Rihanna in London

Posted on June 28, 2012

This is kind of adorable:


Rihanna greets fans as she exits her hotel in London in a red and pink suit paired with Simone Rocha brogues.

Simone Rocha Perspex Heeled Brogue

Have the sex kitten looks been retired for now? Or is she just in a “Stop looking at me” kind of mood? Then again, a fuchsia pantsuit is probably not the best way to go through the day un-noticed.

Those shoes are weird. They would have been a hell of a lot cuter without the jacked-up heel. Without going into a hair-and-makeup critique (which wouldn’t be very fair), we’ll just say we’re not crazy about the current hairstyle. But we love the look overall.  It looks comfortable and easy to wear, but head-turning and stylish. And the color looks great on her.

Are red pantsuits going to be a thing now? Should we thank Hillary?


[Photo Credit: ZTImages.com/PacificCoastNews.com, WENN, simonerocha.com ]

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  • I actually love those shoes, but not with this ensemble.  Perhaps those little low heeled black loafers that have been making an appearance of late would have been better. And for some reason the floral bustier is bugging me.  Not sure if its color, pattern, or both that gives me a bit of a twitch.

    • I think it’s the tacky that’s giving you the twitchies.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i just cant with the dragon lady nails….

    • I know, as a Rihanna look, the rest is better than usual, but those tacky ass nails are unbearable to look at.

    • And in the first photo, her hand is unfortunately positioned on her crotch, which makes it doubly unattractive.

      • She is trying to protect her lady parts? Too late, RiRi.

        • Or maybe she’s trying to high five her lady parts.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        agreed, and i don’t want to contemplate those nails anywhere near a crotch!

  • VicksieDo

    I like those shoes, they’re crazy in a cool way.

  • Honestly? I’m not seeing the adorable. The shoes are just dumb and I think it’s entirely fair to point out that her hair and makeup look busted. Also not adorable: those nails.

    It is cold and bitter here in my computer room – why do you ask?

    • halleygee

      It’s not just you, I don’t see the adorable either, I only see fug.

    • MilaXX

       please make the stiletto nail trend go away

    • Spicytomato1

      I’m with you. The only words I can think of are no, no, no. Everything you said, plus the exposed bra? Hell no.

  • lbl

    Thought those shoes were called Perplexed Heeled Brogue, guess that’s just how they made me feel.

  • I don’t see it.

  • IAmJ

    I probably (certainly) need more sleep, but the pantsuit is hurting me. Also, isn’t she some 30-40 years too young to be sporting all this wrist-/fingerware? I don’t have a huge problem with the hair or makeup, but the shoes and the scary nails need to die.

  • Catiline

    While there are individual elements that are cute, the overall effect makes her look… bedraggled.

  • MilaXX

    Okay that hair?  I wore mine the exact same way in 1979. So NO. Also the shoes would be fine if it wasn’t for the stupid spike through them. I actually like the idea behind the look, but it misses in the details.

    • lovelyivy

       I have pictures of about half of my family with that hair circa ’78. I thought we (we=black women) had all agreed to never do that mushroom cut sometime around 1986. Pretty sure the last time I saw it was on MC Lyte.

  • mmgk

    I think this suit is kind of awful.  I really don’t like the red/pink color combo, and the stripe down the pants make them look like track pants.  The pants look like they’re too small too.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, it is a tracksuit!

  • The jacket looks cheap, and reminds me of a service uniform for a restaurant, hotel desk or airline.

  • Jacket’s great.  Pants? notsomuch.  Too tight, and too short. That’s the only thing that moves this over to “fail” territory for me.  The shoes are a mullet for your feet.  Business up front, partay in the back. Silly.

  • SapphoPoet

    I abhor those shoes with the passion of a thousand suns. 

    Rest of the outfit looks good, although she’s verging into Valentine Day’s card territory with that color combination. 

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Is that poly? That would explain why she’s scratching her coot in most of the pics.

  • Guidosdaddy

    This is the ugliest thing I have ever seen and I used to live in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. NOTHING is working here. Sweat tuxedo? I dunt think so.

  • afabulous50

    I agree – much better if those were flats rather than heels – and why is she guarding her coochie??

  • I’m just glad she’s not wearing the blazer as a dress.  Those shoes are not only weird, they are ugly. 

