She’s provocative. She’s brash. She’s bold. And she’s completely unapologetic. All of which makes Rihanna the perfect recipient for our Fashion Rebel nod, a newly added Best Of award for 2014.
Rihanna has been pushing the envelope and colouring outside the lines for awhile now, but this past year may have claimed her most memorably daring ensembles yet. Breaking all the rules, she marched to her own uber-sexy beat, showing off her attitude and assets, often with as little fabric as humanly possible.
She rocked a risqué Tom Ford white gown at the amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala with strategically placed purple embellishments. A Stella McCartney oversized tuxedo blazer—and nothing else—was her look du jour at the British Fashion Awards.
Yet none of her rebel wardrobe could have prepared us for that gown at the CFDA Fashion Awards—you know the one. The sparkling, sheer Adam Selman fishnet dress was one Swarovski crystal away from total nakedness, but we’d expect nothing less from our resident fashion rebel. Her gothic-punk, black sheer lace Givenchy Couture number at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, worn with a green pout, was tame in comparison but no less unorthodox.
It’s not that she didn’t have plenty more modest, at least on her terms, outings. But they still had every bit of Rihanna’s signature sexed-up, rebel edge—just without so much skin. Sometimes even rebels have a softer side, after all.
Runner Up: Jena Malone