was perfect for the occasion.
2012 Time 100 Gala
While Rihanna has proven that she pull off the bad girl image again and again, she can also be sweet in her fashion choices. Wearing a strapless fuchsia dress from the Marchesa Resort 2012 collection, the singer shone on the red carpet. She kept an edgy feel to the look with black nails and matching Christian Louboutin heels.
The custom black Giorgio Armani gown is also one of Rihanna’s best red carpet looks. The plunging neckline and high slit were matched by the open back in a number that was very sexy, while still coming off as sophisticated, thanks to her choice of delicate necklaces and black Christian Louboutin pumps.
2011 Billboard Music Awards
Proving that she can rock a pantsuit with as much style as a gown, Rihanna wore a white Max Azria suit at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Keeping her white blouse unbuttoned was the sensual touch that made it a true Rihanna fashion moment. A gold tassel necklace and nude Louboutin heels completed her white look.
2010 MTV Europe Music Awards
While many other A-listers would get lost in all the waves of tulle on her Marchesa gown, Rihanna turned it into a gorgeous look for the MTV EMA purple carpet. The blush gown with peek-a-boo details ended up as one of Rihanna’s best red carpet looks, especially since her fiery red updo was perfectly coiffed and matched the gown’s level of sophistication.
2010 American Music Awards
With a more toned down hair color, Rihanna pulled off a gorgeous Elie Saab Couture gown at the American Music Awards in 2010. The scarlet gown was the perfect choice for the red carpet, and the singer completed her look with hoop earring.
2009 Met Gala
Choosing a Dolce & Gabbana pantsuit for the 2009 Met Gala proved an inspired choice. Taking the menswear inspiration to the extreme, but still keeping feminine details like the puff sleeves and ruffle shirt resulted in one of Rihanna’s best red carpet looks, and it perfectly matched the theme of the Costume Institute Gala, “Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion”.