The HBIC-slash-designer took the stage at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, on Friday night wearing not a skirt with sleeves from her River Island line (that one of us might own), but custom Givenchy couture — specifically, "a floor-sweeping ruffled silk crepe cape in black with a embroidered collar and a pair of black-and-white leather thigh-high boots with lacing details," WWD writes. Creative director Riccardo Tisci also made the layers underneath her cloak, "a pair of couture goggles," and a shark tooth necklace. He said the entire ensemble represented "female empowerment and urban haute couture elegance," and called Rihanna "punk and talented ... she is the face of her generation."
Kanye West must be licking his wounds. Last week, he bemoaned his inability to pass off Tisci's skirts as concertwear, telling Hot97:
What happens with these type of judges and people who are viewers, when you come in, I had the pink polo and the backpack, then I'm checking all the boxes for that Tribe Called Quest–era and J Dilla and all that, so they champion it. They don't like Givenchy-Kanye. They don't like Kanye in a kilt. They don't like Kanye in a relationship.
Well, they don't like Rihanna in a relationship, but they probably do like Rihanna in a kilt, and they certainly do like Givenchy-Rihanna.