Rihanna in Alexander Wang

Posted on August 28, 2012

We realize this is a ludicrous thing to say about someone like Rihanna, but this outfit feels like it’s trying too hard.


Rihanna leaves Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica in top and pants by Alexander Wang accessorized with a Lanvin necklace, a Prada bag, and Tom Ford shoes.

Lanvin Cameo Necklace

Tom Ford Leather Sandal

It’s like every piece is a statement piece; the tight leather top (which really isn’t all that flattering), the baggy pants, the white bag, the cameo, and the Tom Ford sandals. You can’t have that many statements in one outfit. It’s the fashion equivalent of gibberish. We think what happened here is someone decided the top and the pants weren’t working (because they’re not), but instead of rethinking the pieces they just threw a lot of aggressive accessories on top of them. It’s the Edina Monsoon approach to styling, and it NEVER works.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews.com, farfetch.com, tomford.com]

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  • CPK1

    “It’s the fashion equivalent of gibberish.”  Brilliantly said!

    • Aly Light

       It also does look remarkably like an outfit Edina Monsoon would wear…

      • mellorcr

        Not enough color or pattern for Eddie, but “just threw a lot of agressive accesories on top” is definitely Eddie’s technique!

  • suzanne77

    Those shoes look like a snapped ankle ready to happen, but I adore the cameo!

  • Patricia Gillett

    I find the shoes to be ludicrous but I covet the cameo. 

    •  The shoes are indeed ludicrous.. but I love them!

  • Mostly I’m not on board here because the fit on that top is awful for her. It’s quite unflattering, gives her squashboob, and hits a exactly the right place on her to widen her hip line. Not. Good.

    • kschwarting

      And those PANTS!  She’s a fit girl, and they’re so insanely unflattering that they add a good ten pounds to her midsection.  Plus they look wrinkled in that second photo.  Not.  Good.  All.  Around.

  • call_me_schmeg

    i feel pretty meh about the whole thing. next!

    • halleygee

      Same here, yawn…

  • Sobaika

    Agree completely on the outfit, but I like that she’s been out with a non-cakey face lately. She’s a great natural beauty.

    • CPK1

       she does looks stunning with a natural look.

      •  Yeah – and longer hair also suits her, I reckon.

  • Those shoes are hideous. Hoof heels may be bad, but these are deformed hoof heels.

    • Little_Olive

      They are so, so ugly. Please Tom, step up your game. 

      • I love the shoes – they’re fantasic! (In a ludicrous, hideous kind of way, I suppose..)

  • kelsita421

    For some reason the first thing I noticed is the normal-girl hair — and I really dig it! But scrolling down… just no.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, I like it when she has hair colors that exist in nature!

  • imspinningaround

    I LOVE the cameo, and I am going to stalk the shit out of it on The Outnet/Gilt/Myhabit/etc. 

    I do kinda like the black leather top–what if you kept the rest of the outfit the same but swapped out those weird pants for white skinny jeans?

  • Judy_J

    That leather top looks uncomfortably tight.  Wonder how she was able to breathe in that thing?  Hate the white purse with a passion.  Cameo is OK.  Shoes are hideous.  No comment on the pants.

  • Deedles

    Ditch the “hair” (and I am using that term loosely), sweetie.

  • jmorino08

    That shirt looks ridiculously uncomfortable!

  • 3boysful

    To me, that $1600 piece of costume jewelry is the epitome of tacky.

    • Snailstsichr

       It looks like a Michael’s special. Mind you, I love some of the fun stuff I’ve picked up at Michaels, but they are usually wear a few times and give away pieces. But then, if you compare her income to mine, perhaps this piece is a fair equivalent.

  • Anathema_Device

    I like the pieces individually but I think a peplum (or something roughly shaped that way, as this is) always looks better with a straight skirt or pants. It is interesting to see what happens when she tries for restrained, though.

  • It’s kind of dull, despite all the frou-frou BS going on. I don’t like any of it. 

  • l_c_ann

    It’s not a cameo.  Cameos are hand carved out of specific sea shells.  It should be called a silhouette.  The added diamonds and diamond surround take it into excess. 
    It would be a great piece of jewelry if it were her silhouette.  With her money, she deserves her own custom piece.

    • Why do you say a cameo has to be carved out of specific sea shells? As far as I understand, a cameo is a carving in relief, but it can be out of many types of precious stones. 

    • schadenfreudelicious

      i think it’s being called a cameo because that is the commonly used term for that type of object, it’s may also be what the designer is referring to it as in their collection so hence the reference.. (whether it’s the correct artistic term for it i have no idea)

    • roadtrip1000


      Well, now you all had me wondering what is the definition of a cameo. So I looked it up. The above site states: “The original definition of a cameo is described as ‘a carving in relief on a naturally occurring substance which contains different colored layers. The carving must incorporate the contrasting layers in different aspects of the design; most commonly by differentiating between the background and the foreground. The carvings must be done by hand.’ ”

      At any rate, I do believe the overall effect doesn’t match the price. $1563 for a “goldtone” pendant on a ribbon? Plus if it’s not real gold then the accents can’t be diamonds. They’re either CZs or crystal. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the “cameo” head and background were made out of plastic and glued together. But if Lanvin got Rihanna to wear it there are sure to be buyers.

