Rihanna in bright yellow Guo Pei at the Met Gala: overkill or perfection?

Rihanna launched a dozen memes last night with her (always) fashionably late arrival at the Met Gala. This massive gown, from Chinese designer Guo Pei, required three people to carry up the stairs. People have compared it to Belle from Beauty and the Beast and an extra-large pizza. Rihanna’s been really big on ginormous statement dresses lately, and I love that she hasn’t let her Dior contract tie her down at every event. With that said, this is one heck of a dress. The bright-yellow color, the endless folds of fabric, the unending train — it’s all perfect for this year’s Met Gala theme. Rihanna knows people watch what she wears, and she worked this opportunity well. She styled the dress well with a statement necklace, an ornate gold headpiece, and an offbeat, flipped hairdo.




Rita Ora wore Tom Ford because of course she did. Rita occupies the same spot on Tom’s arm that Rihanna used to enjoy, and I think Rih’s fine with it. She’s moved on. This lush red dress is surprisingly low-key for such a big event. The fabric is gorgeous, and Tom’s people did a good job on tailoring. The collar is a little bit Dracula, but Rita pulls it off.

Rita Ora

Selena Gomez wore a custom Vera Wang gown with tassel detail. It looked elegant from the back. The front view looks awkward because the belly cutout is unnecessary.

Selena Gomez

Gabrielle Union played it safe (and ignored the theme) in this Zac Posen dress. Meh.

Gabrielle Union

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  1. It is what it is says:

    Literally overkill on RiRi. That’s probably dog fur. Disgusting

    • Sofia says:

      I’m not a fan of wearing fur myself but your ‘dog fur’ comment is horribly racist. Disgusting indeed.

      • Brittney B says:


        I’m not saying it’s *not* racist (that’s not my right anyway, as a white American)… but I’m genuinely curious, why do you say that? Is it because of the stereotype that Chinese people eat dog meat? Or is it racist towards Rihanna for some reason?

      • Tifygodess24 says:

        @sofia and Brittney – Pretty sure the dog hair comment had nothing to do with the assumption of eating dog, I would assume it’s because China has been caught on multiple occasions using dog fur on clothing instead of animals that are typically used. — well that’s how I read the comment.

      • Imo says:

        Racist? Lol.
        Guess what? If something actually happened it is okay to reference it. If some manufacturers in China were busted for using dog pelts in clothing it can be mentioned and that’s not racism. Heck, that’s not even a generalization.
        Nothing racial/ethnic remotely crossed my mind until you made the accusation so maybe it is your conscious that went there first. Just saying.

      • Sofia says:

        I’m not for one second defending China’s reputation for animal cruelty. I agree it’s horrendous and yes they do kill dogs.
        However to say ‘it’s probably dog fur’ about a dress by a Chinese designer is at best eye-rollingly stereotypical and at worst a racist assumption.
        It’s easy to point the finger at China on their animal rights record however maybe we should exercise a little introspection and consider how we get our own animal produce and the horrible abuses tied up in that.
        Anyway, it’s a fabulous look despite the fur.

      • It is what it is says:

        Thank you @tifygodess24 and @Imo . Yep, the dog and cat fur trade in China is very prevalent, legal and profitable. Not only have manufacturers been busted for it as Imo mentioned, dog and cat leather have been found in China made shoes sold here in the US. It’s not ok and saying it’s a great dress when it took lives to make is grotesque.

      • Kitten says:

        Well it could be seen as slightly racist if it was said only because the designer is Chinese..but hold on, Imma finish like Kanye:

        So yeah…sadly, the cat and dog fur trade in China is a real problem, with most of the fur that’s produced being sent to Russia, EU, and Canada.

        Millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned to death, often stole from homes, the street, or bred in commercial farms.

        However, the designer’s nationality shouldn’t factor into it. I think it’s a reasonable assumption to believe that ANY fashion designer who employs real animal fur in their clothing is quite likely using dog/cat fur, whether they are aware of it or not.

        But I’m glad that the OP brought this up, regardless of context because the Chinese fur trade is a real tragedy that needs to be talked about as often as possible.

