Rihanna Sends a Message

Posted on February 29, 2012

It’s kind of refreshing that all our celebrity fashion today is off the red carpet, isn’t it? Not a gown or a couple mil worth of borrowed diamonds in sight. We do so love the drag revue known as the Oscars, but we find ourselves craving some street clothes to look at once awards season ends.

To that end, we ask that Miss Rihanna kindly step forward for judging.


Rihanna in London wearing a Pixelated Cleopatra sweatshirt by Unique from Topshop, Anna-Karin sunglasses, and Giuseppe Zanotti pumps.

Pixelated Cleopatra Sweatshirt by Unique


Anna-Karin Karlsson Kitten Noir Sunglasses

Prediction: Now that she’s dead, Liz is going to become the patron saint of bad girl celebrities, just you watch. And we can’t help thinking she would have LOVED that. She’ll be the iconic face that says “Fuck the Haters” as opposed to fellow icon Marilyn, whose image tends to send the message “Please love me.”

Also, we’re seriously jealous of anyone who can wear those shades. Love the shoes, too. Hate the necklace.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, topshop.com, annakarinkarlsson.com]

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    • http://twitter.com/Athenabast Athena Bast

      Funny you should mention Liz being the patron saint of bad girl celebrities since it’s rumoured Lindsay Lohan wants to star in a biopic about her.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        Oh no, she IS. It’s a Lifetime movie.  

        • dress_up_doll

          She is sooooo unworthy.

        • Gayer_Than_Thou

          “Liz Taylor” and “Lifetime movie” should never be mentioned together.  That’s the first problem.

          • ShivaDiva

            Knowing Lifetime the TV movie will focus exclusively on some obscure case in 1983 when some stalker kept casing her mansion or something.

    • Christine Marie

      I’m all for Liz as an icon, but in regards to the actual outfit, what the fuhhhh happened here? 

      • Allison Woods

         Uhhh, YEAH,,,,, nice idea, but major potato sackage.

    • Paigealicious

      Seriously hating the hair.

    • Laurie Bergman

      Now *there* is a true cat-eyed pair of sunglasses!

    • Gayer_Than_Thou

      That’s a whole lotta look.  The skirt is the part I like least — I think this would be more fabulous with pants, or maybe black pedal pushers (with different shoes, obviously).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        But then she’d be viewed as “normal” and we just can’t have that.  

        • Little_Olive


        • bitchybitchybitchy

          You got that right-“normal” and Rihanna cannot be in the same sentence or dimension.

    • http://ihaveaphdinhorribleness.tumblr.com/ Dr. Horrible

       I get that she’s trying to ‘dress up’ the sweatshirt but I don’t like the necklace or the skirt. I think this would look way better with some black skinny jeans. However, I am 100% behind her saying fuck the haters. And those sunglasses.

    • DeborahLipp

      I am ready to buy those sunglasses RIGHT NOW.

    • http://twitter.com/GaraStJames Gara St. James

      I guess she chose the necklace to coordinate with Liz as Cleopatra?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

      Don’t care for the sweatshirt with skirt combo.  Would have seemed more fun with a pair of jeans maybe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I am not jealous of anything she has on. She looks ridiculous.  

    • Judy_J

      Gotta admit, I love those sunglasses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508965562 Amanda Choo Quan

      the skirt by itself is to die, though. Love the slit at the back.

    • tired_mommy

      Hate the shades.

    • yulaffin

      I took one look at those glasses and thought “Batgirl!”

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986?hl=en&tab=h Judy S

      This looks to me precisely like a great street look, i.e. not a celebrity’s look at all. If I saw her, I wouldn’t say, “who IS she?” but “How great to see a beautiful woman wearing crazy clothes like that.” 

    • SpcilK

      That B*%$# KRAZY!!!!!

    • Jasmine Moten

      I like all of the pieces, minus the skirt. But not together.

    • Mariah J

      Ehh…I think the sweatshirt looks frumpy and odd and the glasses are pure alien. Not working for me. 

    • Emanuel Iuhas

      She’s so hypocrate!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Something seems clumsy about that skirt. Maybe the length is off? Or is it just the Wack camera angles?

    • sleepycat

      NEED that sweater and I am upset they don’t have a men’s version (or a much bigger women’s)

    • twocee

      The only thing that comes to mind when looking at those sunglasses is the old black cat clock with the eyes that moved back and forth.  I’m blanking on the name of that cat.  But the glasses’ silhouette reminds me of that shape.

      Felix the Cat?  Was that it?

      • krelnick

        Kit Kat Clock

      • kimmeister

        Yes, it was Felix!

    • BookishBren

      I actually hate the shades. I think she looks ridiculous.

    • NasserShaheen

      She looks like a bag lady.

    • Stubenville

      Message? The sunglasses say “I am from planet Excelon Five”.

    • queeniethebold

      Elizabeth Taylor reportedly hated being called “Liz.”  

      Rhianna looks ridick. And yikes, what is UP with that hair. Yikes.

    • Monabel

      That is one ridiculous skirt.

    • mmgk

      I fear she better get used to wearing sunglasses.

