Rihanna in Alexander Wang

Posted on March 29, 2012

Oh, Ri, honey. We don’t know about this one.


Rihanna attends a photocall for “Battleship” in London in an Alexander Wang dress.

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

She’s been doing this whole ’80s-style sexbomb thing lately and we’re all for young ladies who can work an ’80s-style sexbomb look. But this is – we’ll say it – kind of ugly, no? She looks spectacular from the back, but that front is all about the cooch. It’s an advertisement for it. Everything points to Lady Central. The curtains are about to rise on Rihanna’s crotch, world. Stand back.

Also, the top half looks like a trash bag.

So, that’s a “No.”

[Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images, elle.com]

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  • In_Stitches

    Sure it looks like a bathing suit and a sarong, but I still think it’s fabulous.  Hate the hair though.

    • MilaXX

       Agreed, hate the hair, can’t wait til she moves onto another color, but I like the dress.  Overall, despite the hair, I like this look.

      • brokephilosopher

        agreed on both.  I don’t love the top half of the dress, but I think she looks great except that I can’t get past the hair!!!

      • Jennifer Coleman

        Looks better on her than on the model. I visually screen out RiRi’s hair color as a rule.

      • PantherontheRunway

        I actually don’t hate the hairstyle, just the color.
        Me being black, and my mother and her mother, always told me colored women shouldn’t dye blonde because it looks odd lol

        • MilaXX

           I’m a brown gal too. I’m not against black gals wearing/dyeing the hair blonde, but it needs to be the right shade. My own hair has been just about every color of the rainbow.  MJB has been blonde forever and most times manages to get the right shade. The problem with this look is that Rhi Rhi is intentionally going for a sort of trailer trash look, hence the dark roots.

    • MissAnnieRN

      I agree – I actually like this quite a bit.  I think a scoshe more fabric along the bust/armpit line and it might be close to perfect.

      Also, why do the dark haired ladies want blonde hair?  I don’t get it.  But I subscribe to the theory that one should never go more than 2 shades lighter/darker than their natural color and I’m a brunette, so……

      • Jecca2244

        i’ve never wanted to be blonde, even though i used to highlight my dark brown hair (though i have always wanted to be five inches taller ha). i just also don’t get the nasty roots. It is counterintuitive to what i was taught my whole life!

      • I subscribe to the theory that your hair should never be lighter than your skin colour…

        • sweetestsith

           Eh, there are people with dark skin who are born with light hair, as well as very blonde people with fair skin. I’m more or less on board with staying within two shades of your natural hair, but there are lovely exceptions to that too.

          • That is true. I should have specified dyed hair! When it’s natural, it tends to look better. But look at the overly bronzed people of the world, with the stark bleached blonde hair. Or the pale hipster kids who have ripped all the pigments out of their hair. It just… doesn’t look good. And I don’t think Rihanna’s hair looks as good as it should – especially considering how much money she probably spent to get it to look that way.

      • formerlyAnon

        Can’t say why they give in and *do it* but I think most of us get a yen for whatever hair is about as far away from our own as one can get. Mine is blonde (once by nature, now by box) with a slight wave to it. I spend years wishing I had straight, blue-black hair like the asian girls in the movies did. (Fortunately never was dumb enough to try to go there.)  More recently I envy those with a real curl to their hair.

      • joaniemouse

         I actually think if the draping material was switched from back to front it would look better.  Having all that draping detail on her backside would look fabulous.

    • NC_Meg

      Agree. I actually really like the dress. The hair looks like Lindsay Lohan’s. No bueno.

    • Agreed on both counts.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Yeah, the color is better than the Ronald McDonald hair she sported for so long.  But just barely.

    • Agreed! It’s a fabulous dress, and I think the bottom half with the crotch curtains is the best part, oddly enough. Top is a little trashbag-esque, but her frame was built for that silhouette. BUT I SERIOUSLY HATE CHYO NAILS GURL, they all look like the really long one drug dealers snort coke out of. All of them. Cocaine talons.