      • KAI says:

        What about the fur trade in the rest of the world? Kitten mentions commercial farms. As horrible as it is, I don’t think China has cornered the market on commercial farms or cruelty to animals. How do you think the majority of mink, fox, rabbits, etc. are raised? Farm raised fox are electrocuted in the anus! Wild beavers, muskrats and mink are trapped in leg holds and are drowned. Baby seals are bludgeoned and skinned alive. Coyotes, wolves, fox, lynx are caught in leg traps and often suffer for days before the trapper returns. The fur trade needs to be talked about as often as possible, not just the Chinese fur trade.

      • Kitten says:

        Yes I completely agree KAI. It’s a world-wide problem, not exclusive to any particular country.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        There is a lot of animal fur that is played off as fake.

        For example, they will say it is “faux fox fur”…but it is really raccoon or dog, etc. It might not be real fox, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t from an animal. People buy “faux” it thinking it is just some kind of fuzzy cotton/polyester/etc. man made fabric, when really it is still coming from an animal.

      • Nymeria says:

        How is pointing out animal cruelty racist in any way, shape, or form? Holy cow, this is beyond political correctness and right on par with Nazi apologists.

      • Imo says:

        More importantly how can consumers know when fur is being used? How can we tell if it is animal or fiber? The best thing to do is avoid the entire look, right? Then we kill the demand and the ‘faux’ fur items being sold to people who want to copy the style.

      • Jib says:

        There have been many, many stories and pictures of China, Korea and Vietnam boiling dogs alive for food and skinning them alive for fur. Would you like me to send you some of these pictures?? They also roast puppies, holding them by the neck with a skewer. Seriously.

        It is NOT racist to point out that the fur on Rihanna’s ugly, absurd cape/dress/whatever could very well be dog fur.

      • Janet Planet says:

        The people answering on this thread who do not get that the first comment was racist should really try to put their views in context with what is happening in Baltimore right now.

    • lisa says:

      dead dog is all i thought when i saw it

      • Tig says:

        Hard to believe folks missed those articles re clothing being pulled from H&M/Topshop(?) when it shown that dog fur had been used instead of faux fur for the trim- that from a Chinese supplier. I certainly hope that wasn’t the case here!!

        Re her makeup- I thought the eyebrows were a bit questionable. Wonder if she just stood in one place the whole night once she got inside?

      • TeaAndSympathy says:

        Tig, there’s enough room under that costume to accommodate a small, comfy chair, so…

    • Tessy says:

      I hate it. Well, its pretty but its not clothing. As Scarlet O’Hara wore her curtains, Rihanna is wearing her bedspread.

      And I hope it isn’t real fur, dog or other but you’re probably right. I read how these giant Tibetan mastiffs were all the rage in China last year, selling for over a million dollars each. This year the bottom fell out of the market so they are just selling them for meat and fur. Ugh.

    • Tara says:

      I was going to say Rihanna looked great until I saw the fur. Everyone looks ugly in that kind of oblivious cruelty.

    • Kristina says:

      I’d love it if someone created the pizza meme image did one with dogs/cats or whatever animals she is wearing all around it. There is so much fur and that is so many dead animals.
      Fur is pretty, but the means of getting it onto clothing are awful.
      In this day and age there are incredible faux fur options and that would have been an amazing this to see. A BOLD stance.

    • Kaleigh Hylton says:

      Its fox fur, NOT dog fur, it’s about fifty pounds of Fox Fur, which makes me SO SAD. Rihanna why?!?!?! Foxes are skinned alive and tortured for this fur and they are so cute and innocent and we need them in our ecosystem. Really really disappointed in Rihanna. This is why I choose a plant based diet, the best diet anyone could have, if no health problems pursue.

  2. denisemich says:

    Rihanna was the best of the night. It was also made by a Chinese designer. But what was the pink dress underneath. You know she didn’t wear the yellow all night.

    • Lori says:

      Also her boobs? Did she get boltons or is that pink thingy a pushup of some sort?

