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Rihanna In Adam Selman – 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Rihanna In Adam Selman - 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Rihanna of course had to make the biggest splash while attending the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on Monday (June 2) in New York City as she was honoured with the Fashion Icon Award, much to the bewilderment of most.

The singer, who’s never been shy of showing off her areolas, wore a custom Adam Selman fishnet dress styled with a matching headscarf and gloves, which are all accented with over 200,000 Swarovski crystals.

Her dazzling look was also styled with a pink fur shrug, plus additional jewels courtesy of Jacob and Co.

I have to say I kinda loved it until I got to the back. Areolas are one thing, but bare butt cheeks? Really Ri Ri? What’s next – total nakedness?

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103 Responses to Rihanna In Adam Selman – 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

  1. Appu June 3, 2014 at 10:38 #

    They might have reconsidered giving her the award after seeing this lol

    • Magdalena June 3, 2014 at 19:30 #

      How about no, i’d say quite the opposite. This just cemented her icon status.

  2. Alina June 3, 2014 at 10:38 #

    Who let her in?

    • CreoleLady June 3, 2014 at 14:38 #

      Lol, esp Appu’s and Alina’s comments. She’s giving good face but the rest can be taken back to the red light district where it belongs.

      • KC June 4, 2014 at 00:37 #


      • Noemi June 4, 2014 at 15:13 #

        I agree. I wonder who’s gonna be the next icon, at this point I bet on Kardashian or Cyrus.

      • JJ June 5, 2014 at 17:55 #

        And that’s why David Grohl calls these singers ‘stripper pop.’ Next, she’ll probably just show up naked.

  3. Yeliz June 3, 2014 at 10:38 #

    Oh my god, this is a total disaster in my eyes. I hate this look.

  4. Charlotte June 3, 2014 at 10:39 #

    It’s ridiculous !
    She could have gone naked, it would have looked better !

  5. Marcel June 3, 2014 at 10:41 #

    Despite the fact that I can’t stand this woman, think she isn’t a singer but just a sick attention seeker , the fact that I am more than tired of the sheerness trend and knowing that one day I will regret my words I must admit : I think she looks fantastic. Stunning.
    The only person who could wear it at the most appropriate occasion.
    I am absolutely mesmerized. She looks a goddess. There. I said. Still can’t believe I uttered these words.

  6. Christine June 3, 2014 at 10:52 #

    She is pretty much naked.

    She is a gorgeous women but this is crazy

  7. Gemma June 3, 2014 at 10:56 #

    HATE the dress/situation. Incredible face.

  8. Giras June 3, 2014 at 11:00 #

    I think she looks fantastic! I love this look so much.

    But again, I understand why people will loathe this look. She’s always a divisive fashion icon. Where Lady Gaga is probably the Tim Burton of fashion world, she’s more like the Lars von Trier of the fashion world. :)

    • Luvergrrl June 3, 2014 at 20:25 #

      Haha, good point! Sexy sexy explicit sex! More Michael Bay than Lars, maybe: big, brash, noisy, high budget, over the top!

  9. Martin June 3, 2014 at 11:09 #

    Flapper? Showgirl? Stripper?

    Oh, and “Icon”?

    There are almost no words for this level of bad taste.

  10. helene June 3, 2014 at 11:19 #

    Worst dress of the year (even maybe even of the decade)!!! This should be forbidden….

  11. Lucy June 3, 2014 at 11:30 #

    Channeling Josephine Baker, I love it.

    • Eimear O'Connor June 3, 2014 at 22:33 #

      Exactly! Its RIHdiculously beautiful…! That body…. jesus. And the craftsmanship of like 200,000 diamonds is incredible!

    • kane June 4, 2014 at 10:20 #

      Yeah, I can see what she did there. And yet, I think I would like this more if it wasn’t Rihanna. It’s not that I don’t like Rihanna, it’s just hard to separate from her usual cheap and tacky style and place it firmly as a reference to Josephine Baker.

      • Sleepless in Chicago June 4, 2014 at 11:04 #

        I hate that this look is associated with Josephine Baker who was a legend, a fighter, and had an icredible presence and talent. She went with risque but always in the right context and never in bad taste.

  12. Carol June 3, 2014 at 11:42 #

    Emperors new clothes

  13. Rye June 3, 2014 at 11:50 #

    Go to the strip club, Riri, this look belongs there.

  14. Ben June 3, 2014 at 11:54 #

    I think she actually looks amazing! There’s something so bad-ass about accepting a Fashion Icon award wearing close to nothing.

