Met Ball Well Played: Rihanna


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Let’s not pretend: I have serious reservations about the hair. It reminds me of Minnie Mouse.

Actually, it reminds me MORE of that scene in Spaceballs where Daphne Zuniga is driving her space Mercedes away from her own wedding, and Robot Joan Rivers is trying to talk to her, and Daphne takes off her hair buns to reveal that they were actually hair-bun-shaped headphones. Also, not for nothing, the concept of Robot Joan Rivers is not used enough in society. I wish we had one at GFY HQ.

Anyway: Rihanna. I also think she needed a more dramatic eye or lip — preferably eye, I think — but the dress itself is a knockout. She’s wearing it like a sexy second skin. With, of course, a small window to her original skin:

But it’s the right amount. She’s mixed classy and edgy with an admirable level of restraint. It’s amphibiously bitchin’, which I hope is also my review of her upcoming movie Battleship. Because — insert a Tami Taylor-drawled y’aaaaaall here — Rihanna is going to be just fine, but I need Tim Riggins and Landry to have thriving careers. Or at least careers that are as sexy as … you know what, I can’t bring this full-circle to Rihanna. I like the dress, but I like an excuse to talk Friday Night Lights even more, so let’s leave this post on fond, sun-saturated memories of Dillon, Texas, and all its resident pecs.

[Photos: Getty]

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  1. Lina
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    Eh, dress is fine. I think it’s Tom Ford? Hard to mess up, but this whole thing is horribly understyled. The hair is terrible, the face is too naked, would some small shiny earrings kill her, and those crocodile claw press-on nails are hideous. This shape of dress definitely suits her, but my god what lazy styling.

  2. Christian
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    I completely agree. Meh on the hair and makeup, but the dress itself is great. However STOP WITH THE CLAW NAILS.

  3. Willow
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    has anyone seen Battleship? Is she good in it?

    • Julia
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      Battleship came out in Aust a while ago and it was awesome! I’m a chick and not one for the blow-em-up movie genre, but Riggins was AMAZING. And just amazing, all round.

  4. Art Eclectic
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    I’d love this dress on someone I haven’t been developing an intense dislike for.

  5. pidget
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    She is wearing the HECK out of that gator! Words I never thought I’d say.

    Agree on the blah hair and makeup, another thing I didn’t think I’d day about Rihanna.

  6. Suzie
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    The guys in the background are defintely checking her out. Hehe.

  7. Talley
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    I’m struck by the comparison to essentially a very similar dress on the Olsen twin in the previous post. They’re both long sleeved, floor length, fairly high necked, black gowns, but what a difference! One’s sexy & one looks like a 6 y.o. playing dress up in her gramma’s closet. Two guesses which one is which!

  8. Ines
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    i absolutly don’t like those kind of nails. normally. but.. it works with this (gorgeous) dress.

  9. Val
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    I love the dress though the execution could have been much better. I must admit that my first thought when I saw the dress was Mystique from X-men. But it really is a gorgeous dress!

  10. Danielle Kantor
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    texas forever.

  11. Kit
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    It’s funny, I saw pics of this on another site and I hated it, but in these pics it’s really flattering. Gotta say I love it after all – though yes – more eye.

    (Speaking of pics on YOUR site – the one’s you posted at the New York Times were amazeballs- way better than some of the others I’ve seen.)

  12. Carol
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    I think it’s creepy, especially with the claws and that “Star Trek Deep Space 9″ tattoo trailing down her neck and shoulder blades …

  13. bdaiss
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    I wish Beyonce had worn THIS.

  14. Katinka
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    I think it’s Scaringly Played. Scary snake dress, terrible hair, SUPER SCARY DISGUSTING claw nails.

  15. Bella
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    She looks reptillian, with or without the dress.

  16. katkin74
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    I would have liked a deep burgundy lip on this, a la Lana Del Rey (instead of Lana Del Rey’s actual getup). With good hair this could have been freakin’ great.

  17. Gigi
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    This dress is awesome on her. Even the little bird footprint tattoo thing (whatever that is) is working with the open back.

  18. lindsay
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    And just last night we were discussing the definition of ‘mog’ thanks for continuing my spaceballs mind worm

  19. scone
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    TIM RIGGINS TEXAS FOREVER

  20. Caitlin
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    I’ll take a FNL reference wherever I can find one.

  21. neiges
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    I like the hairdo from behind. If I have to say something positive.

  22. Cranky Old Batt
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    Lumpy black lizard skin shrink wrap and Dita Von Teese reject hair is well played?

  23. zackster
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    I can’t like this because her hair and makeup are so bad.

  24. Girlin
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    I love the dress. The fit is amazing on her and it is so unusual without being too ‘out there’. Well played Tom Ford. The makeup could have been a bit heavier around the eyes I think and the hair is….not her finest hour. Still at least it is not blonde!

  25. Mahastee
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    Why does she usually choose to look like a sleazy sleaze, when she can look like this? I would have enhanced the makeup and chopped off those godawful talons, but still.

  26. Michelle
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    I, too, take any chance I can get to mention FNL.

  27. Moi
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    I think she’s one of the tackiest broads in the public eye, but this dress is awesome she looks awesome in it.

  28. Hannakin
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    I MUST HAVE THIS DRESS! If I thought I could pull it off nearly half as well. I don’t think I’ve ever loved an outfit I’ve seen on here more, and that’s saying a lot as there is some seriously covetable couture out there. Still. It’s sexy and edgy and tough and feminine all at the same time. GOD, I want it!!

  29. jenny
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    I can tell you this, those men in the back of the first shot all look very appreciative.

  30. Veronica
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    I agree she needed more color on her face to offset the heaviness of the dress, but otherwise I agree that she looks fantastic.

  31. TonyG
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    One of the best ever for Rihanna! The hair reminds me of Left-Eye Lopez from TLC, who would have approved.

  32. Bambi Anne Dear
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    Well I suppose she had to wear something edgy and this is far better than almost anything else I’ve see her wear.

  33. Shiitake
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    Could have stepped up the makeup. The fit of that dress is unbelievable.

  34. Kathy
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    I cannot stand this woman, therefore I will go with the flaws…bad makeup, worse hair, awful nails, cheap-looking tat. On the other hand, I LOVE Friday Night Lights and any reference thereto. I want to see Battleship succeed if only for Taylor and Jesse!

  35. KelseyA
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    Like the dress, hate the styling. But, you know, it’s Rihanna, so that’s not a huge surprise.

  36. Guerra
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    Gorgeous!! I think she’s going through a no make up phase, which is alright since she’s a natural beauty

  37. Roz
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    That is one of my favorite dresses EVER! I adore leather, I love the back, the long sleeves. The shoes are great with it. But I agree the styling detracts from how gorgeous it is.

  38. Ms.A
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    The dress is okay. A little to reptilian for my tastes but its not horrible. The hair and makeup are soooo awful. And those nails are gross.

  39. Madame X
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    All Rihanna needs now is a chariot on fire a la Hunger Games

  40. Squirrel!
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    I looked at the full-size image in order to get a better view of her tattoo and recoiled in horror at those nails! I don’t think even Barbra would condone that length.