  • JosephLamour

    This is the kind of dress the term “vagina curtains” was made for.

  • halleygee

    I think she looks great and I never think she looks great… it’s not the best color but the dress works on her.

  • Malice Grant

    Looks infinitely better on her than on the model. And… uh … well damn, I’ll just say it. She could spend all day walking away from me in this dress and I wouldn’t be mad at her.

  • piecesofconfetti

    I don’t mind the dress, but I’m not liking her hair for some reason.

  • Ya… thats a no! The photos with Taylor Kitsch though: super YES for him! 😀

  • RebeccaKW

    I like this version of the blond hair, rather than the scruffy meg ryan version she’s been sporting.  From the side, that is a wowza.  From the front, it is hideous.  The skirt looks like the diapers Beldar wore in Conehead when he had to narfel the garthob.

  • janedonuts

    Actually, I think IN. I like the dress and didn’t think about her privates at all. 

    • Yep, me too, never even occurred to me. She looks great. IN

    • Lizzyisi

       Yup. In.

  • moppet

    It’s awesome. The fit in the back is slammin’. But oh, that hair. How is it that that particularly wig looks more “wiggy” and gross than some of the fake red ones she was sporting? 

  • lovelyivy

    Hate the hair, and I’d probably hate this dress particularly on anyone else, but she is working it. Yea!

  • TieDye64

    I dunno. Maybe it’s the lighting, but she actually looks good in this and I rarely dig her style. At all. The dress looks far worse on the model. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      It’s so refreshing to see a dress that actually looks better on a girl with a shape than on a skinny model. You definitely need assets to fill out this dress and RiRi is not lacking in that department.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    the rear view makes up for the front, loathe the hair, looks like she just picked it up off one of those styrofoam wig heads and plunked it on hers…..

  • I think this is so much better than she usually looks (her street style and her concert ware never cease to horrify me). I think the combination of colors is pretty and i actually like the draping on the skirt. its pretty, its flattering and sexy without being vulgar. Like the bracelet, indifferent on the shoes, the hair well at least it is within the natural human color wheelhouse. progress!

  • DinaSews

    I can’t get past the side boob. 

    • kimmeister

      And is that a gun tattoo pointing at one of them???

  • DeborahLipp

    Couldn’t disagree more. She looks sleek, almost painted-on, sharp, strangely modest and yet bombshell sexy. I’m totally on board.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    as ever, i despise the 80s–but this doesnt remind me of them. maybe the shoes, but only a little. & she looks really good here. compared to the people who cant for the life of them find dresses that fit, no matter how much they get fussed over [the people & the dresses]? nah–this may not be perfect but it is pretty good.

  • nannypoo

    This is a great piece of slutwear. It’s nasty, but it’s the kind of thing she wears. Given that, I think it looks good on her.

  • up with pod people

    Can’t help it, I love that natural bronze colour.

  • B

    The model in the dress just looks so angry… about — everything. It’s actually amusing. The dress is completely unsexified on her. 

    • norseofcourse

      And those Amish shoes sure aren’t helping to lighten the mood.

  • Really? I hate the color and (as per usual) her hair, but she’s rocking the hell out of that little dress and I think she looks fantastic. 

  • Yeah, I’m really not living this Scarface thing she has going on lately (Grammy dress? ick) but I kind of liked this one….until I scrolled down to the crotch curtain. Double ick. But that pic of her from the back? DAMN I wish I had her butt.

    • B

       I do have that butt actually, but if I took one step there would be some terribly out of control shaking goin’ on. Not good. Not good at all.

  • I like the color of the dress, but that’s about it! 

  • Judy_J

    Too much side boobage.  And her hair reminds me of those wigs Za Za Gabor was selling back in the 1970’s.

  • Shoot, I’m on the other side again.  I think she looks stunning, but I’m sick of the Pomeranian/80’s sex bomb hair.

  • I think she looks amazing.  Love the color, love the draping.  You know a woman’s cooch is the birthplace of civilization so why not celebrate it!

