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Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad?

Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad?

Image Courtesy of Portal NE10, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of Portal NE10, flickr.com

The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) awards took place this week to recognise the outstanding contributions to American fashion. Awards were given in categories such as Womenswear Designer of the Year, which was picked up by Joseph Altuzarra for his strong yet feminine collection and varied use of fabrics. Other awards included Accessories Designer of the Year and an International Award won by Raf Simons for Dior.

There was one award, and recipient, however, that kept everyone talking. The Fashion Icon award was presented by US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and received by a rather naked Rihanna, who was wearing a custom-made dress by designer Adam Selman.

Receiving one of the fashion industry’s most coveted style prizes was always going to further boost Rihanna’s media exposure but it seems the focus of the night has been less on her award and more on her see-through dress!

Has Ri-Ri taken it one step too far this time?

For many social media channels and media outlets, such as the BBC, this display of well, everything, was considered massively inappropriate, especially as Rihanna is a style icon to all ages and an inspiration to children who love her music. She may have pulled off the dress but we think her public image may have taken a hit after this shocking fashion statement.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen controversy surrounding Rihanna.  Her raciness in recent months has been sure to keep her in the public eye, and unfortunately for the wrong reasons. In October last year, Rihanna’s music video for “Turn it Up” was banned within ten minutes of release and more recently the advertisements for her latest perfume ‘Rogue’ have been banned from areas with children.

Rihanna is known and loved for her provocative songs and persona but with her recent negative publicity, could she be on a downward spiral? Even her Instagram account has been deactivated after the upload of a topless photo. What could be next? We just hope that Rihanna’s decreasing media coverage won’t cause any long-lasting damage to her media and public profile because after all, she’s just a “good girl gone bad”.

 

Fashion’s Big Night: The Met Ball 2014

The Met Gala is one of the many anticipated sartorial fashion showcases of the year. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this year’s annual charity event paid homage to couturier Charles James. The code of dress was an enchanting ‘White Tie and Decorations’ theme, which was emphasised in a billowing sea of dresses.

Image Courtesy of gem_106, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of gem_106, flickr.com

A Cinderella story was envisioned, as the evening’s host, US Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour led the entourage of celebrities in cascading couture up the stairs from the red carpet. With guests including Rita Ora, Lily Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian dressed in aesthetic extravagance, from classic to glamour via Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Chanel. Fashion houses scrambled for stars to wear their latest silhouettes, as recognition was the forefront.  Being one of the biggest opportunities to flaunt anything and everything, social networking and media coverage was heavily utilised, bringing an epidemic of photographers from publications and newspapers to outreach maximum publicity worldwide.

However, the event would not be complete without the ‘Best Dressed and Worst Dressed’ notorious fashion stamp. As critics (and the public) eagerly awaited live photos from the carpet to be uploaded, eyes were firmly glued to computer screens, ready to judge and determine which celebrities successfully accomplished ‘classical glamour’, and which forgot to check The Galas’ dress code. The pressure of wearing the right dress on a night out has never been so detrimental.

For the fashion designers whose dresses were to be showcased, it was a nervous wait on whether the PR move was worthwhile. For those who didn’t come out on top, and for those who didn’t even make the list of go-to designers for the event, the prep work has already begun ready for next year.

So who’s got some work to do ready for next year? Katie Holmes in her yellow Marchesa dress was labelled an outright disaster, Rita Ora was described as a drowned mermaid in her Donna Karan Atelier dress and the jury is still out on Kristen Stewart’s Chanel number.

Better luck next year guys!

 

 

Fashion's Big Night: The Met Ball 2014

The Met Gala is one of the many anticipated sartorial fashion showcases of the year. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this year’s annual charity event paid homage to couturier Charles James. The code of dress was an enchanting ‘White Tie and Decorations’ theme, which was emphasised in a billowing sea of dresses.

Image Courtesy of gem_106, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of gem_106, flickr.com

A Cinderella story was envisioned, as the evenings host, US Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour led the entourage of celebrities in cascading couture up the stairs from the red carpet. With guests including Rita Ora, Lily Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian dressed in aesthetic extravagance, from classic to glamour via Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Chanel. Fashion houses scrambled for stars to wear their latest silhouettes, as recognition was the forefront.  Being one of the biggest opportunities to flaunt anything and everything, social networking and media coverage was heavily utilised, bringing an epidemic of photographers from publications and newspapers to outreach maximum publicity worldwide.

However, the event would not be complete without the ‘Best Dressed and Worst Dressed’ notorious fashion stamp. As critics (and the public) eagerly awaited live photos from the carpet to be uploaded, eyes were firmly glued to computer screens, ready to judge and determine which celebrities successfully accomplished ‘classical glamour’, and which forgot to check The Galas’ dress code. The pressure of wearing the right dress on a night out has never been so detrimental.

For the fashion designers whose dresses were to be showcased, it was a nervous wait on whether the PR move was worthwhile. For those who didn’t come out on top, and for those who didn’t even make the list of go-to designers for the event, the prep work has already begun ready for next year.

So who’s got some work to do ready for next year? Katie Holmes in her yellow Marchesa dress was labelled an outright disaster, Rita Ora was described as a drowned mermaid in her Donna Karan Atelier dress and the jury is still out on Kristen Stewart’s Chanel number.

Better luck next year guys!