When you invite Rihanna to an event, you’re basically automatically anointing her as “best dressed” before she even sets foot on the red carpet…
So imagine what happens when she’s the one hosting. You don’t have to, because her ensemble for the 2018 Diamond Ball, the annual soirée that benefits her Clara Lionel Foundation, pretty much proves that she’ll pull out every possible sartorial stop.
The 30-year-old made an entrance at Cipriani Wall Street in New York last night in a jaw-dropping Alexis Mabille Couture look that was part catsuit, part ballgown: The bottom layer, which featured a mock neck and long sleeves, was made of intricate white lace; a billowing skirt was attached to make it seem like a huge piece of white satin had been tied around her waist into an oversize bow that also covered her chest. Truly, it’s one of those outfits you need to see (and admire) from every angle—and, luckily, the photographers assembled at the Diamond Ball red carpet did just that.
Rihanna completed the Alexis Mabille Couture look with simple white heels and dramatically luxe diamond earrings and rings from Chopard. She wore her long, dark hair in a deep side part and romantic, tumbling curls and sported her trademark glowy Fenty Face with a subtle smoky eye and a glossy peachy-bronze lip.
Thursday night’s ensemble was just the cherry on top of an incredible week for Rih. On Wednesday she closed out New York Fashion Week with the first-ever runway show for her lingerie brand, Savage x Fenty. She explained why it was so important for her to highlight women of all skin colors, body types, and backgrounds at the event: “I wanted to include every woman. I wanted every woman on the stage with different energies, different races, body types, different stages in their womanhood, culture,” she told Elle. “I wanted women to feel celebrated and that we started this sh*t. We own this. This is our land because really it is. Women are running the world right now and it’s too bad for men.”