  • TheOtherChristina

    I actually dig the dress, although I think it is giving me more data about her boobs than I really need. Some stick-on cups would not have been remiss here.

    Also, not to be a total mom, but Rihanna, would it kill you to put on some lipstick?

    • BrooklynBomber

      “data about her boobs” – funny!

      As for lipstick, I think she’s wearing a wrong shade of pink.

  • I don’t like the way the top is cut. Not flattering, too slutty…

  • LOVE the shoes.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    No to everything about this look, except the shoes. She can keep those for better outfits (and hair).

  • Snailstsichr

    I think she looks better than the model. I’m also digging this shade of blonde on her. So, now that I’ve said something nice, I’m going to give myself a cookie.

  • She looks fabulous.

  • wisenhar

    Am I the only person who thought I saw Goldie Hawn at first glance? 

    She’s got a rocking butt, but I don’t care for the way it fits her torso.  At first I thought she needed more support, but then she’d be spilling out the sides.  I’m pretty much in the middle on this one.

  • AthenaJ

    For Rihanna, this look is positively modest. I actually like this dress on her – it’s sexy without being overly skanky, and the color looks pretty good on her… there aren’t many who it would work on. On the model the dress looks sad, and I think it’s making the model even sadder.
    Ri’s hair also looks much healthier, and would be totally ok if it werent for the visible dark roots (isnt’ there some sort of blond root touchup she can use??). Plus the softer hair really highlights what an cute face she has and how adorable she looks when she’s smiling demurely like this. Btw I’d kill to have a butt like her, but I’d probably have to do 10,000 lunges a day to come even close!

    • MilaXX

       sadly the roots are intentional

  • StelledelMare

    It’s actually not bad. I just wish it was in a different color. Maybe a jewel tone. Hate the hair

  • I actually like the dress on her. Since when is she so white though? She been reading Michael Jackson’s diary on his skin bleaching techniques?

  • Not being poo colored would most likely help it. Also, her hair color does not occur in nature. But when was the last time it did??

  • alyce1213

    Ditto to no.  I don’t particularly like the dress, but it looks better on the model.  She wears it slutty.

  • Sara__B

    She’s on my irrational celebrity like list, even though almost everything she wears and does should be on my checklist of dislikes. She looks fabulous is this dress — fried dyed hair, loose breasts, vagina curtains, tattoos, and all.

  • IN, you fools. 

  • Little_Olive

    I think it’s a great dress. It’s her that makes it Coochtastic, what with her “betcha thought I was a hooker… wrong!” attitude.  

  • Gotta disagree…I’m not always a fan of her look, but this looks good on her. Really like this hair better than the crayola look she was working for awhile. Still not the right shade for her, but a big step in the right direction. The only think I don’t like are the pointy fingernails.

    • MilaXX

       The nails are a trend called stiletto nails. I hate it because it reminds of Bond villains.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    It’s all wrong, head to toe. 

  • I love this dress, I hate the hair. Other than the hair she looks gorgeous.

  • ccm800

    I loves it! I thing it looks sexy, slung on and jaunty! The Goldie Hawn wig however…not so much.

  • It´s kind of playful, not bad. I don´t approve of the smiley face, she needs to pull the ‘tude to make this work.

  • cirqueen

    i love it! the dress doesnt scream cooch any more than the back screams booty.  She looks fantastic!

  • iCouture

    Gurl has a badonk!!!   

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I’m kind of digging the dress and she certainly has the bod for it. But that shit on top of her head…that’s some hooker hair right there.

  • PeaceBang

    It would have been a fabulous look if not for the stupid Extreme White Girl hair.

  • Everything is a little off, but I actually like it by and large.

  • I don’t like the color of the dress, but I do think it’s cute. From the back, yes, it is TOO AWESOME and in the front, I don’t think the gathering around her ladyparts is that bad. If it were two-toned or sheer? But it’s not, just some gathered fabric to remind you she’s got a cooch under there and she’s not afraid to show it.
    The hair. So over it. Ri-Ri, please, just move on to some new hair, ok?!

