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Runway To 2010 Grammy Awards – Rihanna In Elie Saab Couture

Rihanna walked the red carpet at the 2010 Grammy Awards wearing a look made by favourite designer.

I wouldn’t have considered this Elie Saab Fall 2009 Couture gown for Grammy’s, but the RiRi’s hair takes his look in another direction.

The white high neck, open back gown has chiffon appliqué and feather detailing on the bodice and is gathered on the hips which added a lot of shape to her gown.

I’m sure – as with everything RiRi wears – this will create a love/hate divide.

I’m on the love side. What say you?

Credit: Style.com & Wireimage

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48 Responses to Runway To 2010 Grammy Awards – Rihanna In Elie Saab Couture

  1. Laura February 1, 2010 at 03:08 #

    I’m on the love side. My only issue with the look is the complete lack of neck that the dress gives Rihanna. But I think the white looks lovely.

  2. mm February 1, 2010 at 03:08 #

    Love it! Shoulders gives it a masculine feel but the rest of the dress is very feminine, which suits Rihanna’s current look

  3. 44 February 1, 2010 at 03:08 #

    Love it all… dress, hair and makeup

  4. MEME February 1, 2010 at 03:09 #

    I was definately suprised that Rihanna decided to go wit’ an Elie Saab piece…. to be honest…. his clothes do not fit into her “image”…. but I have seen her in Georges Chakra before……. but this dress…. combined wit’ Rihanna’s hairdo gives me Prince vibes….. and I would’ve edited the neck area………

    • Fashion Critic February 1, 2010 at 09:35 #

      Prince….Yes I was thinking she reminded me of someone

  5. joshua February 1, 2010 at 03:11 #

    Amazing ! love this hair , i she have the black hair this would be perfection ! that’s strange but this look totally work like tomorow with the victor and rolf dress .

  6. Kelly February 1, 2010 at 03:13 #

    This is absolutely flawless. She hasn’t looked this good in ages. For once it seems like she isn’t trying to hard and shows off how gorgeous she truly is.

  7. justme February 1, 2010 at 03:14 #

    I’m sure a lot of people will love it but that is definitely not Elie Saab’s greatest creations.
    The feathers and the hair gives me a strong bird vibe. Maybe she should’ve slicked her hair back, I don’t know.

  8. J February 1, 2010 at 03:25 #


  9. ally February 1, 2010 at 03:29 #

    fashion critic-i always like to try and find out if the person is wearing the runway sample when you post runway to red carpet–do you think thats the case for riri? shes worn some runway samples before..

    • Fashion Critic February 1, 2010 at 09:29 #

      I would say it’s a sample as it’s couture as these pieces cost thousands to make.

  10. art February 1, 2010 at 03:45 #

    loveeeeeeeeeeeee riri!

  11. Yaas February 1, 2010 at 03:57 #

    I saw her on TV, the dress was so fab and feminine, and I can’t remember her shoes, but I think I liked them more than the runway’s. I’m totally on love side for the outfit, about her hair, I don’t know, it’s Rihanna anyway!

  12. Crazyfashionaddict February 1, 2010 at 03:59 #

    I love it! It’s chic and simple , very elegant…O.T. Can I just say how obsessed I am with this damned site, It’s driving me crazy, my computer was acting up , and I was like… come on, come on, Then – when I didn’t see any of the looks from the carpet, I was saying to myself ,come on F.C, Come on….

    • Fashion Critic February 1, 2010 at 09:28 #

      my server is quite slow, so that might be the issue sorry x

  13. VITOR February 1, 2010 at 04:02 #

    Y LOVE YOU! *—-*

  14. lara February 1, 2010 at 04:16 #

    ditto on the love side!

  15. Hersi February 1, 2010 at 04:19 #

    the dress is gorgeous and she wears it beautifully
    i just cant get past that haircut!!!

  16. Natalie February 1, 2010 at 04:21 #


  17. mol February 1, 2010 at 04:23 #

    That pouf of hair on top along with the poufy collar – that distracts, and the shoulder and armholes don’t seem perfectly fitted – nice try though, not an overcooked look (as in the past), just not quite right for me.

  18. Alfredo February 1, 2010 at 05:03 #

    I don’t like it on her, I just don’t associate Rhianna and Elie Saab. If The Neck part was a bit lower it would be better as well as a different hairstyle/color. I do love the shape of the skirt.

  19. ben February 1, 2010 at 05:11 #

    the best she has ever looked in my opinion, i am in shock. call the doctor to stitch my jaw back up, please!

