Rihanna in white Stella McCartney at the Met Gala: awful or fierce?


Rihanna owned the red carpet at last night’s Met Gala. She can wear almost anything, and she proved it by making a Stella McCartney dress look good. I can’t think of a single person who could have pulled this dress off, but Rihanna is working it. Stella must be so pleased (and smug). Rihanna’s wearing so much fabric but still manages to look completely sexy. The boob darting is a little bit awkward, no? The shoulder padding is too strong, and the skirt is a little too drapey. This should have been a huge no-no, but Rihanna owns this dress. The statement necklace sets off the look well, and Rihanna’s hair and makeup is always perfect. This is a mediocre, dress that was styled well and worn by the best model possible.


Rita Ora arrived in a Donna Karan Atelier monstrosity. This dress looked straight out of an S&M fairy tale with silk tulle everywhere and asymmetical wrapping and details. You can tell she loved it, which counts for something. At least the Lorraine Schwartz jewels were simple.

Rita Ora

Allison Williams is a conventionally pretty woman, and she did not stray too far from her comfort zone last night. She wore Oscar de la Renta with Fred Leighton jewels. The neon red color of the dress was was bold, but she kept a classic silhouette.


Florence Welch always goes for weird in fashion, but this dress somehow managed to be boring. This is a Valentino ensemble. She paired a boring sheath dress with a butterfly-covered jacket. With a little more tailoring, this could have been a sharper look.

Florence Welch

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  1. don't kill me i'm french says:

    Ria ora won “the ugly ,not classy outfit of the night “

  2. AG-UK says:

    Rita Ora looks as if she had a bad burn on her right arm with that crazy wrap around fabric? No just no why is she everywhere? She is desperate to make the US happen for her or someone is.

  3. Janet says:

    Alison Williams looks good. The rest look godawful.

  4. SamiHami says:

    Rihanna looks awful. I disagree that she “owns it.” She just looks blah and poorly put together. Did she stick her head in a blender? Her hair is a nightmare, too.

    Rita Ora-the first thing I thought when I saw her get up was “Oh, poor thing! Was she in an accident?” Then I realized those weren’t bandages.

  5. blue marie says:

    Rhianna looks good, no one else could pull that off. She really is beautiful.

  6. Kiddo says:

    Ri-Ri wins. She has some gorgeous eyes.

  7. Hiddles forever says:

    Rihanna has such a fantastic body she would look good in a rubbish bag….
    I like Alison Williams’ dress :)

  8. paola says:

    Rita Ora really needs a mirror. Between her and Solange Knowles I don’t know who is the most deluded in the fashion department.

    I just can’t with Rihanna… I can’t find flaws in her. She scrubs up really well and she is incredibly beautiful. Hair and make up are perfection.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Rihanna looks great.
    Allison looks pretty, Florence I feel like we’ve seen her in stuff like that before, and Rita…whatever. That’s a mess.

  10. Kate says:

    Rihanna always looks pretty but this outfit has nothing to do with the theme and that annoys me. This was her one chance to not wear the same thing over and over again.

  11. Nev says:

    Rihanna WINS the night. WERK.


  12. Karen says:

    I don’t like Rihanna’s look one bit. I guess she looks LESS awful than other people might. Allison’s dress is simple and classic, I think she looks great. Better safe than awful.

    I don’t mind Rita’s dress, it’s the leg and arm wrapping that ruin it.

  13. Dani2 says:

    Rihanna looks amazing, Rita’s ensemble looks so cheap.

  14. QQ says:

    Rhi rhi and Florence won this for me! Occasion appropriate and still true to their aesthetics

  15. LadyRay says:

    YES, Rih killed it. She looks fantastic!

    And those are not her nipples showing, I believe those are her n*ps piercings.

  16. Nighty says:

    I like Rihanna’s and Allison’s… the rest… :P

  17. eliza says:

    I think RiRi looks nice. She has a great figure to pull that off.

  18. Adrien says:

    Rihanna can do no wrong fashion wise, even if Stella McCartney.

  19. Sarah says:

    Rita’s make up is bad it’s w different color to the rest of her. Rihanna looks stunning. She has so much charisma.

  20. cro-girl says:

    Rhianna… she can wear what she wants.

  21. Maggi says:

    Rihanna looks a-mazing. Seriously seriously amazing.

