Rihanna Returns to the Red Carpet With a Message


Boom. Rihanna is back. After announcing her long-awaited return to music with the lead single for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which drops this Friday, the world’s most prolific multi-hyphenate made a red-carpet comeback that proved fashion is still very much her top priority.

Joining her Black Panther colleagues, including Lupita Nyong’o, Michaela Coel, and Danai Gurira, Rihanna chose a Rick Owens gown that semaphored strength. Plucked from the designer’s poetic fall 2022 collection, which showed a softer side of his typically anarchic vision, the look chimed with the film franchise’s themes of courage and optimism.

Hours after the star teased “Lift Me Up”—a tribute to Chadwick Boseman—Rihanna and A$AP doubled down on couples’ style on the red carpet.

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“I have always found great comfort that in the history of the world, good has somehow always managed to triumph over evil,” Owens wrote in his show notes. “During times of heartbreak, beauty can be one of the ways to maintain faith.” If fashion can be something of a balm during times of turbulence, Owens did his best to put that out into the world.

For members of the Navy taking this sequined look at face value, though, it was business as usual for Rih—and for A$AP Rocky, who coordinated in a low-key streetwear equivalent of the dress, complete with draped jean hems. Added drama for the singer came via a beige pair of opera gloves, point-toe heels, and a smattering of Revza jewelry underneath her lightly tousled hair.