It was always going to be tricky to top the calibre of guests at Gucci’s Love Parade show on Hollywood Boulevard. Remember this was the presentation that saw Gwyneth Paltrow rub shoulders with Billie Eilish and Miley Cyrus, while Macaulay Culkin walked the runway. The Home Alone star might not have been available to fly to Milan for Alessandro Michele’s autumn/winter 2022 show, but when Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are in town, who cares?
The couple of the moment joined the likes of Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Jared Leto at the Italian showcase and dressed the part for the “Exquisite” theme. Rihanna almost upstaged the new catwalk collection – almost, until the Adidas collab came out! – wearing the kind of hyper-glamorous, bump-baring street-style look we have come to expect from the star during her pregnancy.
Fashion’s resident bad gal posed for pictures in a puff of purple faux fur, which shrouded her PVC and lace crop top, low-rise printed trousers and heels. The pièce de résistance, however, was her glittering chainmail headdress, which framed her Fenty glossed pout. This is a woman who gives really good headwear. She collected her Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 CFDAs wearing a Swarovski studded “naked” Adam Selman dress with a matching headpiece that’s now ingrained in the public psyche. We know she never does anything by halves. And she certainly would not let the peacocks of Milano upstage her.
The last Gucci show Rih went to was spring/summer 2009 when she was riding off her Good Girl Gone Bad style phase, before Loud charted a new fiery-haired course for the singer. Over a decade on, with the love of her life standing by her side – shout out to Rocky’s logoed briefcase – Rihanna’s latest chapter looks good on her. And you can bet she’s going to bag that Guccidas first. A mini-me version too, perhaps.
This article was originally published on Vogue UK.