Rihanna in leather Damir Doma at her ‘Unapologetic’ launch: unflattering or cute?

Immediately following her disastrous 777 mini-tour (in which fans and journalists openly revolted), Rihanna flew to NYC to do the formal launch of her new album, Unapologetic. These are pics from the launch at the Best Buy in NYC. Rihanna’s outfit is actually womenswear. Can you believe that? She’s wearing Damir Doma, and yes, all of it is LEATHER. Giant leather shorts (are those technically gauchos?) and a big leather shirt. This outfit is absolutely horrible. Her necklace is Chanel, and her shoes are Blahnik.

Rihanna’s first single from the new album, “Diamonds”, has already gone to #1. This puts Rihanna in a very elite standing in the music industry – she has now tied Madonna with 12 number singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and Rihanna is the “fastest female solo artist” to accumulate that number – she’s done it all in less than seven years. Rihanna is now looking to break records set by “the Beatles (20 #1s), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson (13 solo #1s) for the most Hot 100 chart toppers of all time.” Can I just say? I don’t think “Diamonds” is a very good song. I sometimes find myself liking some of Rihanna’s singles in spite of myself (I loved “We Found Love” and that one she did with Drake), but I think “Diamonds” sucks as a song.

And finally, two vaguely Chris Brown-related stories. The tabloids claim that Rihanna posed naked on the cover GQ so that Chris would see it and want to be with her or something (gross). Then, Rihanna tweeted this as she was ending her 777 tour: “All alone in my big ole jet!!! See u soon lover”. Was she tweeting to Chris? Ugh.

Photos courtesy of Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com.

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  1. ds says:

    Damir Doma is one of the best young designers. Love what he does. On Rihanna though…not so much

  2. Isa says:

    I don’t like it but Rihanna is edgy and for some reason I like how it looks on her.

  3. marie says:

    meh, I don’t dislike it.. it reminds me of something Missy Elliot would wear..

  4. LadyMTL says:

    Agh, I hate that “Diamonds” song, and it’s alllllways on the radio now. Anyway, I do not like the outfit but I think it’s the top that annoys me more than the gaucho pants…and is it me or do the two not match, texture wise? The bottom looks smooth whereas the top is sorta rough? Whatever the case, nope, don’t like it.

  5. xoo says:

    Usually i’d think it’s afwul bit it looks kinda cute on her

  6. KellyinSeattle says:

    It has the shine/look of garbage bags. But at least she’s covered up (as she wants more privacy) :)

  7. Melissa says:

    I don’t care for it at all. Too boxy and Olson for my tastes.

  8. NC says:

    @kaiser The Supremes also had #12 number one singles. Then you said “I don’t think Diamonds is a very song”. So I guess you forgot to put a adjective before “song”. Sorry the be the grammar police.

    As for Riri, she’s just trash.

  9. Nicole says:

    Her makeup looks nice. I don’t think she’s talented, but i prefer her to Katy Perry.

  10. Meaghan says:

    So sick of her. And her album is getting HORRIBLE reviews. Next……

  11. Loulou says:

    I have to ask. For who exactly is this woman a fashion icon? It’s the same force-fed Michelle Obamazition of trying to make an icon where there isn’t one, only because people will flock to buy stuff to look like these women. Truthfully, they’re tacky.

  12. B says:

    Wow she actually has clothes on. Never thought I’d live to see the day.

  13. Julie says:

    She looks like she’s adopting Justin Bieber’s style. That’s not a good thing. I don’t really like that Diamond song either. It’s too repetitive and she sounds bad.

  14. Jennifer says:

    The girl cannot sing. Hopefully her looks will remain because that’s all she has.

  15. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    Cute. Still don’t like her tho.

  16. MariaKim says:

    I wish she would stick with the short hair, she looks so good on that magazine cover!

  17. Krock says:

    Blah. If I had her body and money, I sure as hell wouldn’t wear that hideous outfit. But that’s just me. I’m not Rihanna. I guess her whole “thing” it to try to be edgy or whatever the heck she’s doing with her outfits lately. Blah blech.

  18. Justine says:

    Bwaha, unflattering and incredebly bad-tasty. As always, sigh. Rihanna proves it every time: Money can’t buy you taste.

  19. Steeler says:

    1. It’s not leather but coated cotton!
    2. It’s a sporty casual look and her stylist opted for it
    3. Damir Doma is a very original, highly talented designer and this look is bad boy/girl cool

    Rihanna is a Popstar and she looks very cool and directional and gives a statement with this look. That differentiates originals from fabricated trash!

  20. Luke says:

    The shirt, necklace, and do-rag are interesting together, although verging on hip hop Halloween costume. The shorts are hiddy… but hey, she’s trying something modest for a change.