      • http://twitter.com/80nine CAMERON

        possibly the funniest comment i’ve ever read…

        • TheOtherChristina

          ikr, domestic abuse is so lol

    • Thathoodwink

      Dopey sunglasses, love the shoes. 

    • Lilithcat

      The skirt, shirt, glasses and jewelry are all utterly ridiculous.  If she weren’t famous, people would laugh and point.

      The shoes, on the other hand, are fabulous.

    • SewingSiren

      I always thought Elizabeth Taylor’s personal life was more entertaining than any of the movies she ever made. I can name all of the  designers of her various wedding dresses , but I think I only no the names of 2 of her films. 

    • butterflysunita

      Hate almost every element of this look, but somehow it works for her.  I don’t know why.  

    • http://twitter.com/Kerry_McC Kerry McCombs

      I want that sweatshirt. WANT IT NOW.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      I do quite hate this outfit, and that necklace is atrocious. It looks like she got dressed in the dark.

    • TheOtherChristina

      The shoes are nice. The shades might be cute in the context of the right outfit. This is not that outfit. This outfit needs to be set on fire.

      • AthenaJ

        I’ll supply the matches

        • sagecreek

          I have lighter fluid.

    • alyce1213

      Ick.  Elizabeth Taylor is rolling in her grave.
      Nice shoes, though.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      No, no, no, no, yes for the shoes.

      Rihanna is a mess.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I can’t think of a more fitting tribute than for her to become the patron saint of bad girls everywhere.

      • formerlyAnon

        But bad girls with a good heart & an optimistic streak. As my mother used to say “At least she *marries* her men.”

    • Sara__B

      Hair – straw. Sunglasses – 60s camp super villainess. Necklace – cheap looking. Sweatshirt – needs jeans. Skirt – fabulous, with different separates. Heels – great with the skirt, but not with everything else. Add it all together and it doesn’t say “street” or “fashion” to me, just “awkward”.

    • kimmeister

      I think everything is horrible but the shoes.

    • AthenaJ

      Huge printed images look better on funky asymetric t-shirts rather than frumpy massive sweatshirts. A T with a belt to sinch it in would have worked better with the skirt. Though if the sweatshirt must stay, then at least pair it with a pair of skinny jeans or something. Her top half looks like it’s going to Atlantic City to play the slots, and her bottom half is off to a nice dinner somewhere.

    • finnishmaria

      I feel like this would have looked better as a more casual look, with jeans or something like that.

      But I love the sweatshirt.

    • nannypoo

      Oh for god’s sake.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

      i would like it better if the sweater was a large instead of an extra large

    • NCDFan

      Well, clearly anyone can wear that sweatshirt equally badly.

    • malvernite

      bodacious. love rihanna.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      whatever Rihanna, can you please deal with your roots?..Liz would not approve….

    • leave_Blake_alone

      The necklace (and the sunglasses too, really) is just too much for this look. The sweatshirt does so much on its own that it didn’t need to be gussied up with such unusual accessories. More standard sunglasses would have been better.

      Love the sweatshirt, love the shoes.

    • GTrain

      RiRi’s mouth says “F— the haters” but I think “Please love me” is much closer to the truth.

    • Laurie Schafer

      Lovely, feminine shoes!

    • fiestyfashionfem

      God, I’m old.

      • formerlyAnon

        I laughed out loud, so many things elicit this thought as I go through the day!

        • kentiesgirl

           My consistent “God, I’m old” moment is hearing what they play on the “oldies” station. Whoever came up with the phrase “oldies music” should be slapped. If it played when I was in HS, it will NEVER be oldies, no matter what you say Dick Biondi. 😛

    • julnyes

      I would love that sweater with skinny jeans … but the styling here is not working for me.

    • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

      HATE the sunglasses. Love the shoes.

      • Pennymac

        Me too. Those shoes are fierce!

    • SapphoPoet

      Yeah, this was clearly one of those outfits where you need to look in the mirror before you leave the house and remove one item. And that item should have been the necklace. Otherwise, a surprising, interesting outfit. 

      • sagecreek

        Oh, I think that item should have been the shirt.

    • formerlyAnon

      Rich, fashionable celeb on laundry day?

      The shoes are AWESOME.  As far as I can tell, an excellent skirt, as well.

      *DANGER* Will Robinson *DANGER AHEAD*

      ONLY because the sweatshirt features Liz, looks brand spanking new, and is on a gorgeous woman is she not damned as “college girl running out of clothes” and a possible candidate for “What Not To Wear.”

      Necklace looks cheap & tacky – really tacky over the sweatshirt. Hope it *was* cheap. (Ha.)

      Whew! We’re back to relative safety. The glasses are a strong look, not for everybody, but they work great on her.

      I’m thinking the shoes and the bald friend/minder/jacket carrier behind her are the takeaways, here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mikemoralesLA Mike Morales

      She’s a cipher, there’s nothing there. More often than not, her outfits are horrible and her hair is consistently bad except for her original short cut. To borrow a turn of phrase from Sanda Bernhard:  Elizabeth Taylor and other “bad girl” female stars like Ava Gardner, Marilyn, Rita Hayworth and others CREATED the road. There was no road before those women. They did things that would break these little bitches in half.

    • unbornfawn

      Too much money. Not enough taste.

    • RroseSelavy

      Love the sweatshirt, love the shoes, hate the hair, hate the necklace, hate the celebrity.

    • Saoirse Lee

      Can I be a graphic design nerd and point out that, at least from these pictures, that doesn’t appear to be a pixelated image of Elizabeth Taylor, but a halftone screen. *pushes glasses up nose with pencil* 

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      The shades look like wee kitty cat ears.

      • kentiesgirl

         They DO; and I’m super jealous of them….I had about twenty pairs of (cheap-think Claires) sunglasses in the younger years going for that look and never quite getting it right. I think they look great with the bangs, but better with a ponytail as well.

    • boweryboy

      It’s a fun look – largely in part to the awesome sweatshirt.  I hate the sunglasses and the necklace.

      If she put on a different pair of sunglasses, pulled her hair back in a ponytail and replaced the shoes (although I do think they’re fierce) with a pair of black lowtop Chucks or white 14 eye Docs (as cliched as that may be) she would rock a cute young urban girl look. 

      Then later in the day she pops on those fierce heels, lets down her hair, replaces the sweatshirt with a black Swarwoski studded bustier and cream colored cropped leather jacket she could go from day to night in an instant.

    • ccm800

      I hate that these women ESP musicians – cant go to the damn convenience store without a stylist. how do you ever connect with an audience when nothing about you is authentic?

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        Have you seen how vicious people get when somebody famous runs a quick errand in sweats, a ballcap, and no makeup?  

        • ccm800

           Yessum. But Joan Jett wouldn’t give one rat’s ass what SOME people thought or said. :) 

          • holdmewhileimnaked

            but she does. cos everyone who’s ever known her knows what everyone else thinks is true is true &, even at this late date, she wont say. which is weird.

        • ccm800

           Yessum. But Joan Jett wouldn’t give one rat’s ass what SOME people thought or said. :) 

    • enchanted216

      I love it….so 80’s;) And I love the shoes, too. Hate the necklace….LOL!

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Brogan

      I kind of hate everything she’s wearing except the shoes. And her hair is tragic.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I love the top, but I don’t like it with the skirt at all. Better with leggings or black jeans or something.

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      This is genius, I love the way the Liz Top looks so flat like a billboard

    • patticake1601

      oh those shoes….swooooon

    • quiltrx

      I’ll take the sweatshirt, please.  It’s huge on her, so it just might be my size.

    • http://twitter.com/ennisamy Amy Ennis

      Cute shirt, but I could do without everything else in the picture, celebrity included. I think she has pushed domestic violence issues back thirty years in the past two weeks. Just my two cents. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25500124 Eric Jacobs

      Are we just not gonna talk about fit and proportion with that sweatshirt?  MESS.  she looks like a buffoon…GURL.  

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Well… no. It’s a sweatshirt.

        • kentiesgirl

          HA! Spit out a bit of coffee on that one :)

    • RzYoung

      Aw, I’m so glad the dude got the autograph. I don’t like anything she’s wearing, soz.

    • Call me Bee

      Love the shirt–hate the skirt, necklace and ugly sunglasses.  They are just silly. 

    • Mary Stansbury

      Aside from the clothes, look at the autograph hound in the first couple of pictures. He has the pen in his mouth to uncap it and then hands it over to Rhianna. Ewwwww! Instead of free clothes from designers, celebrities should ask for free bottles of Purell.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      The sunglasses have an appropriate name, and they are something I’d want to have seen Julie Newmar wearing.

    • MilaXX

      I would kill for those sunglasses. I like a lot of Rhi Rhi’s street style and I like this look.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      LOVE the shades. The necklace has kind of a Flava Flav vibe to it, and I just can’t get behind that.
      The sweatshirt is kind of awesome. Because Liz was all kinds of awesome. *sniff*

    • BazoDee

      OH those shoes!! Drool! 

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Love the shoes. SO pretty. So not platforms.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Although part of me finds that sweatshirt uber-tacky, somehow it’s working in this look…or am I just having a bad style day?

    • glennethph

      I want her to go away. She got beaten up by Chris Brown and now, they’re together again. If she gets hurt or worse, dies, then it’s all on her now. I’m done with her.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I love the sweater and the shoes, but HATE the sunglasses.  Different strokes, I guess…  :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheChangling Michelle Lucas

      Must have those SHADES!!!! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheChangling Michelle Lucas

      Hate on Arrival!!

    • Lisa

      I WANT THAT SWEATSHIRT!!!  AND I WANT IT NOOOOWWWW!!!!  (Yes, I *am* willing to have a tantrum of Veruca Salt-level proportions over this).

    • BrightsideSusan

      Oh!  The shoes.

    • bitterk

      I am thrilled she ditched the cartoonish red hair.  She earned a pass for at least a year.

    • samo_samo

      Love, love, love the shoes! The skirt could have a wonderful life with a different top, but with the baggy sweatshirt not so much.