Rihanna accessorized her naked dress with a matching fur stole. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Channeling Josephine Baker and rivaling the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing president John F. Kennedy happy birthday, Rihanna showed up at the CFDA Fashion Awards wearing what can only be described as a sparkly naked dress. Rihanna walked the red carpet with all the glamour and pomp of a Las Vegas showgirl in a sheer dress with a matching thong and gloves, designed by Adam Selman. She set it off with a matching head wrap and pink fur stole. She was covered, literally, in Swarovski crystals, more than 200,000 of them. The singer and provocateur was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Fashion Icon award, and she did not disappoint. Somehow, it’s more naked than Carrie Bradshaw’s naked dress from “Sex and the City” — and that’s its name:
Say what you will, but the woman knows how to get people talking, or, at the very least, dropping their jaws. We could be wrong, but we’re pretty sure this is what the young folks mean when they say you look like “sex on a stick.”
We can’t publish most of the photos of her, thanks to our own rules about nipples (look, we’re not prudes over here, but we’re not Maxim, either) and Rihanna’s lack of pasties, but here are the ones we can:
Fashion Icon award recipient Rihanna attends the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images) John Demsey looks pleased with himself. Rihanna looks … sparkly and naked. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Star tattoos. We can show you star tattoos. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Smokey eye? Nailed it. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Rihanna speaks onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images) Fashion Icon award recipient Rihanna and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, in civilian clothes meant for slightly more regular humans. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images) Rihanna’s dress, custom designed by Adam Selman, had more than 200,000 Swarovski crystals. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Rihanna’s Adam Selman gown may have been an homage to Josephine Baker, whose birthday is June 3.
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You just hope it doesn’t itch. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images) Rihanna: It’s my award and I’ll wear a naked dress if I want to. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality.