After a brief bout with laryngitis, Rihanna returned to the stage last week, giving the Cut exactly seven days to pore over her seven Diamonds World Tour looks. How serendipitous! What follows is our breakdown of each outfit and how it ranks among other items in the HBIC's concert wardrobe.
Outfit One: "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," created by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Couture, according to WWD. She seems upset she missed the papal conclave.
Shine Bright Like a: dark, dark room.
Outfit Two: Another Tisci, he "designed a printed parka featuring gold bullet motifs, embroidery and Swarovski Elements. Underneath was a black-and-white leather bra with golden buckles and starry embroideries, juxtaposing a pair of black silk and satin mini shorts," wrote WWD. Great to Instagram and send to your frenemies.
Shine Bright Like a: reflection of the magic carpet on the side of Aladdin's lamp.
Outfit Three: A paint-by-number bustier and pants by Rihanna's costume designer Adam Selman, worn with Manolo Blahnik snakeskin boots.
Shine Bright Like a: traffic pylon on the BQE at dusk.
Outfit Four: What we have here is a "Sea of Desire" T-shirt made by Raf Simons in 1995 — you can't buy that at Dior. Her cargo pants-like boots and circle sunglasses are reminiscent of the nineties as well.
Shine Bright Like a: bar mitzvah attendee under the party lights.
Outfit Five: For her ballad attire, Selman dressed Rihanna in red separates that look like they should be part of her River Island collection but aren't.
Shine Bright Like a: cave-woman discovering fire.
Outfit Six: The Uncredited Jumpsuit. Thus far, no designer has claimed responsibility for permitting Rihanna to share her chest tattoo with arenas full of people. Update: It's Lanvin!
Shine Bright Like a: goddess. More specifically, Isis, the Goddess of motherhood, magic, and fertility, and what Rih has inked between her boobs.
Outfit Seven: Another Selman creation, this time a dollar-bill-themed halter dress, worn with metallic Pierre Hardy high-tops.
Shine Bright Like a: milli.