  • MilaXX

    Nothing fits.  The top is smushing her boobs, the pants don’t look baggy in an intentional way, they look too big. The worst offender are the cameo and the bag, which simply do not go together.

  • Didn’t Prada make jewelry just like this a few seasons ago? Not that Prada has a monopoly on cameo inspired jewelry, but still. Prada’s were more interesting. 

  • Claire Scott

    The videos are so annoying at the side of the posts. Too much going on, love the shoes.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Thank goodness! I was beginning to think I was the only one! The shoes are gorgeous.

      •  Likewise! Am glad I scrolled down as far as I did!

  • PinkLemon

    I covet those shoes.

  • mjude

    no girl

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    But Edina would have worn the gibberish with panache!

    •  Heh  – very good point! It’s all in the attitude, darling!

  • Spicytomato1

    It may be fashion gibberish but at least it’s covering all her bits that are usually on display for the world. For that I am thankful. 

  • TomBord

    Ladies, shoes w/ the shoe heel placed in your arch only makes your foot look like a footlong and u like a teetering fool. 

  • Is it me or is the cameo giving duckface?  If so I want it more.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      lol, i just had to go back and take a second look, thats some serious cameo lip pursing….

  • I broke out in a sweat just looking at her.  

  • PeggyOC

    The shoes are hideous, the cameo is overdone, the top is terribly unflattering on her, but I applaud her hair.  It’s nice to see it look like it belongs on a human.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Her expression is so dour.  She looks like she just came back from a wake.

  • Please send a memo to Hollywood and New York: IT IS SUMMER PEOPLE. LIGHTEN UP!

    • ASK26

       They can’t.  They were wearing sleeveless micro minis all winter and have no summer clothes let, apparently

  • schadenfreudelicious

    at first i thought her pant cuffs had a trim of little shells or some other such frippery hanging off them and i was totally pushed over the edge.  Now i realize it’s just the ankle strap of the shoe, alas it has done nothing to change my opinion of this grab bag of a getup…

    • Kayceed

      Grab bag is where my mind went as well – I’m guessing because it is monochromatic the stylist figured the different textures would do the work. It’s an OK look, but not terribly inspired. I do quite like the wedge heel.

  • mhleta

    The top wants a pencil skirt and Lizzy Caplan’s shoes. I agree with your assessment wholly. She put this together like an 11 year old who raided her mother’s closet. I can’t wait for this ridiculous heel trend to pass. It’s awful.

  • butterflysunita

    I’m distracted by how great she looks with her natural black hair.  

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Really? To me it looks as though she’s not trying at all. Laundry day for people with access to high-end designers. I do dig that cameo, though I don’t think it suits her at all. 

  • Love all the accessories. Better with a simple dress tho.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Tom Ford needs to spend a day in those shoes.

  • MzzPants

    Why are those pants giving me ’80s flashbacks?  Is it just me?

  • j_anson

    Ah, mismatching blacks.

  • marilyn

    She is okay except for the necklace and the white bag.  

  • Right? Mismatched and ill-fitting.  But I will give her this: love the hair and shoes.

  • CQAussie

    The shoes are fug but I love the bag and necklace.  which were all that I loved here in this mismatched look.

  • MC Hammer pants..someone please put a stake through its heart..step on its icky little head and and kill it before it breeds….again.

  • Her manicure is just… strange.

  • kikisayshi

    Those shoes freak me out!

  • chitowndg

    What I am hating are the pants – otherwise, I like.  I think a good fitting pair of black pants would have made the outfit a matter of taste only.

  • CurbGirl

    Cameo so looks like it should contain solid ‘parfum’

  • Beardslee

    I challenge Tom Ford to spend a day in those shoes.  Then let’s see if he would think that design was a good idea.
    I agree with your comments, especially about the pants.  They are awful.

  • cmb92191

    Well her hair and face are pretty.

  • fursa_saida

    Those pants are a travesty.

  • granddelusion

    Yes, ridiculous. Hate the shoes.

  • PeaceBang

    The shoes have got to be an expression of Tom Ford’s unconscious misogyny. Couldn’t he have worked that out in therapy, and not on perfectly good leather? And now on poor Rihanna?

  • PeaceBang

    Those shoes are like the footwear equivalent of her relationship with Chris Brown. Now I am done.

  • guest2visits

    I actually like the top and bottom, but not together, and the shoes look like a broken ankle – I don’t like them at all.
    The strangest item is the addition of the demure little white bag.

  • a cameo should be delicate and intricately handcarved.  this one is looking heavy, clumsy, and plastic.  cameo overkill.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      & it costs over $1500. unbelievable.

  • LambeeBaby

    That is the Falva Flav version of a cameo necklace. Quite odd all around.

  • Lisa

    Yeah, it’s all kind of much ado about nothing.  Yawn!

  • formerlyAnon

    The top might be a nice top on someone whom it fits.  Can’t see the pants well enough on this monitor, but I suspect I’d like, I have a bit of a fondness for full pants which are not flattering on me but which the lanky can pull off.

    The shoes are ridiculous and look painful, but if the gals keep wearing them (even the gals who buy their own), there’s no reason for a designer who does not wear them to consider either comfort or safety in the shoes they design.

  • aristida_girl

    The pants bring it down