Rihanna in Balmain at “Rogue by Rihanna” Launch in Paris

Posted on June 04, 2014

Ri keeps them talking. Attagirl.

Rihanna-Rogue-Launch-Paris-Balmain-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Rihanna attends “Rogue by Rihanna” launch at Sephora Champs-Elysees in Paris in Balmain.

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Rihanna-Rogue-Launch-Paris-Balmain-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Balmain Fall 2014 Collection

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We dub this look “Butch Amazon Warrior Chic.” It feels incomplete without a sword or bow and quiver.

She’s getting shockingly good at the whole image management thing. If you can get the press to go wild over you just because of the outfit you put on, then you’ve got them eating out of your hand. She’s not resorting to Miley-style fuckery or Gaga-style pretentiousness. She’s just showing the world that she’s discovered the power of fashion and how you can wield it like a whip.

This is a high-brow way of saying that this outfit is absolutely hideous but we can’t stop staring at it and we don’t blame any paparazzo for frantically trying to get a shot. It’s why she wore it, after all. You go, Khaleesi.




[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, IMAXTree]

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  • Mothra

    I love the top half…less so the bottom but admittedly do not know the fashion nuances of the pop rock crowd. But she looks terrific!

    • sienna elm

      I love the top too – maybe with some distressed jeans?

      • Mothra

        I bet the whole thing smells kind of gross though. And is really hot.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      The top half is awesome, the bottom half is like Justin Bieber took over her wardrobe and forced her to wear Bieber style pants. Honey, No.

      Rihanna is awesome as Rihanna. Rihanna Bieber is an abberation the world can do with out. Because what happens to the world when he goes out in thousands of crystals and a G string? Synchronised vomiting on multiple continents? Eew. :)

    • EveEve

      Love the top half on her. It would look great with a gold mini-skirt or shorts. The grey in the cargo pants clashes with the grey in the top, which bugs.

  • Julie Chase

    Those are some ugly pants, but I bet they’re great for hiding a Snickers bar.

    Her top looks like a cross between depressed Christmas ribbon and a ribcage prison. The face as usual is the only aspect I like here.

    • d4divine

      You just reminded me that a have a mini Snickers bar in my gym bag. Lol

    • Trickytrisha

      A Snickers bar plus a Happy Meal, a couple of artichokes, a can of spam, and a bottle of champagne.

  • Danielle

    She was born to wear Balmain. Attagirl.

    • Thomas

      The New York Times had an article on Rihanna and her stylist this past week and it said that the designer at Balmain designed the latest collection with Rihanna already lined up for the advertising campaign. So it makes sense.

      • Danielle

        She did an advertising campaign for them already, they would be crazy not to have her do it again.

        • Thomas

          Yeah, that’s the one I’m talking about. It was designed with her in mind. She seems like a perfect fit. Although Balmain is a lot different these days than Pierre Balmain envisioned I think. I still like it, but like Givenchy, I can’t see Audrey Hepburn wearing it.

  • Shelby

    I really love the top on her, but I find myself wishing she had worn the pants like the model. I can understand not wearing the boots in hot/humid weather (but then, when have celebs ever paid attention to the seasons?).

  • Kerri

    I like the pants and I like the top, but I’m not sure I like them together? The top with a pencil skirt maybe? The pants with a plain white/black/patterned tank? I think it’s that on Ri, the grays look slightly different in tone/shade, but not different enough to be on purpose so they kind of clash. On the model they look much more the exact same color, which helps.

  • Aliu

    She looks like she’s about to conquer shit… Or has just conquered and is doing her victory walk… Either way, this screams CONQUEROR!!!

  • James

    I love that top! Should have gone for the pants the model is wearing and it would have rocked. Still, she looks great.

  • hughman

    I am taking out all my cargo pants from 1997 and just whispering to them gently “Balmain, sweetie”.

    • StellaZafella

      I’m an Ace Bandage and some chain link from this look…(wink, wink).

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Pants would work better if they’d been hemmed properly.

    • Aurumgirl

      Or if the crotch didn’t hang six inches further down from the point of the actual crotch they’re covering.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I just can’t approve the baggy crotch look for anyone, even Ri.

  • Patrick Cleary

    It’s like she put on a fabulous dress then stopped by Target and bought some cargo pants to pull on over it.

  • luludexter

    Lord I hate those pants

  • KT

    Haha I’m so glad you concluded with “this outfit is absolutely hideous” because I couldn’t agree more. But I’m right there with you — it’s got impact and I’m paying attention.

    And props to her for not only matching her umbrella to her outfit, but also for holding it herself instead of making some poor minion carry it around for her. And how sad is it that a celebrity holding their own umbrella merits a pat on the back? Sigh.