  • oohsparkley!

    Fabulously Farrah-ish.  I think it’s great.  I don’t think it’s all about the cooch curtains either, there is plenty of curvaceous landscape to view.  Respectfully disagreeing with the normally spot on Tlo.

  • I really like the dress. :o/

  • I think she looks great! 

  • lolaleen

    She’s actually wearing clothes and her boobs are covered up, so I’m considering this one a marked improvement.

  • marilyn

    It starts out looking good.  And she looks better than the runway model.  But, then, after looking at the color, styling details, the sleazy cut around the boobage, the tight fit, and suddenly it looks slutty, and not in a good way. 

  • joe_tey83

    I don’t get her ‘style’ at all. It’s basically just overtly sexual trashy hooker wear every time all the time.

    • alyce1213

      Yeah, ‘style.’

  • I disagree. Love the dress. Didn’t even notice the cooch, ’til you pointed it out. Shoes are boring though. And I will never think that hair color doesn’t look ridiculously fake on her.

  • Really dislike the dress and the wig.  I miss her with her short natural hair.  I found her much prettier.

  • sweatpantalternative

    Rihanna looks like Goldie Hawn. But the dress looks a lot better on her than it does on that model. Good god what a terrible advertisement. 

  • sagecreek

    Hate the hair. HATE HATE HATE the hair.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    She’s sporting some serious talons here. Ick. Also, the hair really isn’t flattering. I wish she’d pull a Viola Davis and go with what god gave her for a bit.

  • a_liking

    don’t like the two fabrics mixing. The tones clash to me and it’s bothersome. If it was just one or the other I’d be all for this dress.

  • Love the dress. Why isn’t this an In or Out post?

  • I really like it – but the hair color has GOT to go.

  • butter nut

    i hate her wigs so much.  everything from the scalp up is gross.  the dress *might* have worked in a color other than shit brown.  she’s clearly got the body & the public persona to pull off a crotch-tacular dress.  i just don’t think this is the one.  

    • alyce1213

      This wig, in particular, is a real joke.  So bad.

  • j_anson

    I… like it. Other than the hair, obviously. But the hair is hilarious! Her wig’s roots are showing!

  • greyhoundgirl

    Sleazy in many ways.

  • Rand Ortega

    Sorry boys, she looks sex bomb delicious. The gold undertones of the dress are doing wonderful things to her skin tone; the cut of the top makes her shoulders stand out wide & straight; the roushing (sp) at the hips gives the dress architectural interest w/out making the hips look too wide. Her body looks amazing in that dress. Period. The make up is youthful, the hair, while a bit outrageous, is cute & fits the mood of the whole look. IN.

  • Mrs

    Her ass is spectacular.

  • Kthrow

    Hair out … Dress in!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    It’s actually quite flattering, shape-wise, but the color and the fabric and the way it’s clingy and icky… Non. Nyet. Nej. Unh uh.

  • bellafigura1

    Wow, I MUST dis. a. gree.  I think she looks hot as hell.  In fact, maybe the hottest I’ve ever seen her and that is saying something.  If I were to pick some nits, I’d look for another color?  Or not.  Big ups, Ri.

  • Maluca

    I don’t know. I quite like it. It’s demure? I mean at least for Rihanna. And she looks way better than the model.

  • la_lala

    First I saw the front and I was all, “Meh.” Then I saw the back and I was all “Wheee!”

  • I actually like it on her. Bad PUF, no cookie.

  • Alexander Wang garments just have horrible construction.  This looks like a Project runway entry made in 4 hours.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    *misses London*

  • tinyredlocks

    Hate her hair. Nice ass, though…

  • Candigirl1968

    If the twisty thing was higher and the color wasn’t a shiny mud green/brown, it might work.

  • nancylee61

    Now, come on, be careful talking about clothes that highlight a woman’s privates. I said that about the open legged photo of the young girl the other day, the one in slacks, and I was called a pervert, and bored and told that my mind is in the gutter. So I don’t see anything suggestive about this. Haha!!!

