Not many of us would have the guts – no, the out-and-out audacity – to turn up to the premiere of a sci-fi film wearing a puff-sleeved, powder-pink dress with a giant train that looks more like something a Disney heroine would wear to her 1980s-themed prom.
Praise, therefore, to Rihanna, whose fashion nerves of steel not only saw her pull off this voluminous Giambattista Valli Couture gown, but also own the entire event in it.
All eyes were on the swaggering 29-year-old singer as she strutted onto the black carpet of the Los Angeles premiere of Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Keeping her hair and make-up simple, and accessories on point (those lace-up pink Manolo Blahnik heels are incredible), Rihanna ensured the focus of the look remained on that spectacular dress.
She may just have unwittingly invented what we can only describe as “Princess Mushroom Chic”, but in our opinion, there’s a stronger statement behind this look.
By choosing such an overtly girlish costume in a male-dominated space, and looking striking and strong while doing it, she shows no need to put femininity aside in order to be included. Rather, she power dresses by doing exactly the opposite – a bold and modern punk move we can’t help but be in awe of.
Of course, she was really there to work as one of the stars of the Luc Besson-directed sci-fi thriller. In it, she plays a shape-shifting alien performer called Bubble, opposite model-turned-actor Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke and Clive Owen, among others.
The film hits cinemas across the UK on 4 August 2017.