Rihanna in Haider Ackermann in New York City

Posted on August 21, 2014

Gotta hand it to Ri. She’s getting a lot of mileage out of that costume shop Cher wig.

Rihanna-Haider-Ackermann-Chanel-Balenciaga-GOTSNYC-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Rihanna seen arriving at the Philippe Chow Restaurant in New York City in Haider Ackermann striped wide leg trousers paired with a grey tank top, a Balenciaga crocodile bag, Italia Independent sunglasses, and Chanel heels.

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This all feels kind of random. Love the shoes and pants, but the top is an afterthought and the bag doesn’t really go. It feels like it should be paired up with a much more pulled together, slightly more formal outfit than this. It’s a ladies-who-lunch bag. Granted, she appears to literally be a lady who is lunching at the moment, but even so. As much as we’d love to see her spin on the society matron uniform, this isn’t it. We don’t get to say this to ladystars as often as we do the men, but you need to hem those pants, Ri. What’s the point of wearing such attention-seeking shoes and then having your pants puddle all over them so no one can see them?

Man, that is one janky wig.





[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, barneys.com, zappos.com, Chanel, Balenciaga]

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  • Latin Buddy

    Wow, better wigs on RuPaul Drag Race…

    • Imasewsure

      Come on now… Ru’s girls know wigs…. even the “first auf’d” would have a better wig than this!

      • judybrowni

        I have a friend, an Afro-American singer, who makes her own wigs, that look one thousand times better than that.
        Who has, I imagine, a thousand times less money than Rhihannna.

  • When you can afford first rate human hair wigs, and a stylist to go with them this is close to egregious.

    • NinjaCate

      Nah, she’s gotta save the money for the Josephine Baker dresses made out of crystals.

    • quiltrx

      Looks like a tumbleweave you’d see in the parking lot of a club around here.

  • Noah

    Oh, I don’t know. I’ve had those moments where I’m off to lunch with my Balenciaga bag and my Chanel shoes and then decide, “Ah, what the hell. Let’s finish it off with a tank from Target and a wig from Spencer’s.”

    I mean, don’t you?

    • Kent Roby

      Stop it! You’re killing me, ‘cuz that is SUCH a Spencer’s wig!

      • MoHub

        Or Party City.

        • stellavision

          Now guess what’s stuck in my head? The only good quote that ever came out of Phi Phi O’Hara’s mouth, naturally.

        • Kent Roby

          Having heard (and used!) the Party City line for a while, I’m going to switch it up with Spencer’s now! As in “Oh, Sweetie, look at you with that smokey eye! Did you get your makeup from Spencer’s?”

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Gee, I should have thought about pulling that Balenciaga bag out of my closet for my trip to Staples and Big Lots this morning. What WAS I thinking to take a drab bag?

    • Thomas

      I just saw that the tank is Alexander Wang. I don’t even want to know how much it costs.

  • alyce1213

    I’d pay good money to see someone come up behind her and yank that thing off her head. That thing is so ratty, it needs to be exterminated.
    Love the shoes, though.

    • Imma Mäder

      the shoes are MINE!

      • sojourneryouth

        Be ready to fight for them. I warn you, I’m a biter!

        • Imma Mäder

          alright i’ll get my claws out then!

    • Glam Dixie

      $22.95 is a lunch special, hahahaha.

      • alyce1213

        Only on E 60th St in NY!

        • Introspective

          not just on 60th st. you could easily drop that on lunch in most places on the island of manhattan (unfortunately)

          but hell, ri can afford it (even tho that hair makes her look like she cant)

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        $22.95 for three bites of sustainably harvested kale

  • Glam Dixie

    At least run a brush through that janky wig. Those are clown pants, the shoes are fab but all together, none of this is working for me. (edited because it was mean to Tatiana.)

    • Kent Roby

      Even the pants would work (well, on Rhi, but hardly anyone else) with a fitted top; there’s just too much baggy-ness going on here.

      • Glam Dixie

        I could get behind the pants if they were just a little more fitted through the hips and just really full going straight down, but the fullness is all the way to the waistband. They looks enormous on her but clearly the waist fits, so they’re just odd looking.