    • kimmeister

      You’re so right, the blazer-dress would be more of what we’d expect from her!

  • Are the Xs on the sides of the shoes supposed to be there?  They could be cute, but there is too much going on.  The rest of the ensemble is just fug.  Tight pants, loose jacket, a safety pin somewhere holding the double breastedness together.  Hurts my eyes.

  • MarissaLG

    Those shoes are VERY weird, but I agree — they also have some coolness in them. I’d love to see her rock a flat though. 

  • Wendi126

    Hair is looking all Facts of Life Tootie needing a trim. Shoes are hideous. Nails are a weapon. Bustier doesn’t work. Fit is overall awful. I’m way more interested in the bizarro woman behind her in first pic with what appears to be light blue sheer hose, gold shiny bag and arts and crafts necklace.

  • kimmeister

    Aw man, I got rid of my red pantsuit a few years ago.  It looked better than this though.

  • NurseEllen

    Those are the most schizophrenic shoes I’ve ever seen.  If they ever revive the old Doublemint gum commercials, the shoes could star: “It’s a brogue!  It’s a heel!  It’s a brogue!  It’s a heel!  It’s two—Two—TWO! shoes in one!”

  • Tashina Savage

    Not adorable at all. I think Blake Lively did the pantsuit MUCH better, and she was getting trashed for it yesterday. 

    • Alisa Rivera

      I like this one better because Blake’s looked like something you’d wear to work. This has more zhuzh to it. 

      • Tashina Savage

         If by zhuzh you mean, tacky.

  • Spicytomato1

    Only Rihanna could take the cute oxford shoe trend and turn in into something cheap and tacky looking.

    • Alisa Rivera

      With a lucite stripper heel, no less. Oh RiRi.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Agree about the shoes, just fug. Love the rest, especially the makeup and hair.

  • RebeccaKW

    The pantsuit is pretty great, but kind of looks like pajamas.  I love the shoes, but I don’t really care the ice pick heel.

  • quiltrx

    Really cute pantsuit!  I like it.

    And I loved the shoes UNTIL I saw the heel!  Looks like something that would get you kicked off a reality shoe-design show to me.  If they had a regular low heel, I would totally want a pair!

  • Beth G

    Oh my gosh…. those shoes make me practically shake with anger.  They are so beyond stupid and practically look orthotic. 

  • Introspective

    I dont know how she manages not to look like fashion roadkill given all of the fug elements my fellow BKs have noted here: those cray shoes, the red/pink combo, the too short pant, the vampire nails, the 80s sitcom hair, and yet, when you put it all together on her, she seems to make it work. I might be outraged seeing this on most other people, but somehow im fine with it here.

  • AlinaValero

    the satin lapels and stripes on the pants makes it look kind of like hilary clinton’s jogging outfit.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think she looks good – though I also think there are cuter shoes she could have worn that would have been just as comfy.

    When her “look” allows one to notice it, she is SUCH a pretty young woman.

  • mom2ab

    I’m guessing someone is preggers

  • Lina_bee

    Well, if it FIT, then it might be adorable, but those pants are tight enough to be leggings, while the jacket’s entirely too big in the waist. The shoes would be good without the ridic heel. And while I’m being cranky, I hate the hair and nails. But! I am entirely on board with red pantsuits becoming a thing. Hooray pants!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Yeah, that hair isn’t doing her any favors, but the outfit is cute!
    I can’t with the shoes. Not into clear acrylic or clear plastic on shoes. It just always looks cheap to me.

  • nannypoo

    Those are some really stupid shoes.

  • tereliz

    *that noise Sideshow Bob makes when he steps on a rake and it hits him in the face* Those shoes are abominations. 

    Pants are too tight, making them slightly more track-suit adjacent than pantsuit. Wrinkled satin makes it look cheap and the way her lips match that, and her nails match the cuff lining isn’t helping class things up any. Neither does the floral bustier. Don’t mind the hair, I think it’s cute and demure, but I kind of think that’s not what she was going for. 

    Definitely preferred Blake’s sleeker MK red pantsuit. 

  • I just can’t with those shoes. Or the 80’s bustier. Why are the 80’s coming back? Fashion-wise, they were a nightmare. 

