Rihanna has a knack for putting together unique outfits, as evidenced here, here and here. Plus, who could forget the crystal-studded fishnet she turned into a nipple-revealing gown for the CFDA awards? Her gift for creating fashion out of, well, anything, served her well recently when she attended a birthday party in New York. She wore a dress that was a cross between a nightie and a very posh hospital gown and turned it into a fashion statement.
The black satin, knee-length dress was trimmed with white, and appears to tie up on the side, much like a hospital gown. The lingerie influence comes in from the traditional spaghetti strap-style and the thigh-high slit. Obviously the dress doesn’t look anything like those blue, paper gowns that you will find at most hospitals. It reminds me of the sort of luxurious “treatment robe” you would find at a five star spa in the Alps, or some fancy Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s office. Not that I am an expert on either thing, but I have seen my fair share of Real Housewives episodes and botched surgery shows.
Rihanna accessorized her nightie-cum-operating-gown with a tiny chain strap purse, simple black pumps, and delicate gold bangles and necklaces. Her hair was styled in gorgeous curls and she was sporting some new side bangs. She kept her makeup simple, with just a slick of red lipstick.
The inspiration for the dress may be odd, but I think Rihanna pulled it off. Could any of us mere mortals wear it, other than to sleep in? Probably not. That is why Rihanna, is Rihanna. She is able to put together unexpected, and slightly strange, outfit combinations and look damn good in them. (Having that killer body helps.) If I wore this dress out, people would probably think I escaped from the hospital pre-surgery, or that I couldn’t be bothered to change out of my pyjamas.
(Photos: Pacific Coast News)