Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Rihanna in Marchesa

Posted on April 25, 2012

Ri, honey. Your boobs look like they’re trying to fly away.

Rihanna attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME’S 100 Most Influential People In The World in NYC in a Marchesa dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes. Jewelry by Wilfredo Rosado.

Marchesa Resort 2012 Collection

And your skirt looks depressed. We don’t know what magic or alchemy causes things like this to happen, but this dress, on you, just goes kinda drab and limp. We don’t lovelovelove it on the model or anything, but it looks at least a little pit perkier on her than on you.

We’re thinking this sort of pseudo-Barbie girl isn’t quite your thing, Ri. Set this dress free on the wind so that a Fanning sister can give it a whirl.


[Photo Credit: Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME,]

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  • VeryClaire

    It’s not her dress because she stole from a 16 yo on her way to the Prom.

    • Reneesance

      you got to the Prom joke before me!! I think I had this dress cut out and pasted on my wall in 1994. 

      • Paigealicious

         Jessica McClintock FTW

    • JosephLamour

      I don’t think this is anyone’s dress. And this look was like 4 albums ago for her.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        What you said — I don’t even think the model looks good in this dress.  It is just hideous.

    • I wore this dress to my year 10 formal in 1989. 

    • nyll18

      I totally wore this dress (minus the boob wings) to homecoming in 1990.

      • Well yes – mine didn’t have the boob wings either. It had a ruched bodice. I had my hair in a French plait and wore nude hose and black kitten heel shoes.

  • The length of the skirt is just sad. It looks like an 80’s prom dress skirt.

    • Pennymac

      And the hem is falling out of its mulletted front. BLECH.

      • kikisayshi

         Thank you! I was wondering if I was seeing things.

  • VeryClaire

    It’s not her dress. She stole it from a 16 yo on the way to the Prom.

  • The runway version is ugly. Ri-ri is doing as much as she can with this mess. Stick to the Versaces, honey!

  • Patricia Gillett

    This is so prom, all that’s missing is a corsage, a commemorative glass mug, and a DJ playing Bully Joel’s “This is the Time.” Also, she’s going to put her date’s eye out with that bodice. 

  • mmgk

    I don’t think this is anyone’s dress.  

    • guestela

       Just what I was about to say!

    • jtabz


    • Yup. Not even the model’s.

  • Corsetmaker

    The skirt is droopy because they’ve lost the panniers from the original version. I don’t particularly like the dress, but I don’t hate it. I don’t think it quite takes the design ideas far enough so it ends up in a failed halfway house. Doesn’t work on her at all.

  • RutGot

    She looks like she knows it’s not her dress. Also, is she having some kind of hem issue in the front of her skirt? It looks like the hem came undone on a section, which is annoying enough when it happens on a cheap Kohl’s dress, but Marchesa?

  • Well at least from the neck up she nailed it.  But the dress, shouldn’t be anyone’s dress.  It even looks terrible on the model.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Agreed – she finally looks really pretty with the hair and make up.  Too bad…

    •  Yes! Thank you for commenting on that. I had a hard time getting all down on the dress when her hair and makeup looked so beautiful. And I think the color of the dress, at least, is working for her.

    • butterflysunita

      She looks gorgeous–love that the dark hair is back.  That Marchesa dress is ugly, though.  

  • lilibetp

    I think the model is about 6 inches taller than Rihanna.  And it looks like Rihanna isn’t wearing the appropriate support garments for the skirt.  Panniers?

  • Sobaika Mirza

    Anyone else reminded of the robot-boob-gun-things from Austin Powers?

    • carolynmo

      Yes! That’s exactly what I was thinking when I saw this!

    • Anathema_Device

       I was thinking 1950s Cadillac tail fins, but you nailed it with the lethal fembot boobs.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    in an effort to look less edgy for tonight’s event, Rihanna finally gets to repurpose that junior bridesmaids dress…..

  • I think it would have also looked better without all the red in the background. It throws the look off.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    On the other hand, the make up is good.