    • Marcel June 3, 2014 at 17:09 #

      + 1. and I am not even a fan of hers.

    • oksana June 3, 2014 at 20:15 #

      Totally agree with phrasing “being a badass when she is almost naked”

    • Luvergrrl June 3, 2014 at 20:41 #

      +1! Your comment nails it!

    • Saree June 4, 2014 at 00:15 #

      I like the front, but have to agree with FC about the rear. But I do also agree with you, Ri is someone who pushes the boundaries and really just takes control of herself.

      A lot of the time it’s kinda, roll your eyes, but sometimes it just works. If she had covered her rear, this would be a great look IMO. Nothing screams confidence in a woman when they can wear something exposing their breasts and still look elegant. I’m all for changing the attitudes towards women’s breasts: if men can, women can too. They don’t have to be sexual organs!
      Sadly, not even guys show off their ass, cause even that is distasteful.

  15. Valissa June 3, 2014 at 12:03 #

    I’m sorry, I’m not a prude but this is ridiculous! It’s not fashionable or stylish or fashion-forward…it’s a desperate attempt for attention.
    The fact that she accepted an award for being a “fashion icon” while wearing this is a travesty!!

    • JJ June 5, 2014 at 17:56 #

      Agree. Desperate attention seeker just like Miley.

  16. DGP June 3, 2014 at 12:16 #

    She won the night. Unforgettable. Newsworthy. Great for the designer, too! To design that beautiful gown and then have the perfect model wear it at the perfect event. A dream! I admire Rihanna’s fearlessness. Cover up, for what.

    • glyc87 June 3, 2014 at 14:40 #

      +1,if Kim Kardashian showed up in this, it would be trashy on a whole different level, on Rihanna, it makes sense. Badass is the word!

      • glyc87 June 3, 2014 at 14:44 #

        Oh, this is BDOTY for me.

        • oksana June 3, 2014 at 20:16 #

          +1 For me too

  17. Rebecca June 3, 2014 at 12:17 #

    Some people can pull off near nakedness.. But this this just tasteless and tacky and the front runner for the worst dressed of the year.. To add insult to injury… She wore thus to recieve a fashion icon award! Seriously?

    • Sleepless in Chicago June 4, 2014 at 10:59 #

      Shame to the ones giving an award for this. The thing I hate the most from this look is her face – so full of herself.

  18. Dani June 3, 2014 at 12:21 #

    At least you can see in one of the shots here that she is wearing a thong. I can’t imagine how annoying it would have been to hold that stole perfectly all night! And yeah – it’s too much – but I do reluctantly ahve to admit she looks pretty good *considering*.

  19. annette June 3, 2014 at 12:22 #

    I’m pretty sure she had to strategically hold her fur shrug in front of her crotch all night long otherwise we’d get a look at ALL of Rihanna as opposed to 95% of her.

  20. Kat June 3, 2014 at 12:28 #

    I like the vintage vibe of the whole ensemble, it would have been a great look on her. Sadly it’s pretty much ruined by the decision to take inspiration from ‘The Peasant’s Wise Daughter’.

  21. Nat June 3, 2014 at 12:37 #

    She is a risk taker and yet again it pays off.. That’s what fashion is about, she could’ve worn a predictable Givenchy couture look but instead she went with a custom dress by a hardly known designer. She deserved that award congrats to her!!

  22. Chanel June 3, 2014 at 12:39 #

    Yikes. There are hardly any clothes to comment on!

    • Sleepless in Chicago June 4, 2014 at 11:07 #

      There is a difference berween good taste and no taste. There is a difference between a power of suggestion and displaying it all in the open. Ouch!

  23. CD June 3, 2014 at 12:40 #

    I like it because she hasn’t felt badgered into something conservative, real hot… this is like my bdoty

  24. anjos June 3, 2014 at 13:04 #

    This is actually VERY 80s. The fact that people these days have a problem with this kind of stuff just shows that the world went back down the conservative road in the last few years.

    • great June 3, 2014 at 15:36 #

      it’s like she is honouring Whitney Houston and Madonna without copying them or losing herself.

  25. Louise June 3, 2014 at 13:11 #

    RiRi can wear anything I reckon. She’s got IT. And what a great (non)dress to accept a style award in. I wouldn’t wear it in a million years but I think that is kind of the point.
    Her face is perfection.

  26. dee June 3, 2014 at 13:14 #

    Why isn’t this considered indecent exposure? This is not sexy or fashion forward. This is tacky beyond belief.