        • Sarah

          Yep, clown pants was my first thought, too.

        • conlakappa

          Blouson, as they looked without her body in them, to remind the regular folk that they aren’t made for regular folks.

  • RescueMe23


  • JR Labrador

    Now this is what leaving the gym looks like. The wig looks like it was pulled from a deep fryer and left under a heat lamp.

  • marlie

    I think her pants are really unflattering. She needs to ditch the wig, and hand over the purse and shoes to me.

  • Janet B

    Has she ever had a worse wig?

  • Carrie

    Liked the wig with the dress, but not here. This whole thing feels sloppy, tbh. Not one of her better efforts.

  • Imma Mäder

    that tank top is ding terrible things to her

  • SugarSnap108

    Those are the pants of a somber clown. I love the shoes, but nothing else — especially that ratty wig.

  • Dino Bonačić

    I want those HA trousers for myself. And I’ll let Tilda borrow them

  • The shoes are amazing. The pants are too big.

  • Her breasts look like they hate each other in the first photo.

    • MoHub

      Yes, indeed. Definitely traveling in opposite directions.

    • Anna

      They’re trying to get away from that wig.

  • MilaXX

    I like the pants and the shoes. The rest of the outfit needs work. She can send that raggedy wig back to Gaga any day now.

    • Lower L

      I like the pants and the shoes in a modern-take-on-old-Hollywood way. So I really wish the top had structure to it, and that it wasn’t in a color that fights with the mushroom-y/taupe-y color of the pants.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Did she fall asleep in the car in that outfit?

  • frannyprof

    Burn.That. Wig.

  • OffToSeeHim

    The pants look like they hit right in the middle of her foot though. Where should wide-legged pants be hemmed to? (I’m really asking, I don’t want to go around looking like a fashion victim!)

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I have the same question .. back in the (70’s) day when wide leg pants were popular, we were told that the should be hemmed to about 1 inch from the floor … and I’ll tell you from bitter experience that they looked like hell when they were too short. What’s the rule now?

      • formerlyAnon

        I’m short, so for me, wide legged pants are hemmed as close to the ground as possible without actually dragging on it.

        I realize that there are those who frown on this choice.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I’m in a good mood, and I love her so. She is close to getting a lifetime pass from me. Work that stringy wig, girl.

    Plus, I’m captioning Photo #3 in my head, and it’s just fun. She is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Driver: Have a nice lunch, Miss Riha…
    Rihanna: If you want to keep your testicles, do not address me directly. Ever. Again.

    or maybe:

    Stylist: Please, please put on a bra, Rih. Please.
    Rihanna: That’s it. Gris-gris on your children. And you’re fired. It Is Decided.

    • Qitkat

      Ha! Very funny. I need to perfect that dismissive hand wave, it speaks volumes. But gasp, she has to shut her own car door!?

      • Kitten Mittons

        Just slamming it for emphasis.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Ha! I saw Rihanna on the Graham Norton show a few years ago and she told a story about getting a Brazilian wax job, and her regular gal was off. The regular gal knew not to say ONE.WORD. to Miss Ri while waxing, but the replacement talked through the whole waxing and according to Ri, just RIPPED those strips off. Ouch

      • Kitten Mittons

        I’m visibly cringing at my desk. Yikes.

        I have to say, I don’t think I’d want anyone to speak to me either, as I might just curse at them out of reflex.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I get my legs waxed every 3-4 months, and the salon includes a bikini wax with the legs, and the woman who does it is excellent-very skilled, gentle.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I…..will take your word for it. Heh. Waxing irritates my skin, so I’ve always stayed away.

      • AthenaJ

        I had a Brazilian about 10 years ago and I still clench my legs closed at the thought of that pain!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I”m just not going there-and my legs are clenched in sympathy.

      • Melanie

        i cannot imagine the chewing-out the replacement got after that session. hopefully personally by rhi rhi herself!

