It wasn’t just Rihanna’s performance that had me stunned at the Anti World Tour but also her sickening fashions. Over the course of her career, Rihanna has earned herself a status as a style icon with her daring sense of style and innate ability to make nearly anything she puts on look nothing less than stunning. I say nearly; let’s not forget those pointed Converse kitten heels. Actually… do try to forget. I digress, so it came as no surprise that when it came to yet another world tour that Ms. Fenti would be coming to play, and with the help of her directional stylist, Mel Ottenberg, she is serving us looks for days on days on days.
In a potentially controversial move, Rihanna and Ottenberg decided to strip back her aesthetic in comparison to previous tours and focus on four custom monochromatic looks. Having worked on Rihanna’s previous tours, Ottenberg knows the importance and specifics needed for outfits to perform in. Movement, dance, quick changes and durability are just as important as to how an outfit looks and Ottenberg knows that all of these details need to go hand in hand. Because of this Ottenberg worked closely with the tour’s creative director and choreographers to achieve the perfect balance. The result is what I would describe as the post-apocalyptic lovechild of an X-man and a Final Fantasy character. High fashion cosplay realness. Why don’t we take a closer look at each of the four outfits so you can look at God.
In a fresh white hooded coat, simple bodysuit and a pair of ruched thigh-high boots, Rihanna looked nothing short of heaven in what looks like something ripped straight from the pages of a Frank Quietly drawn X-men comic.
This nude lace-up jumpsuit with crisscross lacing that goes up and down the body creates the provocative illusion that Rihanna is naked when in actual fact she is fully covered. Finished off with a head to toe do-rag creates the hooded mystique that is a trend through three quarters of these looks. A white mage from an RPG gamer’s wildest dreams. Simple and strong.
This huge, dramatic sweeping brown coat is a true statement piece. Gigantic, but also light, allows Rihanna whip this thing around to incredible effect. It was important to Ottenberg not to constraint her movement or feeling on stage just for a costume. Underneath the coat is the reveal; a fringed, beaded jumpsuit that is all about the movement and let’s Riri work work work work work work that stage. Give me the drama. Give me this outfit. Give the gays everything that they want.
And finally we have this oversized and layered brown pant and jacket ensemble. Normally I would frown upon this choice as brown is a pet peeve of mine with it being such a close family member to camel (ew) but this works. Flawlessly. Rihanna has the ability to make me gag over a brown monochromatic oversized ensemble. Brown! And that is no mean feat. I’ll put my glass up and drink to that. (Cheers)