With six years of pent up Rihanna frustration, the internet is furiously awaiting the pop star’s return to music at the Super Bowl halftime show.
It’s probably why she admitted to reworking her 13-minute setlist 39 times – or why the 34-year-old admitted during the pre-game conference with Apple Music that she was nervous about getting back on stage. But when it came to fashion, the style icon knew she would be of service.
Rihanna’s triumphant return began with the star suspended from a platform B**** Better have my money in a red Loewe jumpsuit, which was unzipped almost completely to reveal a matching silk catsuit, complete with a molded chest bustier.
While the star accessorized the look beautifully with Messika Jewelry, a $72,000 diamond-studded Jacob & Co. watch, and a 14k gold “Mom” nameplate ring from Beverly Hills celebrity-beloved jeweler XIV Karats, they were all overshadowed by her baby bump.
Rihanna & Stars at Super Bowl LVII – In Photos
After her Beyoncé-style belly rub to indicate she was pregnant, her reps later confirmed it The Hollywood Reporter that Rihanna was expecting her second child with A$AP Rocky (the two welcomed their first son in May 2022). Given that Rihanna’s maternity fashions were immortalized at the Met Gala by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, it felt right that the star would once again break the cultural expectations surrounding motherhood by performing the most coveted live music show pregnant.
It also explains why the star kept her outfit changes to a minimum, opting for a pair of comfy MM6 Maison Margiela x Salomon low-top sneakers instead of her usual statement heels. The Loewe look, specially designed by creative director Jonathan Anderson, who said in a press statement from the Spanish brand: “Rihanna is a true icon, and working with her to bring these stage looks to life feels like a wild, beautiful dream.” , was worn throughout the performance.
Halfway through, the beauty founder gagged fans by playfully applying her Fenty Invisimatte Instant Setting + Blotting Powder to touch up her glamor before slipping into a second layer: a bold red leather maxi puffy coat by Alaïa, designed just for her by Pieter Mulier.
Fashion nerds online immediately commented on the similarities between her striking coat and the signature scarlet Norma Kamali sleeping bag coat of the late style icon André Leon Talley. Talley’s official Instagram page also appeared to applaud the sartorial salute, posting photos of like-minded looks along with some handpicked “Umbrella” captions: “When the sun shines, we’ll shine together. I told you I’d be here forever will be … said I will always be your friend In reference to the close friendship of the two.
Mutual friends of the two style stars also took notice of the tribute, with stylist June Ambrose writing, “This was a beautiful tribute”, and writer Mara Brock Akil adding, “I knew it! And loved it! Loved it that she met Andre in the sky like the diamond he is!
Of course, Rihanna also jumped at the opportunity of having an estimated global audience of $100 million to plug her Fenty brand. After all, it is the reason the singer is missing. Many thought the star would wear the brand, but instead she used her legion of backup dancers to stuff her clothes. Beneath their white hooded jackets, which beautifully juxtaposed Rihanna’s all-red looks, each dancer wore sports bras, boxers and mesh tank tops from the underwear brand, which the star promptly reminded fans on social media were on sale.
Many expected Rihanna to announce new music after her Super Bowl show — as was the case with past performers Beyoncé and The Weeknd. However, she has warned us not to get our hopes up, and the announcement of her second pregnancy has destroyed all hopes of a “Greatest Hits Tour”. But at least we know we’re in for the second round of Rihanna’s legendary maternity style.