      • conlakappa

        Maybe I heard a different waxing story while she was on. I thought the point was that she requested non-English-speaking aestheticians, which was reaffiirmed by the offending woman trying to have conversation with her.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That’s possible-it’s been awhile since I saw that episode.

  • Those shoes are KILLA. And I love the bag, too. Actually, for once, I like how she looks here in general, although it’s a damn shame, as you pointed out, that the monster hem on the pants all but obscures the amazing shoes. Negatives are, of course, the wig, and the too many rings.

  • Qitkat

    Is she planning to spend all day at the buffet table? Because, damn those are some oversized flowey pants.

    • VCR1

      Those are definitely pants you wear to a buffet or Thanksgiving!

  • I like the idea of the pants more than the execution.

    • decormaven

      I’d like to see them on Tilda. She could take Rhi in a walkoff with them.

  • MightyMarshal

    I wish she had used that bag in the orange you guys have pictured. And thrown a little blazer on. And hemmed the pants.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Ugh, that wig. I couldn’t even see anything else when I looked at the picture.

  • J.W.

    The wig looks like a habitat for crawly things, but I’ll take the purse.

  • papillon

    I like the idea of the pants but I’d prefer them in a brighter colour and for them to fit better. Everything else is just messy. And she looks like Akasha here.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Even Ri can’t make those pants work without a fitting. Looks like she hasn’t combed the wig since the other night.

  • Grumpy Girl

    I LOVE those shoes. Man, I wish I had a bazillion dollars so I could buy them. Of course, if I had that much money, I would no longer go to work, and would not need the shoes for lying in my hammock on my private island . . .

    In the product shot, I thought the bag was great, too. But when I realized in context that it is the grey bag Rhianna is carrying, I thought it looked much like the kind of bags nice retailers use to give you the purchased items. The size/shape/dimensions look too “I bought a cute gift” for me.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Exactly! Expensive shopping bag, maybe outrageously expensive spa facial products.

  • stellavision

    I want to see those pants on SWINTON. (Which I realize makes me totally unoriginal. Haider Ackermann? On Tilda Swinton? OMG WHO KNEW?)

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, I love Haider Ackermann!

  • Kristi Mitchell

    Girl – check pinterest – they have recipes all over it for getting those cheap synthetic wigs to smooth out. Come on now, first Gaga and now Ri? Is this seriously gonna be a trend we’re going to have to put up with for the next six months?

  • bananafish

    What do you call it when you’re so fabulous that you’re pulling a look off, but there is NO REASON for trying to pull said look off

    • conlakappa

      To Rihanna?

  • tallgirl1204

    I am actually liking that she wears things to go to lunch that are loose enough to enjoy one’s meal

  • Julie Chase

    I wear that style tank top to bed. She’s making me sleepy.

  • Do you think Gaga’s Wig Brushing Gays have defected to RiRi?

    • Glam Dixie

      That would imply that she has wig brushing gays, which clearly neither of them have.

  • Yoshio

    I like it. I don’t mind the pants length or the tank and I think the bag is fine. Love the color of those sunglasses. Overall It feels very summer in Tokyo. That wig though…

  • Boulderista

    I confess that I throw a gray t-shirt or tank on with any number of pants/skirts so I could totally see walking out of the house in this outfit including the bag, but not(!) the wig … however after seeing this it from a distance, I will be re-thinking my style choices in the future. (just counted up, I own 7-8 gray tank/tees plus a gray lightweight v-neck sweater, I probably HAVE done a similar look a time or two.)

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Send the pants over to Tilda Swinton. She’d have them slightly tailored, top with a great blazer.
    Love the shoes. Ri’s just messing with everyone every time she plops that wig on.

  • kimmeister

    I love the shades, lip color, and find the shoes very interesting (although I’m not sure if I actually like them). Everything else needs a rethink.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I’d like to think this wig is a commentary on the silly cocker spaniel extensions trend that will not die. Rihanna’s saying, “See, I can wear dumb fake hair, too.”
    IMO, this bad wig is just as obvious as, say, Megan Fox’s hair, but with more humor and less desperation.

    • Laura Livingston

      I see the same amount of desperation here.