    • ava7 says:

      I agree, I think she nailed it. And few women could have carried that off, and she’s just the one to do it! But I didn’t think the shoes or the necklace went with it.

      • Kimmy says:

        Rih wins again. It’s the MET gala….you are expected to go balls to the wall. I don’t understand the LACK of dressing for the theme?!

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        Amen to ava and Kimmy.

        I would like to publicly thank Rihanna for bringing it and going so fabulously with the theme instead of just being one of these lame mainstream sheeple celebrities that just show up in some dress and bring down the quality of the event to just another red carpet showing in California in the process. Thank you Rihanna for doing you because THAT right there is what this event was/is supposed to be all about. I truly and sincerely salute you for your greatness.

        #Metgalaballstothewall …it’s my new slogan for living!

      • sills says:

        +1 to all this. If you like dramatic dresses, then this is the night to put the pedal to the metal. Rihanna took them all to school.

      • Dena says:

        Loved it too.

      • Kimberly says:

        Yes – Ava, Kimmy and We Are All Made of Stars. I would like to thank the Bajan Queen for slaying the carpet for two years running. She brought it. She is one of the very few, who actually wore a Chinese designer. She told Leon Andre Tally that she researched Chinese couture and found this on the internet. She chose Guo Pei (the designer has two pieces in the exhibit) as the designer she wanted to wear. The cape (she said it was a dress) was handmade by one woman in China and took two years to make. Rhianna did not half step, or play it safe. She chose that piece of art herself. This event is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala not the Oscars or Golden Globes. It has a theme and the members of the Costume Institute want people to come full tilt. She did not disappoint. The designer herself said (quote from Vanity Fair article) “The focus and the attention paid to this dress will make it remembered by the world— I want is to make them remember. . . . It is my responsibility to let the world know China’s tradition and past, and to give the splendor of China a new expression. I hope that people do know China in this way.” Well she and Rhianna did that. That is what this event is supposed to do. Check out Vogue’s page for the Gala. The coverage is excellent.

      • Nancy says:

        Kimberly, what I remember are the animals killed (likely dogs) to quench Rihanna’s thirst for attention and notoriety. This is not culturally enlightening – it is stomach turning to millions of people.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      Best themed look of the night

    • Josephine says:

      I agree. She embraced the theme, she’s young, and everyone looks to her to push the line, and she did not disappoint. It’s supposed to be over the top. Too many people looked stale.

    • claire says:

      I saw a pic of full thing on a mannequin. It was in an article highlighting this designer. The cape was over top of a matching yellow dress. I was reallllly hoping that was what she had on underneath, and dying to see the dress but it looks like there’s pink popping out. Did any photos ever show up of what was underneath?!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I really loved this dress, I think the color and the statement are so fun. The headdress and the face look amazing.

      That being said, I don’t think it is the best of the night at all. There were a lot of dresses that had some amazing embroidery and use of color. While this is a huge statement, I am more impressed by the finer details on some other dresses.

    • Paleokifaru says:

      On Gofugyourself you can see the pink is the lining. I like it! Although I wondered if she was wearing anything underneath too I haven’t seen evidence. Must have been awkward once inside!

    • MtnRunner says:

      I thought she looked very regal in it. It certainly made the biggest splash, outside of the Nudity Trio, who may have been more memorable for all the wrong reasons.

      I liked it and I usually don’t like RiRi’s choices. She looked classy in her cozy, lemon-y robe. I big her bonus points for the pink lining. The whole thing made me happy.

      • Kimberly says:

        @Nancy. The coat was from the designers 2010 collection. It was not made specifically for Rihanna. I stated she CHOSE the piece to wear. I did not say she had the piece commissioned. Also please send me a legitimate link that states that the fur was real and it was dog fur. I like to be well informed before I comment. Thank you.

  3. sam says:

    Rihanna does what Beyonce thinks she’s doing. Being original and daring.

    • Nikki says:


      Beyonce has no style. She has a stylist. She never looks comfortable in her clothes, and somehow always looks like she practiced her poses before leaving the house.