  20. misskeri February 1, 2010 at 05:20 #

    Love, love, love. She looks stunning!

  21. Claire Kelly February 1, 2010 at 05:22 #

    I don’t hate the look, but something is off.

    I’m not sure about the lower half of the gown. On the model it seems really light, probably because the model is in motion. Maybe a pencil length skirt would have been a better balance.

  22. DrmKpr February 1, 2010 at 06:21 #

    i freaking loved the dress!!!!!!!!!! while i’m not entirely crazy about the draping on the hip ms. fenty worked out in this dress…. the white looked beautiful against her skin…. she stole the show and was my best dressed of the night…

  23. Elisa February 1, 2010 at 06:57 #

    Normally I am not too keen on Rihanna’s choice, because I really feel that sometimes she tries so hard that it shows.
    But this time I am blown away – it is effortlessly chic, and somehow she doesn’t look overdressed, even though it is a big look to pull off at the Grammy’s.
    Well done, RiRi.

  24. shubby doo February 1, 2010 at 07:54 #

    Personally I love it. FC please keep this under consideration for BDOTW. Cheers

  25. Sol February 1, 2010 at 07:56 #

    I’m loving that she is moving towards more softer and feminine approach of her usual edgy wear, it looks pretty and still interesting.
    Hair… ah, at this point I would rather see her bold, then with that monster.

  26. nicole February 1, 2010 at 08:11 #

    ignoring the hair which i hate as usual. the look doesnt wow me at all

  27. wilwarin February 1, 2010 at 08:14 #

    i love it, white looks good on her and the dress fits her style…

  28. jared February 1, 2010 at 08:14 #

    definitely loving this look. she was one of my best dressed of the night.

  29. Annie February 1, 2010 at 08:18 #

    Rihanna owned the night in this Elie Saab dress!!! She looked absolutely stunning!!! Rihanna’s make-up and eye lashes were flawless!!! I am getting goosebumps just looking at her; she’s just soooo beautifully, iconic, and statue-isk in this photo!!! Just gorgeous!!!

  30. Louise February 1, 2010 at 08:22 #

    Love. This leaves me breathless. She looks stunning.

  31. Dana Yartin February 1, 2010 at 08:28 #

    Definetely LOVE!!!

  32. Maddy February 1, 2010 at 08:34 #

    After the Victor & Rolf ensamble, I expected everything, but this.
    Rihanna look, dare I say, classy on the red carpet. She almost reminds me of Mary J Blige. The upper part of the dress may be a little too much, but I can’t help but love this look!
    Bravo Rihanna!

  33. robbie February 1, 2010 at 08:59 #

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE finally she seems to be ditching that terrible “edgy” style and going for a bit of a softer edgy.

  34. Jasmine February 1, 2010 at 09:24 #

    Definitely the love side. Love the drape of the skirt on the hips particularly – conversely to some other commenters.

  35. B February 1, 2010 at 09:51 #

    Absolutely LOVE.

  36. nicky February 1, 2010 at 10:39 #

    i think the dress itself is stunning on rihanna. but my goodness, please fix your hair rihanna! i really dont like tht look. otherwise, everything is good!

  37. Nikki February 1, 2010 at 10:45 #

    I love the dress and it’s absolutely gorgeous, except for the neckline. I realize that turtlenecks or high necklines are unflattering and does nothing for anyone. I wish she had modified this a because, again, it looks like she’s drowning in her dress (especially because of the feathers).

  38. Shoshanna February 1, 2010 at 11:04 #

    Elie Saab is actually one of my least favourite designers, but I actually like Rihanna here. Go figure.

  39. JJ February 1, 2010 at 16:01 #

    Love it. Would have loved it more in someone with more curves, but she manages to wear it instead of the dress wearing her. I love your site FC. Keeps me up to date with the red carpet all the way from here.

    • Fashion Critic February 1, 2010 at 18:48 #

      you’re very welcome

  40. Chiara February 1, 2010 at 16:28 #

    I like it but I’m not really impressed.

  41. Sheena February 1, 2010 at 17:33 #

    I think on someone else it may have looked OTT…but she can actually pull it off!

  42. MEME February 1, 2010 at 19:18 #

    Saab is your favorite designer too???…. We are like Fashion twins or something….

  43. P. February 2, 2010 at 03:16 #

    Does Rihanna inspire in Mary J. Blige’s hair ???

    ignoring the hair which I Ihate as usual, the look doesn’t wow me at all. [2]

    I hate this gown, actually!

  44. zjl February 2, 2010 at 03:55 #


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