    • Tracy L June 3, 2014 at 20:57 #

      I was wondering that too.
      I mean she is absolutely gorgeous, but how is it allowed in public? She is fearless, though, to go out like that. Or desperate for attention??? I don’t get it.

    • emma June 4, 2014 at 09:08 #

      in new york it’s legal for women to go topless in public. not sure about the bare bottom though.

  27. Jones19 June 3, 2014 at 13:21 #

    I love it #freethenipple

  28. Camina June 3, 2014 at 13:27 #

    I just think she looks like a goddess. Of famous women alive today, there are only two I can think of who can get away with this look, Rihanna and Beyonce. Jennifer Lopez in her heyday could have probably. Her figure is something else.

    No one else could carry this look, even have the gall to wear it and that’s why it works. She’s sublime.

  29. bijuk June 3, 2014 at 14:32 #

    why bother to wear clothes?

    • Sleepless in Chicago June 4, 2014 at 11:09 #

      Let’s go back to the jungle… There are nudist communities if someone is interested. Living in a society imply boundaries of respect to the people around. In this case, there is none of it, just complete self-glorification.

  30. SilentVisitor June 3, 2014 at 14:40 #

    I guess she has achieved what she wanted to achieve when she decided to wear this dress……attention seeking and tacky beyond belief

  31. pinksugar June 3, 2014 at 14:44 #

    I really hate when people use the “human body” card because obviously this woman has a nice figure (which she is more than aware of) but when being honored for style could she really not manage to cover her already overexposed breasts and backside? I mean REALLY? When nakedness is your forever go to you are lacking serious imagination. The color looks nice on her skin and her makeup is lovely. That’s as kind as I can be here.

    • Schuy June 3, 2014 at 20:25 #

      +1 totally lacking in imagination. A new low.

    • gemma June 3, 2014 at 22:51 #

      +1 ITA

    • amy June 4, 2014 at 17:20 #

      THANK YOU. this look isn’t bold or anything cause we’ve already seen Riri’s naked body everywhere. This is just her stylist having a serious lack of inspiration and telling himself: let’s get her naked, it’s so edgy. LOL, it’s not, it’s boring. I do love the hairpiece and her makeup is flawless.

  32. RORY June 3, 2014 at 14:48 #

    I’m sorry.. but I think she is just the most fabulous thing and you will deal. She is… she just is.

    • Luvergrrl June 3, 2014 at 20:43 #

      +1! Your comment is hilarious! :)

  33. Prudence June 3, 2014 at 14:56 #

    I think her camp were not able to put together an outfit exciting enough for her to receive this award so naturally plan #2 was to shock us to the point of no return so she wore a bedazzled condom.
    Tacky and classless don’t even suit her anymore, she has gone to another level and it’s really quite sad.

    • gabis June 3, 2014 at 15:28 #

      Lol, bedazzled condom is definitely the best description for it. I see all the hate comes from her being pratically naked underneath it. I doubt not a lot of people would’ve been adding this to their BDOTY lists had the dress any type of lining covering her boobs and/or butt because the dress is not all that bad. Personally I hate more the fur shrug than her almost nakedness. But even so I have to admit her hair and makeup look great.

      • great June 3, 2014 at 15:45 #

        the fur! you noticed. probably one of the many points she was trying to make.

        • gabis June 3, 2014 at 20:47 #

          Could’ve been but I hardly think so. For my annoyance Rihanna wears fur on a regular basis.

  34. Kathy June 3, 2014 at 15:00 #

    To call this dress revealing would be an understatement, but it’s appropriately daring for the occasion and from the shoulders up she does look FLAWLESS. I’ll give RiRi a pass on this occasion because she’s had her fair share of demure looks (relatively speaking) in the past. She’s no nun, but she does know when and where to cover up.

  35. Maria June 3, 2014 at 15:07 #

    I think this is an incredible look, but put a liner in that dress, girl. Her body is phenomenal and a liner would not have taken away anything from this!

  36. kc June 3, 2014 at 15:10 #

    This is the cheap knockoff version of Karolina Kurkova’s MET ball look from 2/3 years ago.