      Even when I hate what Rihanna is wearing, she always manages to pull it off.

      • Nebby says:

        Nikki adding Beyonce into a thread about Rihanna only to diss her is exactly putting her down. Bey never claimed to be a fashion icon, she sticks to what she likes and its obvious.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        I agree with Sam and Nikki. Rihanna has the devil-may-care cool to get away with anything. Love her or loathe her, Beyonce always looks like her searching eyes looked up at her pageant mother/stylist/whatever and put the clothes on her body that she was told to wear. More than anything, I think she’s stale because she literally looks the same every. damned. time. Heck, even Taylor Swift figured out that she should change after every eight years or so.

      • Imo says:

        Interesting. I think you’ve made a good point here.

    • Nebby says:

      There’s no reason to put one down in order to lift the other up.

      • Nikki says:

        Not about putting Bey down. Bey tried this crazy train idea a couple of years ago. Beyonce is like Kim Kardashian in this way. They spend so much effort looking fashionable, but it’s never organic. So it rarely works.

      • AlmondJoy says:

        Thank you, Nebby. Exactly. They are two very different women with very different styles. No need to compare them.

      • Amy says:

        Lol, it always becomes a big Stan thing so I funny enough hold my breath when I see someone write any variation of, “Yeah Riri did this but Beyoncé does it so much better/worse”

        Those two are a minefield of Internet battles.

      • Chichi says:


        Ofcourse there is. Dont you know theres only room for one black woman at the top. Notice how neither Rihanna or Beyonce are gauged against their white peers? Now visit the posts on white girls and tell me how many are being compared to each other. Janet/Whitney, Tyra/Naomi, Diana Ross/ Tina Turner, Beyonce/Rihanna. Choose one, heaven forbid we should have more than one fabulous black woman killing it. Sick of the banal racism and the fact that some of the time this mentality is actually being unquestioningly pushed by women of color.

        Powers that be, the frocks are very nice but could we have a post about Jeremy Renner, that pocket sized dbag is at again.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        You’d think a better comparison would be Gaga or Perry, who also did a “big” visual statement like Rhianna. I think comparing Beyoncé to JLO and KK makes more sense, because their dresses are stylistically similar.

        No matter what, I think there are a billion variations of what is beautiful and interesting, and we aren’t limited to appreciating one at a time.

      • Amy says:


        You know I gotta say you bring up a good point. There were a lot of people closer to Rihanna’s age with styles more similar to hers that could have been compared but it’s always Rihanna vs. Beyoncé.

        Even if they’re wearing two completely different things. Food for thought, why don’t we see more comparisons to other white girls? Is it because on some level we never consider them to be in the same league?

    • Dena says:

      I agree Sam. To “out” myself I am Riri fan. Beyoncé does nothing for me. To me, where Beyoncé is talented, her look & performances seem too studied, deliberate, practiced, try-hard & controlled. There doesn’t seem to ever be any flow. Even the spontaneity looks/feels/seems controlled. J Lo IMO suffers from this same problem. To me, they try hard to package & bottle what Riri has naturally: verve, a certain extroverted energy, spontaneity, mystery & surprise. That’s not to say that Beyoncé & J, Lo aren’t talented & compelling women but they have to work for what she has naturally.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    Ugh to the fur. Beyond that, it’s a crazy statement piece that probably only she or SJP could get away with.

    • Loulou says:

      Do we know if it’s real fur?? Hopefully not. But I do love that out of a sea of boring starlets, Riri brought the DRAMA

      • LadyMTL says:

        Yeah, I hope it’s faux fur but that aside, I really like this look. The MET Gala is when you go nuts, go big, and really make a statement, and I think Rihanna nailed it.

      • Brittney B says:

        I really, really hope it’s faux fur… has she ever worn real fur before?

      • Jag says:

        Yes, she wears real fur without apology.

        Considering this is from a Chinese designer, my guess is that it’s real.

        I love the cape but hate the fur and dislike the headpiece. A different headpiece would be fine. I do love the drama she brought, but wish it could be done without killing animals for it.

