The big-ass ’80s-style belt trend also continues, with Miss Ri offering perhaps our favorite of the latest iterations.
But if we’re going to talk about springtime red carpet trends, we think there’s another one that’s gone uncommented-upon (by us, at least) until now. Call it the Unfussy Trend. We’ve lost count of how many times we fell back on the phrase “it gets the job done” to describe someone’s look in the past month or so, but trust us, it’s been a LOT. Post awards-season (and possibly as a delayed or subconscious #MeToo or #TimesUp reaction?), female red carpetry has become even more toned down than it usually does at this time of year. You can expect a post-Oscars shift toward simple, mostly conservative daydress styles in light colors and lightweight fabrics usually. But this year, the color choices have been eliminated for a wall of black and the designs themselves are sometimes simple to the point of being generic or boring.
Granted, a Versace leather mini-dress with a big ol’ belt and a tulip hem doesn’t make the best possible example of this trend, but we’d argue that for Rihanna, this is low-key, tone-down and somewhat classically simple in tone. In other words, this is a “gets the job done” look for Rihanna. Because we’re talking about Rihanna, that naturally means that the dress is pretty red-hot and fierce on its own, but something of a breezy, uncomplicated stroll through the park for her, stylistically speaking.
Versace Black Leather Strapless Dress with Belt from the Fall 2018 Collection
Styled by Mel Ottenberg
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, vogue.com]