Among her many titles as the reigning multihyphenate of our time, Rihanna’s status as a fashion icon may be the one that best encapsulates the power and reach of her cultural influence. While the bad gal has always marched to the beat of her own style drum, she’s also used her love of fashion to send a message and start multiple businesses, even making history in the process.

Rihanna’s Best Fashion Trends of All Years

Rihanna’s Best Fashion Trends of All Years
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Rihanna has always been known for her fearlessness, and that extends to her fashion sensibility. There are few celebrities that move as easily on the Met Gala red carpet in an avant garde Comme des Garçons ensemble as they do in self-referential streetwear as Rihanna does.

She’s been named a “fashion icon” by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, had fashion collaborations with the likes of Armani and Puma, been a brand ambassador for fashion houses like Dior, and launched her own fashion and beauty lines, including Savage x Fenty lingerie and athletic wear, and her now-paused luxury offering, Fenty, an LVMH-backed brand that was the first luxury line at the fashion conglomerate to be headed up by a Black woman. 

Which is to say, when it comes to fashion, Rihanna is a veritable powerhouse and with her biggest stage yet headlining this year’s halftime show at Super Bowl LVII, there’s no doubt that there will plenty more memorable fashion looks to look forward to. With that in mind, we’re taking a look back at Rihanna’s best fashion moments over the years.

It might have been an NBA game, but with Rihanna in attendance, not all the excitement was on the court. The singer made a case for casual cool with a rock-inspired tank top and matching sweat pants, which she paired with a pair of stiletto heels and a backwards snapback cap.

Rihanna turned heads at Paris Fashion Week with a glamorous and risqué look. Sporting a red fur jacket, a sharp bob, thigh high stockings, and mirrored sunglasses, she made the front row at the Dior show that much more exciting with her daring ensemble.

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Rihanna's Fashion Trend Is Taking Over the US
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For the grocery store-themed Chanel fashion show during Paris Fashion Week in March 2014, Rihanna paired a lavender Chanel skirt set with sporty accessories: matching athletic shoes and a cheeky fanny pack.

Rihanna went for 90s-inspired grunge glamour to attend the 2014 iHeartRadio music awards, where she wore a sheer lace gown paired with bantu knots, blue lipstick, and lots of silver jewelry.

Rihanna made fashion history when she showed up to collect her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in a sheer, barely there custom Adam Selman gown and matching head scarf. According to Selman, the dress, which was made out of fishnet, was covered in over 230,000 Swarvowski crystals, which were all hand-applied.

Rihanna channeled ladylike vibes to attend the Dior Cruise show in August 2014. Sporting a pastel pink sheath dress with a ruffled hem, she opted for pearl jewelry with unexpected twists, delicate heels, and a high ponytail.

Rihanna’s sweetly feminine and very voluminous tulle Giambattista Valli gown took up so much space on the red carpet that it went viral online, launching memes for days.

Rihanna cut a striking figure at Coachella in 2015 when she attended the festival wearing a long purple fur coat with drop sleeves and accessorized the look with glamorous black sunglasses and hot pink combat boots.

All eyes were on Rihanna when she stepped onto the famed steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2015 Met Gala in a dramatic and sweeping egg yolk yellow Guo Pei cape. The singer was lauded for being one of the attendees to wear a Chinese designer to the event, whose theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

One of Rihanna’s earliest and most successful forays into fashion was her partnership with Puma, who named her their women’s creative director in 2015. Along with a wildly successful hero product, a signature sneaker, Rihanna produced a series of popular runway shows for the brand, including this February 2016 show, where she took to the runway in a cozy but chic oversized hooded sweatshirt.

Rihanna made the case for the statement coat when she hit the streets of New York City in a bright red Saint Laurent coat that was shaped like a gigantic heart.

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