      • Kitten says:

        It’s real fur. It’s from his 2010 collection. If it wasn’t real, they would specify in the description.

        That fur looks like dyed raccoon dog fur to me.

      • Bobo says:

        @Jag What do you mean “Considering this is from a Chinese designer”?

  5. Naddie says:

    They all look amazing except from Rita Ora. And Rihanna has the prettiest face I ever seen, she’s perfect.

  6. Allie says:

    I hate when people ignore the theme. This is an event in which it’s fine to go dramatic. I loved Rihanna and SJP. I’m so bored over the simple dresses, where’s the fun in that?!

    • L&Mmommy says:

      Yeah I hate when they not only ignore the theme but also wear the most boring a** dress. It’s like why did you even bother to come if you’re not game? I mean look at Gabby, so bleh.

      • ann says:

        Gabbys dress looks like something I’d wear to someone’s wedding, not the Met Gala. Absolute bleh

  7. Franca says:

    Selena looks off, and I can’t put my finger on it.

    As for Rihanna, SJP did over the top better.

    • silvermistie says:

      she looks uncomfortable I think

      • ann says:

        I’d be uncomfortable too if 3 people needed to carry my dress up the stairs just for this. Overkill

      • Imo says:

        Agree, i’m in the minority here but I thought the dress was wearing her. But the face and headpiece? Pure 1920′s Shanghai perfection!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Her face looks different to me.

    • Lama Bean says:

      I think it’s Selena’s weight gain showing in her face. It just looks very different than the Selena we have seen in the past. Face is much rounder and fuller like a cherub.

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Rihanna for the win. Amazing. And she’s ahead of the crowd by not wearing yet another nude but not nude boring number.

    • Snazzy says:

      I love the headpiece. the train does make me want some scrambled eggs with cheese tho …

    • Kiddo says:

      I hate the color. Harrible harrible yellow. Can’t even examine the dress. But I will say that there were some lush deeply saturated hues last night. I think Gabrielle Union’s dress may not be costumey enough for the event, but THAT COLOR is stunning.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        The color has significance in Chinese culture. It used to be the color of the Emperor, much the way that purple was the color of the elite in the West in ancient times.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        It’s not my favorite color on me, but I don’t mind it on her. I also don’t like fur, but I didn’t notice it (what with everything else going on with that dress) before I commented.

      • Kiddo says:

        We Are All Made of Stars, I still hate it. And I especially don’t like it with the red hair.

    • claire says:

      Yeah, apparently some ladies thought the theme was ‘nude and bejazzled.’

    • I Choose Me says:

      Not a fan of the yellow or the fact that it seems to be fur but she BROUGHT IT in typical Riri style.

  9. MelissaManifesto says:

    All Selena was missing was a feather fan, she looks more like a flamingo dancer.

    • MadMenluv says:

      You mean a Flamenco dancer right? I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as a flamingo dancer lol

  10. Anastasia says:

    Her hair is just flipped, I think. What makes it reverse-flipped?

    I, too, want to know what that pink is underneath. And what that yellow fur is made of.

  11. capepopsie says:

    Riri´s outfit looks a lot like my new gown, except for the trail
    and the embroidering.
    Same colour and very, very softish. . .

  12. LAK says:

    I LURVE Rihanna’s gown.

    Rita Ora’s gown looks like an archive Tom Ford for YSL gown ( Fall 2004 collection that was Chinese inspired).

    Serena looks blah and forgettable.

    I like the colour of Gabrielle’s dress.

  13. jen2 says:

    Overkill–absolutely, but she wore an on theme statement dress/cape and highlighted a Chinese designer. It must have weighed a ton, but at least she is covered up. Her’s is also a look at me creation, but at least on theme.

    • QQ says:

      Overkill and On Purpose …amazing!! She stays giving moments!! Bingbing for me and Then Her

    • Lama Bean says:

      I love love love the fact that Rih went all out and that she actually featured a Chinese designer. It’s over the top but not naked, exactly what the Met is supposed to be. Not my taste, but she nailed it.

  14. Kaley says:

    Rihanna killed it. This is so much fun.