    Thumbs down

  37. Kim June 3, 2014 at 15:16 #

    GODDESS! This is some vintage Cher realness right here, love it soooo much. Great look for her (never want to see it again on anyone else though)

  38. justme June 3, 2014 at 15:18 #

    I’d rather see butt cheeks than areolas on the red carpet but that”s just me lol. Rihanna craves attention in ways that I’ll never understand. Some eat it up, others (like myself) don’t. But it’s how she is so… *kanyeshrug*

  39. Cookie June 3, 2014 at 15:29 #

    Well, Kim Kardashian has covered Vogue, and now Rihanna has won a style icon award. Fashion, staaaaahp. Keen to know what your gut reaction was to this FC.

  40. Pedro June 3, 2014 at 15:38 #

    At first i loved, than i hated and now i love it again! lol

    Riri is fierce

  41. Narwhal June 3, 2014 at 15:53 #

    I absolutely adore it. I don’t care what you guys think, it’s spectacular.

  42. brat June 3, 2014 at 16:22 #

    She looks like a goddess. Absolutely beautiful, but i haven’t decided if just because she can means that she should. She wanted to be memorable and she is. But I’m with Katherine, the butt cheeks are a bit much.

  43. Fiona - Perth June 3, 2014 at 16:47 #

    At first glance I thought – “amazing” then I looked again and was mortified. The fact that she used the fur stole tells you that even she knew that she needed it for some fraction of modesty – in which case what was the point? If you are making a political statement then I might understand, but I am tired of performers trying to one-up each other for the nearly-naked award – we all have a body it is what we clothe it in that we are interested in here…

  44. The Dame June 3, 2014 at 16:53 #

    I LOVE this look! She looks like a Goddess and so what if her nipples are showing!? FEMALE POWER! LOVE THIS.

    • Luvergrrl June 3, 2014 at 20:44 #

      Love your comment!

    • JJ June 6, 2014 at 00:48 #

      Is this really female power? You don’t see guys showing their package on the RC. lol

  45. Marybeth June 3, 2014 at 16:59 #

    I despise the pink fur shrug. When I first saw this outfit, I thought she was strangling a stuffed bunny rabbit.

    If she wanted a shawl to cover her lady bits — and I honestly can’t see why she would even bother — something light and shimmery to match her head scarf would have been more artistic and far less costumey.

    Next year — Miley Cyrus in nothing but diapers!
    I can’t wait! (Yawn.)

  46. Jeremy June 3, 2014 at 17:09 #

    First of all – “Bedazzled Condom” is THE best description I’ve read. Absolutely hilarious and dead-on.

    With that being said, though, I have to say that I’m with the group of people who absolutely LOVES this look. Obviously it’s going to be controversial and divisive, but that’s fashion! This is more like an elaborate jewellery art piece than it is a dress, but I think she literally looks like some deity come to life. I can’t even imagine the impact of seeing her standing there, with all those crystals, in the flashes of the paparazzi cameras. Like a shimmering goddess.

  47. jas June 3, 2014 at 17:43 #

    people don’t really chuck up a big fuss about models walking down the runway exposing themselves, so is it really that big a deal if rihanna does it at a FASHION event? personally, i don’t think it’s really that necessary to be exposing oneself like that, but i get what she was going for. and i will admit that she does look pretty incredible. maybe if i looked like her i would do the same haha

  48. Jude June 3, 2014 at 17:43 #

    So sorry she feels she needs to bare all for attention. That gown with a lining would have been beautiful enough as a show stopper.

  49. Tristan June 3, 2014 at 18:13 #

    Everybody seems to be missing the point. Choosing this dress is not about fashion or elegance. Its all about column inches & publicity, and she got miles of both

    • Marcel June 3, 2014 at 19:07 #

      Everybody but YOU….
      Thanks “Mr Knowing Everything” for enlightening us, mere mortals.
      How pretentious and preposterous !

  50. Larissa June 3, 2014 at 18:31 #

    I really wanna hate it but I can’t help loving it…..except for the back. The naked butt is a bit too much for me and prevents this from being a completely amazing look.

  51. PnP June 3, 2014 at 18:36 #

    I love how each look of Riri’s is polarizing…it makes this site so much more fun to visit.
    I thinks she looks stunning!! When you’re getting an icon award, you better pull out all the stops and this is the sartorial definition of that.
    This girl is young, gorgeous, uber talented, successful, a rebel, a rule breaker in every way…that’s why she looks like a million bucks in this. I think she’s changing fashion in her street style (especially) as well as on the RC. I know a lot of people here basically only enjoy pastel Elie Saab gowns so this one comes as quite a shock, but that’s what a fashion icon does, she pushes boundaries and Rihanna does it better than anyone.

    • Luvergrrl June 3, 2014 at 20:45 #

      Couldn’t agree more!

