Rihanna in Raf Simons and Acne

Posted on November 20, 2012

Give Ri credit for one thing: She knows how to dress for the occasion.


Rihanna switches on the Christmas Lights at Westfield Stratford City in London wearing a Raf Simons coat and Acne top and pants.

Acne Spring 2013 Menswear Collection

At least she’s not flashing cooch or boob to switch on the Christmas lights.

We love this look. We wish those pants actually fit her, but there’s something so fabulously Denise Huxtable about the whole thing that we can’t hate.


[Photo Credit: Landmark/PR Photos, style.com]

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  • woah, this is a WERQ. unusual, stylish, fabulous… and not in that “yeah its crazy but thats what we want from our stars”-way. GENUINELY unusual, stylish, fabulous.

  • Introspective

    “Denise Huxtable” is a pitch perfect description for what’s going on with Rih’s outfit!  and as much as I know I should hate this, especially given the wonky fit, I kind of love it…

    say what you want about this girl. she can wear the shit outta some clothes.

    • VicksieDo

      I agree, and this is fierce.

      • teensmom99

        Denise Huxtable with Andrews Sisters hair.

  • Cristian Valenzuela

    If those pants fit her to a T, this look would be PERFECTION. 

    Kudos for using menswear. And stylish menswear, at that. 

    • MilaXX

       I don’t get why someone couldn’t roll that hem for her.

  • We’re lucky that she’s not holding you boys hostage on her Blogger/Journalist Capture Tour. Yikes!

    • MilaXX

      Aka Soul Plane? 

      • Rand Ortega

        Dammit, MilaXX– If you don’t stop making me spew my coffee, I’m going to have to sue you for a new monitor! ; )

        • MilaXX

           You know it’s true.  Go to gawker and read what’s going on.

      • lovelyivy

         Why did I not hear and love this joke sooner? LOL.

        • MilaXX

          Only those who saw that awful movie of the same name would make it.

          • lovelyivy

             I only got as close as watching a Boondocks episode about how terrible it was. Now there is a tv show that I miss.

    • A. W.

      I hated her before I read the reports, and now I hate her even more. She seems like an ugly and selfish person.

      •  What does that have to do with her clothes? LOL

  • MilaXX

    Girlfriend is the queen of ratchedness, but she looks fabulous!

    • Rand Ortega

      Please don’t hate me, I’m such a nerd/dork/uncool unhipster, but I had to look it up:

      (edited) Ratchet: A diva
      that has reason to believe she is every mans eye candy.Unfortunately,

      • MilaXX

        to put it even more in context, it’s usually the type of diva you find on those House Wife shows. Pretty but a hot mess none the less

  • call_me_schmeg

    also: i covet her eyebrows.

  • “something so fabulously Denise Huxtable”

    No comment I could make would improve on that assessment.

    • random_poster


  • zuzu

    Is it a Gordon Gartrell?

    • Dave Provost

      Hahahahahahaha! At least the sleeves are the same length.

  • hillmad

    The pants and top made me shudder. They look like concentration camp uniforms. Sorry, it was a really visceral reaction.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I think she looks ridiculous.

    • NC_Meg

       I had the same reaction when I saw the picture of the model. I don’t like it on him and I don’t like it on her.

    • deltabronze

      I had a similar reaction — thinking along the lines of O Brother Where Art Thou?

    • kolokOlchik

      absolutely, especially on the model

      • hillmad

        Yes, that’s where it really struck me.

  • kittenwithaquip

    It’s stylish and fun until you get to the persimmon talons. Yeesh. Skurry.

  • I’m seeing more David Byrne than Denise Huxtable but I’m not in a very charitable mood today.

  • gabbilevy

    I feel like this is such an Emperor’s new clothes moment. Those look like giant pajamas. Ill-fitting, dull pajamas. With a boxy coat that makes her look both wide and a shaped like a doll where the body is stuffed but the limbs are totally floppy. The sunglasses and hair are fab, but she’s wearing more rings than my crazy spinster Aunt.

  • I loathe this and I’m glad. Here I was cringing that I might actually have to give her credit for something. 

  • She looks like a high-fashion escapee from a chain gang.  No.

  • nannypoo

    Everything is too big and it makes her head look tiny. I like the idea but not the execution.

  • Let it out

    I haven’t commented in a while (not that anyone’s paying attention), but just had to say how in love with this I am.

    • MilaXX

       come out and play more often!

  • Rand Ortega

    It’s funky. Me likes.
    Denise Huxtable Shoutout! Squee!

  • kimmeister

    Is the jacket menswear too, or is it just 3 sizes too big?

    I only like the shades and the shoes.