    • Brittney B says:

      Speaking of killing it… I hope multiple animals weren’t killed to make it.

    • tracking says:

      yes on both counts. love that she brought the drama, but hope it’s faux fur

  15. lisa says:

    Rihanna took the theme and ran with it. I thought she looked great.
    Rita Or a looked really good also.
    Gabrielle Union fit the theme in a more understated manner with a long sleeve high neck dress. The color of the dress and the gold accents pull the look and theme together.

  16. Alice D says:

    Rihanna’s dress is great – fabulously over-the-top, in a good way.

  17. Tifygodess24 says:

    Sorry I want to love it but it just reminds me of a muppet. They skinned a poor muppet to make this dress.

  18. Jayna says:

    I applaud the drama of it all, and with that rich color, it really must have been spectacular in person to see coming down the runway. And she embraced the theme in a big way for the Met Ball . Thumbs up for Rihanna.

  19. Dhavynia says:

    Beyonce should take a look a this and learn that being almost naked does not equal elegance and sexiness

    Love Rihanna for showing that you can be covered and still be sexy. This is a gala not a freaking music video!

    • JENNA says:

      Rihanna often wears revealing clothes actually.

      • Dhavynia says:

        Agree, but most of the time she doesn’t make it look cheap or try hard like the others

      • Amy says:

        Agree to disagree, I often think cheap and try-hard on her daily clothing offerings where she’s showing skin but this is gorgeous.

  20. LDUB says:

    Makeup reminds me kinda of anime.
    Riri always ups the fashion ante wether it worked or not is up for debate which in itself makes her a game changer.

  21. tx_ava says:

    selena’s face looks really strange here. not ugly just strange. maybe bloated or something but she’s not at all fat so idk it’s just weird

  22. Sisi says:

    yesterday I said I was hoping for some Chinese design imput, and I’m so glad that Rihanna went for such a collaboration! That hair and headdress looks amazing on her. And the embroidery is spectacular. I love it all except for the abundance of fur, the stange pushed boobs and perhaps the eyebrows. While they do look good on her, it’s bordering on caricature.

  23. Cannibell says:

    Not a fan of Rihanna the human being (based on what any of us have read out there) but I do love to see what she’s wearing. Her fashion sense has evolved to the point where she has a real vocabulary, and that dress is Exhibit A. Politically incorrect material aside, it’s the perfect look for that occasion. Well played.

    • Nancy says:

      Besides from wearing fur, which I despise, I wish she would just go away. She is minimally more alerted than the talentless Kardashians, and as big an attention whore. I feel like I was watching the destruction of civilization with most of these women last nigh.

  24. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    I like Selena Gomez’s styling. Very pretty make-up and I like the flowers in her hair. The dress details are theme appropriate as well but I agree about the unnecessary front cutout.

  25. GlimmerBunny says:


  26. Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

    I heard Kmart will be bringing out a budget version of this outfit.

  27. Q says:

    Whoever did Rihanna’s makeup is an AR-TIST!

  28. celine says:

    Rihanna brought it home!! My God not only is she exquisitely gorgeous, but she effectively killed the competition. Beyonce only wished with the I dream of Jeannie hair.

  29. JENNA says:

    Rihanna’s dress seems to be a coat actually, but I really like it. Tom Ford is a fraud, I don’t understand why he’s such a big deal.

  30. Dawn says:

    I don’t see any one who is fitting in with the theme. Rihanna looks like she is wearing Big Bird’s cape but her makeup is nice and the rest look like they could be going to any old Hollywood event.

    • claire says:

      Well, it’s a Chinese designer who is known for making these extravagant dresses that take years to make. This cape she’s wearing (there’s a dress that goes with it) in particular took 2 years to make. It’s also a designer who is featured in the MET right now. And the color also holds significance in China. So she was probably one of the most themed of the night, considering.

  31. IcyBlue says:

    She is perfection Ri has versatility in style from here to infinity and beautiful expressive face. Fashion is rarely boring or predictable with her.

  32. Ally8 says:

    Rihanna: awful. This looks like a nacho cheese spill accident. With fur.

