Rihanna has many, many skills. One of her most under-sung skills however, is taking clothing items that looks remarkably weird or boring or wrong elsewhere and turning them into highly-coveted fashion staples once they grace her body. Her fans have caught onto this gift, and many of them lovingly refer to it as fashion witchcraft.
The latest example of her sorcery is evident in the new music video for her song with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts.” In the video, Rihanna wears a loss-fitting, chiffon, turquoise dress by Italian designer, Alberta Ferretti. On the Ferreti website, the dress looks proper, almost matronly.
On Rihanna, the dress looks decidedly different.
Rihanna instantly transforms the shapeless, “gran” style dress, as remarked by one Twitter user, into something sexy, beautiful, and utterly covet-worthy. The remarks on Twitter were pretty unanimous: How did Rihanna take this unflattering dress and turn it into something we all desperately want?
This isn’t the first time Rihanna’s inherently stylish abilities were able to transform an otherwise ordinary garment, out-there designer look, shoe, or accessory into something absolutely flawless.
Take for example Rihanna’s recent Comme des Garçons look she wore to the Met Gala. Even though CDG was being honored with a special exhibition at the Met, most attendees ignored the unofficial rule to wear Rei Kawakubo’s designs.
Rihanna on the other hand, was one of few who showed up wearing the label. The look she chose was definitely not for the faint of heart — an artful, spherical shaped silhouette made of voluminous layers of ruffles hued with pink, blue, and a floral print. Naturally, she made it work.
There are so many other examples of this special power to point to: At Coachella, Rihanna wore a head-to-toe, futuristic sequined bodysuit straight off the Gucci runway, and last year she stepped out in a heart-shaped fur coat by Saint Laurent. These looks are not easy to pull off, but she does it.
Rihanna is clearly unafraid to take risks with her wardrobe. Sure a lot of the credit can go to her longtime stylist Mel Ottenberg, but working with someone who has a great eye is only half the battle. It takes someone with Rihanna’s daring and innate style to pull off those most bold of looks. Perhaps we should all start calling this special ability the “Rihanna Effect?” And yes, she very well might be a fashion witch.