CFDA Awards 2014: Rihanna Wears Completely See-Through Dress, Pink Stole and ... That's Pretty Much It

06/02/2014 at 09:38 PM ET

When you’re collecting the Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America at their annual awards gala, you can’t just show up wearing any old thing. And if you’re Rihannawhose stylist says she’s already worn “all of [the] fall/winter” designer collections by the end of May — you really need to turn it out. Of course it would have to be something custom, something a little risqué and unexpected and something that would ensure people would talk. Well, we think she achieved all of those goals and then some.

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The superstar made her red carpet debut in a custom Adam Selman design, consisting of a “fishnet dress, gloves and headscarf … hand-embellished with over 216,000 Swarovski crystals,” according to the press release. Understandably, she kept jewelry understated (for her) adding Paul Morrelli diamond drop earrings and a cocktail ring, plus one by Jacob & Co.

Another thing she kept on the minimal side: undergarments. Rih forwent a bra (we blurred any relevant bits, but trust us, they were on display) and opted for only the tiniest, filmiest nude thong in order to show off the dress to full effect. And due to the strategic placement of her furry pink stole, even the undies were in question, though when she turned around, they were visible on her hip (they disappeared in the rear view, of course).

Selman is a longtime collaborator with Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenberg, and they worked with the singer to make a look Selman described as “fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed” and called (in the understatement of the year) “a little bit scandalous.” Ottenberg spoke to of the look, saying “I did this look for her so she’d have a good time. This was the perfect night do to something fun, and I wanted her to have something great that you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world.”

We can’t say we’re surprised (and it was nice of her to give us something to discuss) but we want to hear what you think. Tell us in the comments!

–Alex Apatoff

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Pat on

Seems like it would make more sense to give this award to Rihanna’s stylist…

greenhula on

Style Icon, are you kidding. She’s is one of the worst dressed every time, including this time. This is not style it’s exhibitionism.

dc37local1113 on

She looks amazing! !! Body , face and dress. How I love my Island girls

Tiff on

Something must have happened to her as a young girl to always be letting everything hang out. There is nothing wrong with having confidence but you don’t have to constantly show your @$$ and t***.

Barbara on

She looks wonderful! So beautiful!

cindy on

Girl could put on a dishcloth and look good. She is one of those rare women who can put on anything an look fantastic. A little daring yes, but she is a beauty

whatever on

beautiful girl, beautiful body but it’s OK to cover up sometimes…I will say this: she effortlessly pulls off these hideous outfits and her confidence always shines through…someone like Miley Cyrus would have a stupid, insecure, weird look on her face b/c she knows she doesn’t have the body or face for it.

whatever on

ps – I totally agree with Barbara and Cindy

Anya on

Leaves nothing to imagination.

MomC on

I am not a big fan of hers, but really appreciate the look that she and her stylist work to maintain. My problem with this outfit is that the discussion is about the dress and not her. Style is about the person, fashion is about the dress.

kitty on

You go!!!ri-ri… you look amazing love this look

Donna on

OMG, what trash, really, an award???

Denise on

Ugly furhag.

Karen5001 on

You can’t buy class..

Dawn on

Creative and artsy….nice!

Sita on

Ho hum. Marilyn did it better. And back then (singing “Happy Brthday” to the president) it really WAS scandalous!

Lisa on

She’s beautiful and I can only imagine what 216,000 Swarovski crystals looked like in person. I bet it was beyond gorgeous.

Mira on

She does look amazing, what can you say.

Jess on

Keepin’ it classy. . . lmfao

tea7 on

I like the look, but she didn’t need show her nipples, it kind of made the outfit trashy. She just posed nude in a French magazine, I think she issues because she is always going nude for attention

Jacqueline on

This poor girl needs therapy! She’s an exhibitionist. If she is an overly being, she may want to keep the expression oh her sexuality more private. Her antics cheapen her.

Kandee on

Rihanna is a trend setter. Love her!

