Rihanna honoured as fashion icon

Rihanna with her award.
Rihanna with her award.

Rihanna, an undisputed fashion star of the moment, was the big draw tonight at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, which also honour the year’s top designers.

The singer and pop culture star, dressed in a see-through fishnet dress, gloves and headscarf embellished with thousands of crystals, was awarded the group’s 2014 Fashion Icon Award. Previous honorees have been Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp.

Rihanna wore this racy sheer embellished halter dress as she picked up the Fashion Icon Award.

Also being honoured at the glamorous ceremony at New York’s Lincoln Center was designer Tom Ford, who won the CFDA’s lifetime achievement award. The prestigious Founder’s Award went to Bethann Hardison, a former model and modeling agent who has been a vocal champion for diversity on runways.

Joseph Altuzarra won CFDA’s womenswear award while the menswear award went to designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the duo behind the label Public School. Sisters Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen won the accessories award. CFDA’s international award went to Raf Simons, of Dior.

The annual show, hosted this year by director and screenwriter John Waters, draws a mix of fashion insiders and Hollywood. This year, Rihanna was clearly the big name, along with an even newer fashion star: Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who presented the womenswear award. Others in attendance included Marion Cotillard, Blake Lively, Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, Jennifer Hudson, Anna Wintour and Emmy Rossum.

Speaking of Rihanna before the show, designer Zac Posen called the pop star a fashion risk-taker, who skillfully melds red-carpet glamour with a rebellious streak. Rihanna’s choice for Monday’s event of a sparkling, revealing, body-hugging gown, designed by Adam Selman, epitomized Posen’s description.

article-2646595-1E6BA82700000578-306_470x747“She takes risks and she marches to her own drum and she knows what she likes,” Posen told The Associated Press in an interview. He recalled meeting the singer at his studio before she launched her first album.

“She was a fashion world novice then,” he said, “but obviously she had looks and confidence and little-girl charm. All the ingredients were there for her to be a huge superstar: ambition, strength, and also vulnerability.” Rihanna’s occasional use of shock value, he said, “has kept her current, and balanced how classically beautiful she is.”

Rihanna also has a great appreciation for designers, Posen added: “That’s why people love to dress her.” (AP)

23 Responses to Rihanna honoured as fashion icon

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    No body have nothing to say wanna shame asf go. Rih Rih go push it hahahahahahahha I love that girl 100% bajan Navy or die…

  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Rihanna is d biggest celebrity right now a little young bajan girl,an u believe big people in BIM trying to put down this girl that made history at such a young age,people live all them live an I even give an idea to one person,but them people does have d most to say,but d Bible say the stone them reject is d head rock now….

  3. Valerie Hughes
    Valerie Hughes June 3, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Beautiful fabulous awesome !

  4. Samantha Violton O
    Samantha Violton O June 3, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Does she have to be naked all the time?

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 3, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Fashion Model from day one. Rihanna must channel her energy in a postive manner. Beware the eyes of the press.

  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 3, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Which humans or not happiest naked????…

  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 3, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Which human don’t love to see his/her own body???

  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 3, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Each human was born naked y we mad at some ones body please tell me???

  9. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 3, 2014 at 2:55 am

    When is the world goin to wake up an see we get upset over the wrong things,Google her name this little bajan girl is the biggest celebrity right now y’all slow,y bajans try to put down each other,say Barbados any where in the world an Rihanna comes to mind,bajans or fake they don’t like each other,let some other celebrity come Barbados an see how fake bajans really or,but let me tell wannn something this young lady is a national hero already,she not the first celebrity to show her body its Hollywood what u think it was,I see all most every female celebrity naked y we go cry down our own when she not the first to show this side….

  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 3, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Fashion icon does any #1 knows what that is????…

  11. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 3, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Its means she is a Fashion queen,she beat all them other celebrities an won that Icon think about it first then speak…

  12. Pamela Longville
    Pamela Longville June 3, 2014 at 3:31 am

    It’s nice to see a black woman’s got so far But what didi she win the award for This body Or this voice

  13. Rodney Mason
    Rodney Mason June 3, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Body , voice , everything. She’s an icon. #1 from Westbury rd. “SCRAWL UP posse Love you Ri Ri.

  14. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick June 3, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Baddest Chick out there all bets beyonce gone wear something like that to remain relavant boom!!!! #Navy#RiRi

  15. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean June 3, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Isn’t she lovely. Luv her bad

  16. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender June 3, 2014 at 6:44 am

    summa wunna want cussing in real bajan but I gine hold my peace befo fb shut me down………bunch of john——-som baby powder hmmm

  17. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender June 3, 2014 at 6:44 am

    summa wunna want cussing in real bajan but I gine hold my peace befo fb shut me down………bunch of john——-son baby powder hmmm

  18. Charmaine Gittens Medford
    Charmaine Gittens Medford June 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Live your LIFE Ri Ri

  19. Julie June 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

    No need to dress like this. She looks a total trollup. You can look fashionable and sexy without baring everything. Tart.

  20. Todd Forde
    Todd Forde June 3, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Don’t know bout Wunna, I love it, trend setter, who don’t like it, too bad.

  21. Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman June 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Every one is saying she is naked but that isn’t true if you do a close up you can actually see she has on one of those skin tone panties do your thing ri ri I saw a white lady in town in a see through shorts no panty and no one said a word all we did was look and look off so look and look off at ri ri too

  22. Mardelle Hinds June 3, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Go Riri, you are absolutely fabulous .


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