Who Wore This Bizarre Dress Better: Rihanna Or Keira Knightley?


It would appear that both Rihanna and Keira Knightley decided to shake things up with the same curious Chanel dress that had us baffled yesterday. I’m pretty split; I go back and forth between thinking they both look fantastic and both look appallingly awful. Let’s get into it–who wore it better? Allow me to present arguments for both sides.

Team Keira

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Pierre Suu/Getty Images

While Hayley called this a Fashion Disaster yesterday, I’m going to disagree a bit and say it has some redeeming qualities (note to Hayley: this means war). The color blocking certainly does make Knightley look like she’s been chopped in half and then haphazardly sewn back together, short a few pieces here and there, but I think the dress would have been boring otherwise. I could do without those pointy gold abominations on her feet, but I suppose I won’t nit pick. Hair and makeup are stunning, though.

Team Rihanna

Chanel : Outside Arrivals  - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015

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I’m exceptionally pro-Rihanna in clothing reminiscent of Clueless, and this outfit is giving me some solid Cher Horowitz vibes. I’m glad that she had the impressive foresight to style it with matching running shoes, in the even that she’ll need to make a quick exit or somehow feel comfortable. Since it’s all one color, it doesn’t have quite the same level of disjointedness as Knightley’s version, but Rihanna loses big points for the unfortunate pleating around her crotch level. Those sunglasses, however, count for at least ten points.

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      I’m going with Keira because I hate Ri RI’s sneaks. But not a fan of either of these..

    • Samantha Escobar
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    • Ashley Reese

      I really wanted to vote RiRi but Kiera’s contrasting colors and the lack of pleats looks better in my opinion. Disappointing because RiRi has been killing it lately!

      • Lindsey Conklin

        agreed, but those sneaks, yikes!

    • http://ThePeppercat.com/ Candace

      They both look great, but Keira’s dress is better – the black middle and no collar are way better than the purple.

    • elle

      I have to go with Keira. ButI am obsessed with Rihannas sunglasses. Like I NEED a pair immediately. Those purple sneakers are pretty terrible though and I don’t like her bracelet either.

    • http://poorgoop.com/ Samantha

      I want to see Rihanna’s from the front, without the phantom boner from the pleats, but I like them both. The dress creates interesting proportions that look more fun than fashion-y. The way each of them styled it reflects their personalities really well, especially the shoes on both… yes, even Rihanna’s.

    • ugh

      The future is here and it looks awful

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    • Tinyfaeri

      I can’t get past the same-material-as-the-dress matching shoes, so I say Keira but I wouldn’t call either one flattering.

    • judge julie

      Rhianna ust didnt pull it off. I feel like she didnt go all the way with the “chanel” sneaker and dress combo so she should have taken the Kiera elegant clean lines look. Rhianna’s hair looks amazing but not with this outfit.