of course rihanna stuck to the met gala theme and slayed

The singer wore an inimitable dress from the Comme des Garçons fall/winter 16 collection.

by André-Naquian Wheeler
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May 2 2017, 1:40am

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Rihanna has a strong history of strictly sticking to each year's Met Gala theme and delivering strong interpretations of them. Who can forget when she showed up to China: Through the Looking Glass wearing a showstopping, imperial yellow couture cape that was painstakingly created over two years by Chinese designer Guo Pei?

This year, Rihanna embraced the irreverent wackiness so common to the creations of Rei Kawakubo and wore a look that was fun, sexy, and artistic all at the same time. Constructed from a dizzying mix of fabric, panels, and textures, the dress is a runway look from Comme Des Garçons's fall/winter 16 collection. And just as striking as Rihanna's dress was her makeup. Her amped-up fuchsia blush and powdered face is being cited as a reference to Comme Des Garçons's spring 1997 runway show.

Rihanna was not the only celebrity to wear a runway look from Comme Des Garçons's  fall/winter 16 collection. Caroline Kennedy paid tribute to her friend Rei Kawakubo by wearing an armless floral dress. Other celebrities who dug through Kawakubo's archive included Anna ClevelandStella Tennant, and Helen Lasichanh (wife of Pharrell Williams).

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