  • Abbey Rogue

    Newlywed Denise Huxtable in an Elvira wig from the party pig.

  • snarkykitten

    Forgive me for being crass, but “I dreamed of being Rihanna in my maidenform bra”

  • jonnyf8

    I want the entire male version of this outfit and the body to carry it off. I guess I want to be Jared Leto.

    • demidaemon

      Doesn’t everybody?

      • formerlyAnon

        I’d rather not be a guy, but if I had to, a 42 year old who looks as good as Jared Leto sounds like close to the perfect deal. (If he were a 2-4 inches taller it might actually be perfect.)

        • demidaemon


  • Lorelei_D

    Please explain the appeal of the pants, Uncles. Also, her back side appears to have nipples.

    • Personally, I like the pants because they have that cool, Katharine Hepburn/Greta Garbo androgynous look.

  • Nika E

    Looooove those pants. The bad weave job is inexcusable when u are a millionaire. And is a bra to much to ask? Those things are gonna be hanging around her belly button if she doesn’t give them a good home.

  • decormaven

    Shoooes [makes grabby hands]

  • MaryMcClelland

    I love the bag, but no, it does not work with the rest of the outfit. The pants and heels are killer together though. I thought based on the first shot, the pants were harem style with a cinched ankle – I think that might work, but at least hemming them to see those fabulous shoes!

  • Melanie

    that (yellow) BAG! wannnnnnnnnnnnt. also i would love to be the kind of person that’s rocking what’s going on on her hands – henna (?) tats, ALL OF THE RINGS, & that vampy polish….yeah i think i kinda worship her :/

  • somebody blonde

    The yellow version of this bag is much better than the gray. It looks too much like a literal shopping bag that you get from the store when you check out- all it’s missing is the store name.

  • jen

    That wig has passed it’s expiration date. Love the pants and shoes, although they pants do need to be hemmed. They look super comfy though.

  • Kaonashi

    The only thing that looks good is the shoes. That wig needs to be taken out back and shot.

  • KT

    Not even Rihanna can save us from Trainwreck Thursday!! Wheeeeee!

  • suzq

    Those shoes are all kinds of awesome. I hope they become the new “putty shoe” so we can see them over and over again.

    I like the wig. It makes Ri more human.

  • B_C_J

    She looks atrocious. Purchase a new wig. Put on a bra. Get pants that fit.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    Is it a wig or pieces? It looks like her hair in the front and Cher’s hair in the back.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Gross, super gross, hair.

  • LeelaST

    Like the top (BRA – STAT!) and the bag. Hate the pants and those shoes are creepy. Not going near that wig.

    I actually disagree that the pants need a hem – that’s the perfect length for those pants and shoes. If they were shorter, they’d look like Charlie Chaplin clown pants.

    • BLauDGaspode

      I think they look precisely like Charlie Chaplin clown pants already, so maybe hemming wouldn’t make any difference at all.

  • Janky. Hehe.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    I think she could’ve had fun with a sleeveless collared shirt with the pants and shoes. That, in my head, fixes it; it’s hitting the mark for where those pants should be but still fun.

  • musi_

    she can do whatever she likes in my opinion. except that wig.

  • GemFemme

    Like the pants, shoes and lip color. Hate the wig, rings and and hand tattoo.
    What is it with stars like Rihanna and Lady GaGa wearing such cheap looking wigs? It’s a stupid trend that needs to die.

  • formerlyAnon

    God, she makes those pants look great. And I like the shoes with them. Not in love with the tank and hate the purse.

  • demidaemon

    I actually think this is kind of cool (minus that hair. NOT GOOD). I love the high low combination. Agree on bringing the pants’ hem up a tad.

  • understateddiva

    I’m still of the opinion that that monstrosity is actually sewn into her head. At this point she would definitely have switched it out if it were removable, right?

  • quiltrx

    Those shoes are awesome, and I really like the pants if they were a smidge shorter.

  • Annistella

    I feel compelled to quote Samantha Jones; “nipples are huge right now”.

  • nice outfit…that wig makes her look like a witch though lol