    • Jennifer L.

      Yeah, it is a little sad that my first thought was ‘Wow, she’s carrying her OWN umbrella?’

      • Kayceed

        Ella, ella.

        • majorbedhead

          I see what you did there.

        • Kent Roby

          I hate you for beating me to this! I really must reconsider this whole “work” situation; it totally interferes with my efficacy at posting on TLo!

        • demidaemon

          EH, EH. God I hate that song with the fire of a trillion suns. HATE.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        See, she’s just like us!

    • Toni

      As a lover of umbrellas, I deeply appreciate the matching. Kudos to whatever assistant thought that one through.

  • ktr33

    This is what Rihanna would’ve worn had she been on a later season of Lost, a Balmain version of the de rigeur hot girl in tank and army pants favored on the island.

    • smayper

      YES. I was also thinking that Cinna might have designed it for Katniss. In which case, the pants would be full of lethal gadgets.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Well, at least she’s wearing something.

    • R.A.

      Darling, if 230,000 hand-sewn crystals aren’t “something,” what is? 😉

  • deelup

    I think showing her t&a the other day. was a wee bit of fuckery. Love her in this.

  • TinyDynamo

    It’s so bad, but she somehow looks absolutely stunning. I wish she’d worn matchy leather hot pants with this, because that would’ve been fierce. Wow, never thought I’d say that out loud, but I stand by my assessment.

  • Kent Roby

    I would not want to be Rhi’s girls; after giving them total freedom at the fashion awards, she then flattens them into this.

    • smayper

      Breast whiplash.

  • j_am

    She appears very happy to be wearing real clothes. Can’t blame her.

  • fursa_saida

    I’m obsessed with the umbrella. Her umbrella matches her top. Also it’s just a bizarrely good-looking umbrella. I WANT IT.

  • d4divine

    The pants need a serious hemming…so droopy from the waist down

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    She is the only person who could wear this and not look stupid.

  • Kate

    I like the top – she really does “warrior princess” well. The pants are all sorts of fugly.

  • Sarah

    Those pants look like the result of illicit elephant poaching. I weep for the pachyderm, and for her sweaty nethers. Top’s pretty cool, tho.

    • Constant Reader

      I am going to try to use the phrase “I weep for the pachyderm” at least once this week. Nobody will get it, but since when did I let that stop me?

  • ashtangajunkie

    I am loving her hair like this and that top is fantastic. I’m going to go off in search of a time when I had never seen those pants.

  • Paigealicious


  • MissusBee

    The first thing I thought was Khaleesi realness. Which is weird as she could actually be the lost daughter of Daenerys and Drogo (plot twist!).

    She is having a moment, and it is well-deserved as her looks are attention-grabbing with nary an ‘of course’ about them. She’s doing that thing Kate Moss used to do so well – pulling unexpected looks out of nowhere and carrying it off like she’d wear it even if the camera’s weren’t flashing.

  • Anna

    I shouldn’t love this, but I do. I’d cast her as the female lead in my totally ridiculous, post-apocalyptic drama series.

    Hair and makeup are gorgeous.

    • Carleenml

      I love it, too. I’m turning into her biggest fan.

  • RescueMe23

    Over her….NEXT!

  • Kim Elmore

    The top is killing it!

  • LadyVimes

    She would make SUCH a good Khaleesi, even in hideous cargo pants. Bow down.

  • suzq

    I love the outfit. I think the pant cuffs would be more pleasant rolled up. She’s got nice ankles, as we saw at the Lincoln Center. How does she travel to Europe and look so fresh?

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    i loved the whole balmain fall collection, i’m happy to see it off the runway but sadly… i don’t think it translates great.

  • kipper

    You did not with the ” You go Khaleesi ” …..

  • BayTampaBay

    Are the pants on Rihanna leather or silk? I honestly cannot tell

  • another_laura

    I love that top – on her and probably her alone. The pants are hideous, full stop. There should be a rule against sandals with cargo pants. yuck.

  • Thomas

    Love the top, but I hate cargo pants with a passion.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Oh, come ON with those pants. Just no.

  • queeniethebold

    i just wonder. What must it be like to be so incredibly beautiful, and young, and have the world in the palm of your hand? i have a great imagination and cannot even begin to fathom it.

    • Thomas

      I want to say lonely, but she always looks like she’s having so much fun. Some people are just lucky I guess! I remember she said in an interview once that men are intimidated by her, so I guess there’s that!

  • Wink

    Rihanna is 5’8″ and has a great body, but even SHE can’t pull off freaking cargo pants! (Seriously, who looks good with giant saddlebags on their thighs?)

