Uncensorship – self censorship if you’re feeling uncomfortable. Rihanna’s presence at Monday’s CFDA Fashion Awards nearly eclipsed the ceremony itself, said CNN – that once only report serious stories worldwide – not naked celebrities.
Rihana, 26 did wear almost nothing at all at the stylish event, held by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in a floor-length sparkling gown that recalled the era of Josephine Baker.
Custom-made by designer Adam Selman, the mostly backless number shone from more than 230,000 Swarovski crystals and was accented with a baby pink feather boa, gloves and a glittering turban.
But it wasn’t just Rihanna’s effortless 1920s glamour that turned heads. As Selman described to Style.com, “the dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed.” That left everything that wasn’t covered by a flesh-colored thong on full display.
“It’s so naked,” Rihanna’s stylist, Mel Ottenberg, added to Style.com. “I don’t know if it’s shocking — I’m with her all the time, so my shock gauge is off — but I told her that I thought she was ready for this dress a while ago, and that I wasn’t. I’m the prude, and I’m just catching up.”
Ottenberg may still be getting used to the revealing look, but some observers — like fashion magazine Vogue — have heartily approved.