  22. poppy says:

    i’m meh on the dress. she looks good but the fabric looks cheap. that’s a stella fault, not rhianna.
    rita ora NO. wtf NO
    red dress on red carpet just looks bad but it fits her perfectly.
    the butterfly kimono jacket is AWESOME. it looks incredibly difficult to make and very expensive which looks very coture to me. her hair, not so much.

  23. Longhorn says:

    Rihanna looks amazing. That dress looks like something Rita Hayworth would have worn. But what is going on with Rita Ora’s makeup? She’s a beautiful girl but it looks like a 6th grader did her makeup

  24. Jules says:

    Well then, Rihanna must have slept with everyone to be as famous as she is. At least Rita can actually sing.

  25. Maddie says:

    I like Rita’s dress, but the hair and makeup looks bad.

  26. serena says:

    I kind of love all this page’s dresses. Especially, call me a fool, I love Rita Ora outfit. It’s so weird but pretty and I’m loving the details!

    Rihanna looks good in everything, even a potato sack, it’s unbelievable! If I could change something in this looks it would be her hairstyle -don’t like the ananas effect- and a bolder eyeshadow!

  27. Taylor says:

    I saw other pics of Rihanna from this event in an unflattering brownish gold dress that was too big for her, it showed her butt crack. I’m glad she changed, unless that was what she changed into. The white outfit was better.

  28. Grant says:

    I like Rita and Rihanna’s dresses, particularly Rihanna’s shoulderpads. I think the angular look is cool. I do NOT like Rihanna’s hair, however. I think it looks like a bird’s nest.

    Allison is so boring. This dress is incredibly bland, despite the color.

  29. capepopsie says:

    Riri is Beautiful! As someone said: she could wear a Brown papperbag and still look gorgeous!
    Best look of the night! :)

  30. ashley says:

    Rihanna is stunning!! Wow! I love what she’s wearing.

  31. Pumpkin Pie says:

    Rihanna looks great in that white “dress”, but I don’t like her hairdo, it looks too messsy. Does anyone know how tall she is? Maybe they choose that style to kind of elongate her look. She is very beautiful though, there is no doubt about it.

  32. aquarius64 says:

    Rihanna – great look for her but nipple petals were needed.

    Rita Ora – her look would have worked if she didn’t mummify her right arm. The thigh-high gladiator satin pump complete ruined it.

    Florence Welch – another couch dress.

  33. Mixtape says:

    It’s a sad day when RiRi in a crop top and mess-do is the most elegantly-dressed woman at a big event, but after looking at countless pics of the Met Gala, I can no longer deny that this is true.

  34. Jayna says:

    Rhi Rhi can wear what she wants and it works. She’s an edgy popstar and not a poser one. She brought it at the Met Ball. Beautiful girl.

  35. db says:

    RiRi’s face is beautiful – the hair is betwixt and between, like they decided on that ‘do after another didn’t work. Really don’t like the dress, it’s too literally a 40′s vibe, although I like the neck. None of which matters because RiRi is rocking it

  36. Beatrice says:

    I love this look on Rihanna. Her body is ridiculous and makes just about anything look good. She looks gorgeous and I don’t think the darting looks bad at all. She was the only one wearing Stella that looked great too, further proving that she could make a burlap sack look great.

  37. Laura says:

    Earlier in the thread I saw someone complain that Rihanna looks “trashy” because her “under boob tat” is showing. I take personal offense to that. I’m fairly heavily tattooed and I take pride in the fact that my artwork is well done and beautiful, as is Rihanna’s. I don’t think tattoos alone can determine someone’s “classiness” or “trashiness”. If the artwork is poorly done and the subject is offensive that’s a different story. But Rihanna’s work is beautiful, it is unique and a part of who she is. Why not show that off? I think it adds to the look.

  38. Sarah says:

    Riri can wear anything! I appreciate how she owns her looks. This dress looks unfinished. Like time was up for the Project Runway challenge or something. But she *still* looks good. Also digging the henna on her hands!!

  39. d says:

    Ooh, I love Rihanna’s dresses (there’s a pic with her in a gold one), definitely fierce. I’d say she’s at the top of my list, along with Kurkova’s gown. Out of all of the women, those two ladies looked the best.
    For all my complaints about Rihanna, she sure does seem to have a way with fashion, so that’s good.

  40. Maritza says:

    Rihanna looks gorgeous maybe her hair needed help but otherwise she looked great.