Pop superstar Rihanna recently told Vogue magazine editors, “I never wanted to be famous – I just wanted my music to be heard all over her world.” But today her red-hot fame crosses over multiple genres, cultures, continents, and age groups. The mega-music idol is also a fashion icon to millions of women and young girls, combining street style with couture savvy in a way that defies categorization. Recently named the new face of the House of Balmain, Rihanna embodies a personal jewelry style – and professional red-carpet demeanor – that is always one step ahead of the game. Here are several examples…with tips on how you can achieve Rihanna’s eclectic jewelry looks for less.
Seen last month in Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall 2014 Padlock Necklace, Rihanna rocked a backless sweater with the oversized Chanel lock and chain. The edgy style sent Rihanna wannabes fleeing to ACE Hardware to have the lock look duplicated. You can adapt a more discreet version of the padlock necklace, from Tiffany & Co., for hundreds, not thousands.
A longtime fan of punk jewelry, Rihanna was photographed wearing safety pin earrings in 2009. The look is still going strong, as witnessed by Viktor & Rolf’s single, oversized safety pin ear cuff from their newest collection ($235). The rebellious schoolgirl look is a staple of Rihanna’s personal and professional wardrobe. To achieve this style, try a pair of rose gold-tone and crystal safety pin earrings from Rachel Roy for only $22. Wear one in your ear and one on your mini kilt!
Balmain’s Spring 2014 campaign features Rihanna in a wide cinch belt and an extra-wide gold cuff. This classic bracelet style is easy to find at many price points. Wear one on each wrist for maximum effect.
Here is Rhi Rhi stylin’ at the Chanel Fall 2013 Couture show, dressed head to toe in cream-colored Chanel. Her long multi-layered pearls and ubiquitous camellia flower can be replicated for far less at your local department store or accessories boutique. To get the latest look from Lagerfeld’s Spring 2014 collection, try spray-painting your camellia patent-leather black with one gold-tone petal. No one will know!