  33. serena says:

    Gorgeous. Also appreciate the make-up and eyebrows -themed!
    But it would be flat-out terrible on another one.

  34. Shawna says:

    perfection!!!!! she stuck to the theme and had an actual Chinese designer.

  35. Nikki says:

    It’s the Met gala: where else can you go bonkers with drama?! A+ to Rihanna, as long as it’s fake fur!

  36. HiHeyHelllo says:

    Why does Beyonce’s name have to be involved with this? She is not Rihanna. Hope it’s not because they’re both women of color.

    Rihanna looks amazing. She knows what the Met Gala is all about and she embraces that. This is about drama and theatre. If you’re not going to bring it then stay your behind at home.

  37. Lilacflowers says:

    Is Rihanna actually wearing a dress? She looks like she has wrapped herself in a rug – a gorgeous, bold statement of a rug, but a rug.

  38. L&Mmommy says:

    I love how Rih stuck to the theme and brought The Drama. One think I kept noticing in the pics, she does not seem her usual happy and sultry self, in some pics she looks like she had been crying before the carpet or something.

    • judy says:

      Maybe she was crying because Leonardo wasn’t with her

    • Question now says:

      Yep, she seems to be a bit sad lately and the sadness is somewhat hidden behind. The more bubbly parts of her personality seem to be gone. Perhaps those rumours about her and Leo are true after all.

  39. Eleonor says:

    I have to give her credit for this: she can wear a dress like that and owining it.

  40. lenje says:

    Her make up is perfect. The eyebrows are spot on.

  41. Kate says:

    Love it. Rhianna’s one of the only women in the world who could wear such an OTT design and not be lost in the drama of it. She’s wearing the hell out of it, it’s not wearing her.

  42. ruiz says:

    The theme of MET Gala was very ironical.
    Chinese guests did not have presence at all,
    and nobody paid attention to them.
    The attractive Asian man, Ken Watanabe and Cary Fukunaga are Japanese both.
    We were waiting for beautiful Lucy Liu, but she did not appear. Her parents came from Taiwan. China does not recognize Taiwan now as an independent nation.

    The dress which celebrities wore, was inspired by the gorgeous Manchurian royal clothes. The Manchurian formed early modern Chinese culture.
    The Han’s clothes are only tactless Mao suit. Symbol of holocaust and the oppression. Why did nobody wear it?

    • Amy says:

      It’s a shame no focus was given to Chinese designers both in media coverage and in what people wore to the event. I suppose on some level this is why people weren’t initially happy when they heard the theme. It wasn’t really ‘honored’.

  43. OhDear says:

    I thought Rihanna’s look was awesome (and I like the color – it’s meant to invoke either gold or imperial yellow). Rita Ora’s look was also nice and theme-appropriate.

  44. Lucy says:

    They all looked good. Then there was Ri. To say she absolutely nailed it is a massive understatement. And it was a Chinese designer!!!

  45. AlmondJoy says:

    It’s not my favorite look from her, but I expected something over the top and she definitely brought it! I love the risks she takes.

  46. Other Kitty says:

    That dress is AWESOME! I love everything about it. This is what wearing art looks like. And I love the headpiece. SJP and Rihanna made the night!!!

  47. Adrien says:

    Overkill and I love it. She got the theme.

  48. Fay says:

    NO, Rihanna’s dress is hideous. She looks like an idiot. No, Rihanna can’t pull off anything (an absurd idea that some people, including the writer of this article, seem to think for some reason). Her career is going downhill (just look at her latest song flops), so she needs some way to keep people talking about her.

    • Sally J. Freedman says:

      What!? She looks amazing. And I’m not even a fan of hers . Lots of anger in your statement. She doesn’t look like an idiot. What do you even mean by that? Her outfit is gorgeous. Did anyone else look at the detail on the train? Stunning.

    • Question now says:

      @ Fay

      I tend to agree. Though her chinese bedspread clutch-tightly dress is fabulous in its artful making it just doesn’t do as a dress for Riri. She really looks as if she got out of bed with her bedspread wrapped around her and then went to the MET.

