A Highly Subjective Ranking of All the Looks That Rihanna Wore to the VMAs

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Rihanna performing at the 2016 VMAs.
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In the words of Drake during his somewhat cringe-y awards speech, Rihanna “makes fashion and style seem so effortless.” (Yes, even when she’s carrying a wine glass on the street.) Considering she had three performances to carry out and one award to accept, we knew we’d be seeing a lot of creative Rih outfits masterminded by the fashionable pop star and her stylist Mel Ottenberg. And she did not disappoint. Here’s how her four fashion statements stack up:

Rihanna in Hood by Air.
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1.) The millennial pink Hood by Air ensemble that included a logo baby tee. It felt young and fun, while simultaneously being high-concept. (Corset over cutout pants? Yes, this is the avant-garde Rih we came for.)

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2.) The award-accepting outfit that perfectly matched her Moonman was like a Rihanna take on a fancy evening gown Helen Mirren would wear.

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3.) There’s a lot going on here, but creativity points are due for the feather bra, T-shirt worn as a hoodie, and peekaboo fishnets. It’s athleisure on acid, which, having seen the Fenty show, we know is kind of her Thing.

Rihanna in Vetements.
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4.) A leotard and over-the-knee boots, even if they are from Vetements’ collab with Manolo Blahnik, is a familiar silhouette and less boundary-pushing than the rest of her performance outfits. The purple fur stole is a nice touch, though.