  • AnaRoW

    This is the first time I’ve ever liked the way she looks. I don’t love the dress but it looks great on her.  I don’t even mind the hair. Usually blonde hair on black women makes them look a decade older than they are (see Mary J. Blige) but she still looks young here.

  • Lauren Bradshaw

    I think she looks amazing- and oddly like the photo negative of Lea Michelle with the light hair, creamy mocha skin, and light eyes.  Fascinating.  And in stark contrast to how Lea Michelle normally poses for pics- Rhianna looks demure but still sexy- even while showing the forbidden side-boob.

  • Well, now that you SAY that, I can’t un-see it, but at first I thought she looked nice.

  • I’m tired of her nasty blonde/red hair, her lousy taste in men, her smirk and her funky teeth.  Can she please go away…now?!

  • berkeleygirl

    Rihanna, Goldie Hawn wants her hair back!!!  

  • Judih1

    looks good – and my husband -one of the 6 straight men who look read this blog when I need a second opinion – says RiRI is hot

  • PhillipWilde

    RiRi needs to burn this hair.  It is NOT cute.

  • Oh please, what’s with the hair? Not understanding the sort of thought process that goes along with that…maybe straight haired caucasian blondes should go for the afro? Oh right, Barbra Streisand did that 30 yrs ago…

  • cheap cheap cheap

  • sherrietee

    What’s with the Goldie Hawn 80’s do?

  • The coochtastic-ness is only emphasized by the side-boobage. On the original model there isn’t that side-boob thing going on, and honestly I think that Ri’s dress has been altered to show more side-boob, it’s not just that the model has less superstructure, it looks like it’s been cut away up top to my eye.

  • Larkin21

    Yeah, the best thing I can say is that it looks better on her than on the model. But still. 

  • Liz

    She is really killing me with that hair. 

  • HobbitGirl

    The hair is kind of awful, but I like the dress. It fits her well and showcases her slammin’ body — isn’t that what starlets her age are after? She manages to still look almost classy.

  • aimee_parrott

    Yeah, I can’t like the crotch starburst.  TA DA!

    it looks great from the side/back though.

  • Sophie Collier

    WHATEVER!  I love the dress and she’s rocking it!  Love the drape, love the fabric, love her BUTT.  Come on Ri, don’t listen to the haters.  Let me get you a cocktail.

  • VicksieDo

    It’s covered up (for her) and she looks healthy too. IN

  • judybrowni

    Rhi does better by it than the model.

    Looks like a difficult dress: somehow makes the model look dumpy and hippy — but not Rhi!

    Dress physics don’t apply to our girl.

  • Cathy S

    I like it.  Damn she’s got an amazing booty.

  • BayTampaBay

    For her, She looks great.

  • formerlyAnon

    I wish she’d had a half inch more coverage on the side-boobs, but I like it. Perhaps the color softens the cooch-directional effect somehow, but if you MUST go skin-tight sex-bomb, I think this is an attractive way to do it. (Not many bodies could pull this off, even in Hollywood, either, so props to her.)

  • Her vay-jay is spewing fabric from it!

  • I actually really like this.

    •  So do I. The subtlety of the dress balances the screaming yellow hair.

  • lrhoff

    I don’t mind it…not a WERQ, but passable.

  • Lisa

    The dress isn’t terrible, because frankly, if you have a body like that and you’re young enough not to look ridiculous, rock it while you can.  But that hair is horrendous – the hair takes the dress to “hooker” in a hurry.

  • Ugh, almost lost my breakfast.

  • MarissaLG

    For her, this works. Yeah it’s a touch skanky with the deliberate sideboob but hey, it’s RiRi. She’s rocking it.

    The hair is….desperate. 

  • bitterk

    The hair looks super fake but the color of the dress on her, the fit, and the shoes are fabulous.  Don’t love the dress but I think it works for a young popstress.