John on

Very appropriate for a bedroom. For the red carpet, not so much…

JeannieD on

It’s boring. Yes, she’s beautiful. Yes, she is risque. But I agree with some who have said that there’s nothing left but to actually be naked. Big whoopdeedo anymore to show off the bod. It’s not scandalous or interesting. Just redundant.

Macy on

What’s next, will she walk the red carpet completely naked? Because this isn’t far off as it is. My parents would kill me if I ever even thought of doing something like this. What ever happened to being a real lady and leaving something to the imagination?

Pacificgirl on


WorthyStyle on

Love you guys but you definitely did not blur her nips out of the pic on the left. Can see EVERYTHING.

WorthyStyle on

I love you guys but if you censored things you apparently posted the uncensored photo. My desktop is showing in the top left photo her nips – nothing left to the imagination there!!

Lesli on

Trash !!!!!!

Dee on

This dress could have been stunning without revealing Rihanna’s breasts and rear end.
She is boxing herself into a corner by choosing to be known for her pot use and nudity rather than her singing.
I get it, she’s young and very lovely, but she is leveraging herself as a sexual piece of meat.
That isn’t empowering. It’s giving yourself over to an over-sexed male dominated society.
Not cool

Mark Wrendell on

It is hard to make trash look pretty….!!

moi on

I remember when Rhianna was nobody walking down the strreet and getting “punk’d” by ashton kutcher…….google it….

Just A Thought on

Anything, I mean ANYTHING to keep herself relevant. Desperate much?

guest on

Not beautiful like Marilyn Monroe.

Meow on

She has no self respect. Use your mind, not your body to advance in life. She’s brainless.

Hiss on


Erin on

Beautiful Love it!

kat88 on

Rhianna, never lets us down!! Glad to see once a train wreck always a train wreck with her clothing choices! Now can you please cover up your lady bits!! Nasty!!

Melissa Hossage on

If Rihanna has the body; flaunt it :-)..she looks good!

Anna on

Vulgarity at its finest.

Guest on

That’s awful.

skinnurse101 on

Very pretty and sexy!!!! She is one that can pull this look off!!!

Jenn on

If anyone else was out like this in public they’d be arrested for indecency. Why is it ok when you’re a celebrity? I don’t get it. Sure she looks great but some things should be left to the privacy of your home, nevermind only be seen by those you are intimate with.

APT on

This is how pigs dress.

Hmmm on

If you ever get a chance to see old daguerreotype picture formats of dance-hall girls and shady ladies…these pics of R would fit right in. They have a beauty to them, no doubt.

Nata on

This is Vegas Burlesque show dress – not appropriate for this event. Great ass thou

bonchan on

WOW….honestly, if I had that body I’d show it off as well!

guest on

Put some clothes on girl…you dont need to show everything to everybody

Brittany on

Stunning I love it! I want one!

Liz on

She has the body & the personality to pull it off beautifully. I see a gorgeous, strong & confident woman.

Dee on


Ken j. on

Stupid woman, stupid dress, trying to one up Cyrus, Kardashian, and Gaga. These clueless females need to be socially responsible. They are sending women back to the dark ages. Seriously…would you want your daughter to dress like this? If you would, you need to wake up your parenting skills.

Lee on

She’s totally lost it..

Nicole on

She’s a gorgeous woman with an amazing body.. But in the unedited pics, you can see it all..
Hats off to her for having an amazing sense of confidence and self esteem, but the nipples were a bit much – definitely took your attention away from the dress itself.

Jjjee on

Trashy. Just trashy. She has no class whatsoever.

corky on

She is just so classless. There is no need for that!

Sandra on

She is exactly what her necklace she wore stated, C**T!

Emily on

How terrible

Analyze this on

Only Rih could pull this off & look absoluetly stunning – Can you imagine Kim Kardashian trying to wear something like this with her fat ass & celluites ??? No f**kin way…..Any Kanye must be pissed at himself for not thinking: Man i could have dresed my muse this way !!!

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