    • demidaemon

      I am excising anything cargo tangential from my wardrobe this summer and loving it. I highly recommend everyone do it.

  • Nimith

    I like the runway version. The pants are too long on her and I can’t get behind leather cargo pants.

  • Denise Rambo

    Oh HELL NO on those pants! They look like the parachute pants my brother used to wear when he was in a band back in the 80s.

  • E. D.

    I really don’t like that color on her.

  • MilaXX

    The Power of Ri. I like this on her. I’m sure I would hate it on everyone else.

  • Aidan B

    Balmain really is perfect for her, no?

  • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

    Khaleesi is spot on. That’s exactly what she inspires.

  • decormaven

    In the second shot, as one scrolls down, it looks like she is wearing kicks, which are photo bombing from the person behind her. I like the top on her very much- the pants look a little low slung, or perhaps the pocket lining alters the fit. She’s working it – again- nonetheless.

  • Miss wks

    …..and with a goddam matching umbrella…i LOVE this!

  • Cindy

    Yikes, I must be the only person in the world (or at least on this site) who finds her hideous. I don’t get her, never have. It doesn’t matter what trashy outfit she wears.

  • Town

    I think it’s cute. I’d totally wear this.

  • Andrea

    I can get behind this 100% but only on her.

    • FibonacciSequins

      This. I would hate it on anyone else.

  • Starling

    This makes me think of high-fashion versions of TLC’s outfits. I could completely see Left Eye rocking this back in the day. Excuse me, y’all, time to go listen to “What About Your Friends.”

  • Donna Tabor

    Just in case of a random shooting, the top is bulletproof.

    So there’s that.

  • Glam Dixie

    I hate all of this. Every bit. Looks awful on her, no wonder she goes naked half the time if this is what happens when she covers up.

  • Megsy


  • Yoshio

    she carries her own umbrella rather than delegating the task to a minion. i respect this.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      She’s soo human!

      • Yoshio

        I don’t know if I’d go that far…lol!

    • Amel

      Also because that umbrella is perfectly matched to her outfit. I kind of love it

  • GeoDiva

    That top is amazing on her. She certainly knows how to work it!

  • Griffinqueen

    Fiercely ugly.

  • LeelaST

    The model looks fabulous.

  • B_C_J

    Even Rihanna cannot make those ugly pants work. They are hideous. The top is interesting. The hair needs help.

  • Daenyx

    I am in full support of anything that makes baggy cargo pants “in” again for women (not because I care about being in, but because my favorite ones are falling apart and nobody effing makes them anymore!).

  • kimmeister

    A day after leaving nothing to the imagination, she completely obscures the fact that she’s got a slamming body. Keepin’ them guessing, for sure.

    However I do think this is Jada Pinkett-Smith’s outfit. I don’t watch GOT so no Khaleesi references from me.

  • quiltrx

    This looks like something the Fly Girls would have worn on In Living Color. (Hell, she probably borrowed it from J Lo.)

  • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

    Top interesting…Pants are annoying just to look at…seems she’s holding them up which I imagine, after ten minutes is also a bit annoying!

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    Love this! Leather like buttah.

  • Clydette Wantland

    At least she’s covered up for once!

  • NinjaCate

    I hate everything about this outfit including her hair.
    But damn if she isn’t making it work.

  • demidaemon

    Absolutely hideous, indeed, but I do give her kudos for acting like it is the shit.

  • Steve Ek

    This might be OK if the fit on the pants didn’t give the impression she just pooped herself (or that she at least has the room to do so). Also, I don’t normally notice these things unless some starlet is wearing nude shoes without the benefit of a pedi – but she has bizarrely large nails on her big toes and the blizzard white polish is making them a feature of the look.

    • bringbackbeatles

      I didn’t notice her toes until I read your comment, but I can identify as my big toes are the exact same way.

  • crash1212

    I don’t think it’s hideous. That top is badass , I just wish the pants weren’t so crotchtacular. Head is gorgeous, as usual.

  • unbornfawn

    I like the top. Those are some crazy ass poorly tailored pants, burn them.

  • marlie

    I like the top, but I’m not a fan of the pants. They look stiffer on Ri than they do on the model, making them seem like cotton khaki pants, not silk or whatever they really are. Plus, they’re too big on Riri.

  • enchanted216

    I would love this if her pockets weren’t stuffed with crap!

  • macwell

    It’s cute and all, but it reminds me of Jlo’s ‘Jenny On The Block’ days – which is not necessarily a bad thing….;)

    • malarson2

      EXACTLY what I was going to say. I can’t really see the height on the shoes, but that’s all she needs, some strappy-high dressy shoes to pull off Jenny’s look. Don’t be fooled by the rocks that’s she’s got…

      • macwell

        She’s just Rihanna, and….she don’t give a f**k….;)

  • Alloy Jane

    I love the top but the pants part are a crime. But this? THIS palpable confidence is what was missing from that sparkly naked dress.

  • GorgeousThings

    Surprisingly, I like this. It’s modern yet not “yo, look at my tits”. The pants need to be shortened about 5 inches, and she knows that, the way she’s pulling them up by ‘nonchalantly’ hanging on to the pockets.

  • Sophie

    The trousers look like satin on the model and leather on her. Are they the same trousers and is it just a light effect or are they completely different? I like the top, actually. Would probably prefer everything in another colour.

  • kfizz

    That is some Man Repeller, right there. (i.e. my other favorite fashion blog.)

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    It’s like Destiny’s Child’s Survivor meets TLC’s Unpretty. I dig it.

  • DeTrop

    She’s beautiful. Love the hair, makeup and outfit.

  • Kelly

    Too-big leather cargo pants? Yuck.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Shit, I kind of want those pants. Even though they’d look terrible on me.

  • deech_sea

    It’s hideous, but she still makes it work better than the model.

  • sk8tfan

    Not resorting to Miley style fuckery? I think her asinine nude appearance she made the other day was her homage to Wrecking Ball. Here, she’s wearing cargo pants and has an ace bandage around her ready to go in case she sprains an ankle.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Those pants fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down

  • smh4748

    She’s pulling that top off really well. But why, if you have the body she has (and which we all very clearly saw that she has only days ago) would you wear such fugly, ill-fitting pants?

  • livesarah

    Terrible pants but the top is ace. Why that awful, straggly wig, though?

  • MarissaLG

    Those pants are heinous. The top is…also bad. Total fail, RiRi.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love it, although the pants are a bit too long. But I dig her switching it up and rocking the long wig and giving a fresh-faced look.

  • numenah

    A total fail in terms of fit and color. The top is too long on her, and the hair should be pulled back and sleek with that neckline.I wonder why she didn’t wear the pants as shown on the runway. Of course, her beautiful face distracts.

  • Laura Livingston

    Once you’ve done the red carpet with just your vag covered, everything else is meh.

  • KayEmWhy

    No no no. I agree with TLo this outfit is hideous and that greasy wig has to go!

  • Susan Velazquez

    The top half is gorgeous and I wish it had been long enough to make a dress out of. The bottom half is just overpriced sweatpants.

  • webslice33

    rockstar chic!

  • formerlyAnon

    I love the top. Hate the pants – but going by the model, that’s what the designer intended. (And I love cargo pants.)

  • Sunnykm

    It looks like something the Khaleesi would wear

  • boweryboy

    I didn’t recognize her with clothes on. It’s a hideous outfit that she was born to wear. In some strange way it works.

  • AthenaJ

    I wish I could walk around every day looking as self assured as Ri does (especially in the see-thru dress!). Wish I could take confidence lessons from her.

  • hadtomakeaccount

    BAD ASS. Flip side of the glitter coin; I love it.

  • Sunraya

    Ok, Im an old fart. She absolutely resorts to Cyrus and Kardashian fuckery. Naked is worse than Cyrus or the kardashians have ever done . I was thinking what people would say if Cyrus showed up dressed like Rihanna did naked. It would have been a bloodbath here.

  • cocohall

    I like the idea of this outfit, especially as a counterpoint to the CFDA sheer number she just wore. But those pants are not fit well to her body. They are making her torso look quite odd. And the length – just weird. But I can see what was intended, and I think she looks cool.

  • Shalhevet

    I fund myself really hoping she keeps her hair this color and texture – it make her head look consistently breathtakingly gorgeous, which go a long way to make weird outfits work so well.

  • katiessh

    It’s one of those outfits that work simply because she’s RiRi. It’s the same with cate blanchett- they can get away with things simply because they have the right attitude.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Ugly. Woman, is there no in between in your wheelhouse?!

  • DuBey2

    What in the world is she doing with her hands squinted up on the edges of her pockets? Pinching herself because she can’t believe her Fashion luck this many weeks in a row?

  • Laylalola

    She really does look like she could be cast in GoT

  • altermyego

    I think the top is to die for. But I’m surprised and glad that she is holding her own umbrella. Perhaps she just finished singing her Umbrella song as she was walking down the street.

  • Pumps

    Wait, why is Rih Rih carrying her own umbrella? Love the top and the idea of the pant. She always manages to look flawless, though!