In a thin swath of crystals, Rihanna entered Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center every inch the fashion icon she would be crowned by the CFDA. Her custom Adam Selman dress (complete with full-length gloves, ’20s style skullcap and pink stole) was embellished with 200,000 Swarovski crystals, covering her nether regions better in person than in photos. However, when the singer ascended the stage to accept the award, one could see there was little between her and her diamonds.

Rihanna attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“I just like to have fun with it, fashion is a world of thrill, it’s exciting. There are no rules, I mean, she has tons of rules,” the pop-star ribbed at Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who presented her with the award.  “Scratch that, there are rules but rules are meant to be broken.”

The Barbadian star, who seemed to radiate from the stage, reminded the audience of her childhood far away from the epicenter of the industry in her acceptance speech.

“I grew up in a really small island and I didn’t have a lot of access to fashion. But as far as I could remember, fashion has always been like a defense mechanism, even as a child I remember thinking, ‘she can beat me but she can not beat my outfit.’

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The same held true Monday night, despite the showing of nearly all the top American designers and models.  The fashion icon’s nearly-nude number was not to be beat.

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