  • Sara__B

    The proportions of this are are so oversized that her head looks teeny tiny compared to the rest of her, but Rihanna, as usual, has the attitude and energy to make what she’s wearing work for her.

  • StellaZafella

    Dr Huxtable says,”You’re not leaving the house in my pajamas…I paid for them so they’re my pajamas and you’re not leaving this house in them…
    And now let’s talk about my blue overcoat…”

  • jilly_d

    Girl, those are YOUR shades, and yours alone. I hope you bought them in every color.

  • Not feelin’ this look. At. All. 

  • kolokOlchik

    this looks so weird, like the’s wearing stuff 3 sizes too big

  • BrooklynBomber

    What a cute smile! We don’t usually see that in pictures, at least I don’t remember that we do. I love that she’s wearing menswear and having fun with it. (Though the poor model looks like he’s just gone through intake at the state prison.)

  • Kate4queen

    I’ve been there! (to that mall) it backs onto the Olympic park. it is crazy huge and the biggest in Europe. Oh R looks nice too. 🙂

  • Hideous. On the model and on her. 

  • bertkeeter


  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    After showing this picture to my husband: “She looks like she’s trying to smuggle a zebra.”

  • Scarlet39

    She’s currently at the top of my list of celebs I irrationally hate, but this is a good look.  Love the Denise Huxtable reference. 

    • DCSheehan

      Lol same here. Hate but but can’t hate this.

  • TieDye64

    Very cool look and it’d be even better with pants that fit better, as you guys pointed out. I must say I LOATHE the talons times a million. 

  • alyce1213

    Prisoner steals warden’s jacket and escapes.  I love the color, but everything else . . . puh-leese.

  • The Denise Huxtable reference made me at least understand where you boys were coming from but I’m sorry, if this was on Christina Aguilera or someone else we hated, we would be calling the men in white coats to take her away. Ill-fitting pajamas do not an outfit make. 

  • Nice_Shirt

    Wait a sec….there’s actually a clothing company named Acne?  Like the skin condition??

  • ccm800

    totally DH!  Good call 

  • WERQ it, girl!

  • lucasuk82

    Denise Huxtable is a brilliant reference point for this look.

    •  Yes, but was Denise H. ever in jail?  Because to me these look like old-timey jail stripe pjs.  Somehow Ri manages to give them some flair, but God only knows how.

  • Judih1

    Love everything except her hair

  • Contralto

    LOVE.IT.  I’d have cut a bitch for this outfit in my misspent youth.

  • quiltrx

    Being a late 80s-early 90s kind of girl, I totally dig this.  Fully dressed and cute!

  • Wendi126

    In the second pic down, and the last one- she looks like the original Midge doll if anyone remembers that

  • Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!!!

    It didn’t work.  Damn.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She looks like a cartoon character. I am seriously getting Brad Pitt in CoolWorld off this.

  • B_C_J

    This looks like she raided someone’s closet and found some prison garb and threw it on.  The whole outfit (including the overcoat) is ridiculously oversized.  The matching blue-framed sunglasses say 5th grade to me. However, her smile is beautiful  and the shoes are nice.

  • afabulous50

    Can a female be a douche?  Because if so, then she is one.

  • formerlyAnon

    My mild positive feelings about her just kicked up a BUNCH!

    I like this on her, but I REALLY like the mind that conceived it, her ability to wear it, and the very “bandbox perfect” gloss to the ensemble. I think the shoes are perfect and the nail polish/lip color are perfect accents. ETA: Any stylist responsible deserves a bonus.

    If the pants and jacket sleeves were both a tad closer to the right length (even though still oversized) it’d be perfect.

  • vidacelina

    does anyone here read the huxtable hotness blog? i think this look should be analyzed!

  • Lilithcat

    I like the idea of it, but everything needs to fit better.  Instead of looking oversized, the clothes just look way too big.

  • sweet_potato

    I expected to hate this look so much but on viewing each photo, I like it, a lot. Love the hair, it’s fabulously cute and flirty. The outfit is a great current take on 80’s stripes and shapes. It makes me think a little better of her.

  • From the shoulders up, all I’m seeing is Karl Lagerfeld.

  • bellafigura1

    The defense (of RiRi) rests. She is a fearless fashionista.

    • ShayShay


  • librarygrrl64

    While I prefer something fun like this could have been to yet another gyno dress, this is just plain crazy. Those stripes in those colors? Rejected prison wear from Boardwalk Empire. I can’t un-see it. Sorry.

  • MarissaLG

    I really can’t understand why people like her so much. This is an interesting look, sure but she is just so..yuck. 

    • ShayShay

      What?  You’re just plain hating.

  • guest2visits

    She looks like a fun Christmas package/ornament; what a great idea.

  • bitterk

    All but the jacket which is clearly too big