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”.