    • anjos June 4, 2014 at 13:32 #

      People on this page who are shocked at her accepting Fashion Icon award dressed like this seem to be missing a point of what fashion icon actually is.

  52. Lisa Chick June 3, 2014 at 19:04 #

    Fashion is a form of art and Rihanna looks like a masterpiece!Despite her nudity, her face is alluring and she mesmerizes in this dress. I don’t love nudity and I can’t imagine that I would want to see this look often, but there are times when designers and their muse must push past the boundaries and challenge comfortability. Rihanna looks stunning – face and body, albeit naked. And bravo to her for being a fearless woman!

    • julyol1972 June 3, 2014 at 20:42 #

      Every single thing she said!!!

  53. Renata June 3, 2014 at 19:06 #

    I’m sorry but that’s no fashion icon. That’s just someone desperate for attention. Really? Nipples and butt cheeks? Just walk around naked already, geeze.

  54. Magdalena June 3, 2014 at 19:32 #

    I don’t get why everyone is so offended by this. Why are you do afraid of the human anatomy?

  55. Robbie June 3, 2014 at 19:55 #

    When I first saw this, I automatically thought of Marilyn Monroe in her famous Happy Birthday dress, only Marilyn’s look was sexy whilst still remaining quite classy, but with Rihanna it’s trash all the way.

    • Lee-Shay June 3, 2014 at 20:35 #

      What’s wrong with the human anatomy? People embraced nudity in past civilizations… Some of the best art in the world is based on the NAKED human body for crying out loud…I think she looks amazing! Like a sparkling goddess and she completely deserved that award .. She isn’t stagnant when it comes to fashion, she pushes the boundaries and that’s what fashion is all about. BDOTW

  56. Matias Seguel June 3, 2014 at 20:04 #

    what’s next? vagina?

  57. oksana June 3, 2014 at 20:21 #

    F…Yeah I loved it. It is so f…..g awesome. I loved it. For me one of the or main BDOTY right now. Thank you Rihanna. I dont think that it is about being naked. There is much more you need to see behind that. LOVED IT so much. It is so powerfull, Come on feel it. Feel THE POWER.

  58. Susan June 3, 2014 at 20:32 #

    Is this a fashion icon? For whom? I agree with a lot of the comments above, both pro and con. This is truly “the emperor has no clothes.”

  59. Dhppy June 4, 2014 at 01:23 #

    I don’t hate it. I like the irony of accepting a style award while essentially being naked. I just wish there were more detail to the dress, like some interesting beading around the area she’s hiding with her boa. I also don’t like the sporty tank top neckline. The head cap and make up are fantastic.

  60. Markness June 4, 2014 at 09:49 #

    I don’t hate this look and I don’t love it. She has shown us that she can combine sexy and sophisticated (Grammys with Armani and Alaia, the VS performance outfits) she can do it. I don’t mind seeing the breasts but I wish the butt was covered like maybe some Swarovski crystals kinda covering it in a thong-like design in the dress.

    And I’m pretty sure FC, if she’s permitted, she would’ve been naked to accept the award. LOLZ.

  61. Shannie June 4, 2014 at 21:49 #

    I love this look. Rihanna didn’t have to be this naked, but she is and she wears her body proudly and fearlessly. She’s probably the only person who could pull this off and make it look that fabulous. She looks fantastic. The gloves, head scarf, makeup, jewelry, and fur are the perfect compliment to her risque look.

    • C August 15, 2014 at 19:41 #

      I agree! ^^

  62. Betelgeuze June 5, 2014 at 14:18 #

    I’m really baffled to say this, but I like it.
    The truckfull of Swarovski crystals actually make it look dainty. The only thing I dislike here is ironically her headscarf.

  63. DC June 6, 2014 at 22:36 #

    I love the fact that Rihanna knows how people feel about her, but she stands firm in her individuality. If you want to see a woman draped in clothing every day, go to the middle east. Your fashion rules apply to you and YOU only.

  64. C August 15, 2014 at 19:40 #

    Oh, the jealousy so many people go through seeing this beautiful woman…
    I applaude RiRi for her boldness – this is her, this is her style, this is her individuality. She dares to wear this and looks fantastic in it. She also shows of her body proudly, saying that she’s proud about how she looks. A shocking choice, but a good one.

  65. 2hilarious June 1, 2015 at 21:25 #

    Rihanna’s dress was pure creation. She wore a beautiful dress amd was the representation of the fashion icon.

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