  • phrenk

    I saw the first picture and scrolled back up hoping it was an In or Out post so that I could vote IN.  However, I just now saw what the shoes are really doing… and I thought they were so cute before and now I am retracting my hypothetical IN.  The rest is still cute, yay, Rihanna!

  • SummerSquash

    This is horrible. And those nails? Yuck.

  • lrhoff

    Yuck.  It looks like a track suit with lapels.

  • Roosevelt 85

    She looks like early Tina Turner during the Ike Turner days.

  • Anathema_Device

    The proportions are kind of weird. And are we really going back to fancy bras under oversized sportcoats? I hate to give this the thumbs down b/c it is nice to see her clothing that actually covers her body for a change.

    I don’t hate the hair, but don’t love it either. Much better than some of her fright-wig looks, though.

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  • SpcilK

    She looks like Tyra Banks.

  • boomchicabowwow

    Those shoes are how I feel about a Chinese Crested:  So ugly they’re cute.

  • MoHub

    Wow! She’s actually wearing something under the jacket!

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    What is up with the fig leaf in the first and third photos? Like that will cover how thick her waist looks in this frock? It only draws attention to that.

    I do quite hate this ensemble.

  • crash1212

    I am confused by the heels. Rest of the look is pretty cute. We will not discuss the hair.

  • Cathy S

    I like the jacket but the pants look like track suit pants and I hate those shoes. Meh.

  • SignLadyB

    Those shoes are crazy awful. They make no sense at all–either they should have been a comfortable brogue to be worn with pants or a heeled sandal or pump. Not a hybrid. Fuchsia pantsuit is gorgeous color on her.

  • looks like she’s joined the Team USA and is ready for the Olympic Opening Ceremony

  • charlotte

    Outrageous soccer mom!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Fluorescent Pee-Wee Herman.

  • guest2visits

    I think the shoes are the cutest thing she wearing. Yes, there are probably 50 different heels, or booties, or whatnot that would
    have worked as well or better.  I would like this suit a little better without side stripes.  It also looks uncomfortably hot.
    She looks like she’s melting in it.  And finally; the bra needs to be a solid color. But it’s kind of silly to critique this to begin with.
    Wait – the shoes have an extra wedge of lucite under them!! I didn’t catch that, forget the now hideous shoes.

  • Saucysusan

    Pretty woman, head to toe ugly everything else.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She is exiting her hotel.  This means that she a) had a place to sleep that wasn’t on a plane and b) had an opportunity to look in a mirror.  Hair and makeup are fair game.

  • marilyn

    This is much too old for her.  A woman in her 40’s+ should wear a (red) pantsuit.

  • Who did her bangs? Ramona Quimby? Zing. 

  • She looks like she lost a lawsuit.

  • Those shoes are AWFUL and there’s nothing adorable about those talons she’s sporting.  Damn-I’d be afraid to wipe my butt w/ those things on my fingers ready to claw my arse a new one.

  • RoxieRider

    I love it. Head to toe. Hysterical and ridiculous and still mostly flattering.

  • golspie

    How does she do it? How does she get away with it? Delicious slut! Another impossible outfit that she makes work somehow.

  • melanie0866

    Ew, ew, ew.  Hate it, top to bottom.  It looks like a tuxedo/satin robe combo over track pants, in the most nauseating color combination possible, with a non-matching flowered bra, and the weirdest, ugliest shoes in the universe.

  • Is she wearing one of those boob-skirting necklaces that Ms. Cyrus is so fond of?  You know — that gold chain thingy that wraps around the neck, takes a detour or two over the frontal region and then descends to places we PUFs are too tasteful to contemplate?

    At least, not without significant amounts of liquid libation…

  • SophieCollier

    OMG Pants!  She’s wearing them!  The shoes look like they were mounted on a display and she didn’t bother detaching them.  Weird indeed.  Her hair is sort of cute but those fingernails are scary!

  • kikisayshi

    Those shoes are freaking me out.

  • Esz

    I dont really like this look – only the shoes – and only cos they’re so weird. I actually thought she was just on tip-toes at first. The hair is totally meh.

  • Chelsey Lauer

    I am horrified by this look.

  • bitterk

    adorable?  you’re too generous