  • It looks like a Marchesa dress threw up on a Vivienne Westwood dress.

    Oh, and Marchesa and Rhianna are 2 names that do not belong in the same hemisphere, much less the same sentence.

    • malvernite

      curious about your second sentence. what do u mean?

      • Rihanna is such an edgy person, style-wise, and Marchesa, traditionally, is such a confectionary design house.  Putting her in Marchesa is such an odd choice…and not really a good odd.  It’s just my personal opinion, of course. =)

  • elfbrick

    1980’s prom dress for the devil’s date.

  • Scarlet39

    I would dare to say that this is nobody’s dress! 

    And her makeup is horrible.

  • I’m going to have dreams about this dress. Love it! BUT it really only works without boobs so no Ri (or me). 

  • Love the new hair (hated the roots are showing dye job she had before) this looks so much more polished.
    Don’t care for the dress, it looks like a bridesmaid or prom thing.

  • Love the new hair (hated the roots are showing dye job she had before) this looks so much more polished.
    Don’t care for the dress, it looks like a bridesmaid or prom thing.

  • jenno1013

    Yet another failed Marchesa “architectural” dress.  Those wings are saying, “If you’re taller than me, you can stand next to me and see the entirety of my boobs.”

  • aumerle9

    The boobs horns look like the evil queen’s headdress in “Sleeping Beauty.”

    • Ahh I was just going to say that! Malificent’s hat boobs! Hate this dress, no love for Marchesa here…

  • jw_ny

    lmao!  This dress is so bad on her that it’s funny…not a dress for most women, or even any.  She’s usually pushes the envelope and often makes missteps with her fashion choices, but I still find it difficult to believe that even she thought this looked good. 

    As per usual, I have issues with her hair. 

  • RzYoung

    She’s totally not convinced either is she? Way to sell a look, Ri.

  • nannypoo

    Bad on the model, worse on Rihanna. The Fannings are too smart to fall for this catastrophe.

  • nannypoo

    Bad on the model, worse on Rihanna. The Fannings are too smart to fall for this catastrophe.

  • MissAnnieRN

    Georgina Chapman is tripping on acid.  And designing during her flashbacks.  That’s the only logical explanation for this.

  • “Bad on the model, worse on Rihanna.”  and AWFUL against that tomato red backdrop.  ugh.
    but you know what?  i don’t have to wear it.  so it’s all good.

    i think if she had actually smiled, it would have gone a long way to improving the whole look.

    • malvernite

      another website has pictures of her smiling. she attended this event with her mother.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Thank God her hair is normal.

  • crash1212

    A’int nobody’s dress! Like the hair color and earrings though!

  • GorgeousThings

    The hem is falling down, that’s part of what makes it look depressing. And that bodice thing looks like Georgina was inspired by the carapace of her entree at a clambake.

  • Bibbity bobbity boo!

  • MilaXX

    Not a good look. Nothing is working; hair is limp, makeup is bad and shoes are boring. This looks like a bad prom picture.

  • pookiesmom

    I’m not convinced that this dress would look good on anyone. I actually think she looks better than the model, but I still am not loving it.

  • Anathema_Device

    Wow, and the hem is coming down, too, from the looks of things. The boob tail fins look a a little droopy, too. Sort of a sad look all the way around.

  • At least the hair is a normal color…kudos for that one.

  • Terence Ng

    At least her hair is back to normal…

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Hm. Not a lover of that pink, but I have to admit it’s a good color for her. Too bad that thing looks more like a shitty prom dress than a dress that should be worn by a gorgeous, wealthy, internationally famous woman.

  • Little_Olive

    She does not look like she´s convinced of the look either… What’s the matter, Ri? couldn’t get your hands on a Vivienne Westwood and had to settle for the next (best) boob treatment?

  • guest2visits

    Kind of funny; Rihanna’s looking bored in her bridesmaid dress. So much nonchalance that her dress is also too lazy to stay
    on straight. This is an odd dress anyway. Too bad the bottom didn’t end evenly just above the knee. The skirt is just too weird.
    Pretty hair and make-up.