      She seems to be somewhat unhappy lately.

  49. Bishg says:

    Is Gabrielle Union suddenly morphing into Michael Jackson?

  50. Ennie says:

    Love Rihanna’s dress really. About B and KK… No words. Having a OK body (B, KK is too stumpy to pull off these looks) does not mean to undress it at every chance. I have not seen the other dresses enough to comment on them.

  51. A mascarada says:

    Winner of the night for me. Gorgeous.
    Also loved Amal and Sienna Miller.

  52. Mimz says:

    I think Riri went all in and it paid off. Memes and all.
    She’s amazing.

    And I really liked Rita’s dress. It’s stunning.

    That’s all.

  53. Honeybea says:

    I scrolled a bit to quickly and thought Gabrielle Union was Michael Jackson…now I can’t unsee it!!

  54. bns says:

    My bae shuttin it down yet again

  55. Cynthia says:

    Rihanna is stylish in the literal sense. Always making bold and daring choices and killing it.

  56. Vizia says:

    2 things:

    I think this is a coat, not her dress–photos inside show her without the coat.

    Why did no one wear NE Tiger to this event?


  57. Lola says:

    Ok, just so I can be clear, Rihanna is wearing just a coat, right?

  58. Carmen says:

    Some broke a truckload of eggs all over the staircase and made an omelet.

  59. NeoCleo says:

    Whatever it is made from, Rihanna’s gown is ugly. Too loud, too yellow, too much.

  60. A.Key says:

    She pulls it off!

  61. jwoolman says:

    Ditch the dubious fur and cut it down to a dress she could visit the toilet in without help, and it would work very nicely. Don’t designers even think of that problem? Or do they hide urinary catheters in there somewhere?

    • Jayna says:

      That is actually a coat. There was a very ornate gown also designed with the coat. She wore the coat as her gown.

  62. feebee says:

    Totally OTT, so in other words PERFECT for the event. Of course she had to turn up late, how the hell would she get up the stairs with people on them?!

  63. Lindsey says:

    If it’s wrong that I like this, then. . .oh well, I like this. Rihanna can pull off just about anything, lucky girl!

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  65. Dante says:

    It must be tough to show up at an event like this knowing RiRi will be there. Everyone else tried, she blew down the damn doors.

  66. TOPgirl says:

    Her dress looks beautiful along with the head piece. Much better than some other celebs.

  67. Amy says:

    I’d like it more if it was shorter but overall I like all of it. I also actually really like her makeup, she did what Gaga tried to do without looking like a painful irony.

  68. Delores Smile says:

    Wheww! Somebody should have told Rhianna she can’t keep down a dozen scrambled eggs. Oh. Puke puke.

  69. The Original G says:

    This dress is ridiculous and yet fabulous. Good for RiRi!

  70. Question now says:

    Jesus, she looked as if she grabbed her chinese bedspread and clutched it tightly and went the the MET gala.

    Sorry, nope, don’t like it. I start thinking she is only really good at dressing up and her singing somewhat fades into the big nothing.

    Riri doesn’t look happy lately. There seems to be some sadness hidden behind. Anybody noticed?

  71. Delores Smile says:

    JIB. I didn’t know. I too will view the world as prohibiting fur fron Asia. The English language doesn’t have words strong enough to express my horror; because I can’t find the words of love strong enough to acknowledge my love for my dog Hobow and service dogs and hero dogs. I don’t get deep except for dogs. My vet calls them “God’s gentle companions”. I’m so sorry for acts of evil I hope the fur is fake but thanks for your brains. Just in case Rhianna doesn’t know either. Keep talkin.

  72. gab says:

    Awful fur. Disgusting. I’ve seen the dress which was created for that robe,and it was way better than what she wore.

  73. KBeth says:

    That yellow monstrosity is just absurd. Hair, makeup & jewelry are really lovely.

  74. Miran says:

    Maybe I’m just being overly sensitive as an asian person but I’m sort of side eyeing this years theme. It sort of screams white people wearing cheongsams.