Rihanna attends the premiere of “Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets” at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
We dub this…
COTTON CANDY BALLERINA PRINCESS CHIC.
It’s a thing now.
But as much as we love Miss Ri’s fashion ways and killer side-eye, we’re gonna have to break this one down a little. First, it gets all the points for impact. In other words, it’s a look designed to make a very strong first impression and it does exactly that. The proportions are ridiculous, of course. Intentionally so. It’s all so overwhelming that the outrageous puffiness of those sleeves, the slightly dowdy feel of the neckline, and the completely uncalled-for train could, theoretically come across less problematic so long as the look remains unified and true to itself. This might sound a bit weird and esoteric, but with a look like this one, you need to commit to keeping it pure in order to make it work.
Here’s where and why that doesn’t happen: First, the footwear choice is way too distracting. The very last thing this dress needed was competition from the accessories. A simple, sparkly sandal was all that was needed here. One of the benefits of that silly skirt is that it shows off the legs. Laced-to-the-thigh sandals – even if she’s one of the few people who can pull them off (and that’s debatable) break up the line visually. On the flipside, she probably should’ve worn some form of necklace or pendant, since the neckline is screaming for it. Something delicate and – again – sparkly would’ve done the trick. And finally, we’re really sorry to say it, but the head styling is not up to the task here. None of it feels like it was devised as a look for that particular dress. And this is a dress that really needs a styling game plan, top to bottom. She looks pretty, of course. But it would be hard for her not to. We just think if you’re going to commit to the cotton candy ballerina princess look, you should probably go all in on the styling to make it work. Oddly enough, the lower half is over-styled and the top is under-styled.
Custom Giambattista Valli Couture Gown
Manolo Blahnik Sandals
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