  • Mexxoo

    Poor girl!  She just wants to have a Pretty-Pretty-Princess moment!

  • marilyn

    This dress is too big for her and it needs sassy shoes. However, the color is good for her, and I have to admire how many times she changes her hair color in a week. And it looks good. If she is going to get to borrow (or keep) free clothes, she should insist that they be the right size.

  • kimmeister

    It is kind of nice to see her looking demure, for once.

  • erinbinek

    She looks like a tired prom queen.

  • It’s her color, though.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Barbie is exactly what I thought, too. Freaky!

  • Lina_bee

     Did she rip the hem out of the lining? The bubbleskirt effect from the model shot is totally broken. Weird.

  • Sweetvegan

    The model is wearing some kind of undergarment that makes the hips flare out, so the skirt is more poufy and dramatic. On Rihanna, it looks like a deflated balloon because she is not wearing a modified hoop skirt underneath.

  • Too bad because I love the color on her. 

  • unbornfawn

    At first I didn’t recognize her with that lovely semi-natural hair color. I almost forgive the prom dress.

  • That isn’t anyone’s dress, sadly. Love the color on her though!

  • granddelusion

    I don’t think that’s anyone’s dress. Built to make every body look bad.

  • Sophie Collier

     Maleficent’s prom dress.

  • mmc

    I think the dress was designed to hang on the perfectly posed, immobile model, and to be photographed only from the direct front angle.  Otherwise, it’s a mess.

  • Lina_bee

    Freaking Marchesa.

  • Ana_ragu

    and the hem is falling down!!

  • another_laura

    Bad dress.  The prom and Barbie jokes have all been taken, so I’ll just leave it at bad dress.

  • Has the photo been reversed, or does she really have backwards writing on her shoulder?  What does it say?

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      ibid. i was wondering too…..

    • alyce1213

      The background orientation is correct, so I guess the writing under her clavicle is backwards.

  • TSkot

    Looks like the beginning of an ugly step-sister dress for a production of Cinderella.  Comical on anybody.

  • Susan Crawford

    It looks as though the hemline has come down in front, no? I love the color on Rihanna, and her hair and makeup look great. But yes, this is not her dress. Not with those dangerous-looking breasticles, at any rate.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i think she stepped on her hem.
    the sad truth is that she may have worn those perfectly dreadful &, in an even truer truth, sensible looking shoes specifically so such a mishap would not mis-happen but, boy, apparently & sadly, she miscalculated. too bad too cos i dont think it’s so much not her dress as not her ensemble, especially when placed in front of what is, today, not her wall. w/ better shoes & a holding hem i believe she coulda & woulda right perked up.

  • MmmmmmmmK

    “…if only my boobs had horns…”

  • tbk2

    Her hem is falling in the front. She’s a bit of a mess.

  • I’m just so glad she’s a brunette again. I hated that blonde. 

  • Daenyx

    I’m pretty sure that abomination isn’t anyone’s dress.  O.o

  • PaulaBerman

    This is worse than Malin Akerman… it looks like she’s going to the prom in 1987. Hideous.

  • alyce1213

    Crappy Marchesa dress.  There are some women who could make this dress look better, but this dress couldn’t make any woman look good.

  • choco

    I actually don’t hate this…it’s kind of sci-fi. As long as the picture is taken from the right angle (of which I agree, there are few), I think it looks half high fashion, half cosplay. 

  • ChristySchiff

    Didn’t i see that dress in an 80s music video?

  • EEKstl

    The boobicorn bodice is terribly distracting, and not in a good way.

  • ErmengardeGreen

    100 Most Influential People In The Woooorld! What did Ahmedinejad wear? 

  • sleah_in_norcal

    that is just awful.  so she went with awful hair to complete the look.  it’s even awful on the model.

    and by the look on her face, she knows it.

  • bitterk

    She looks like she is headed to the prom.  The hair is scarier than the dress.  

  • lilazander

    That is a one fugly dress and and the person in it does not help.