Who needs black leather and studs when you can look just as badass in pink? For her opening medley at the 2016 VMAs, Rihanna sported a pastel chaps-inspired look that celebrated her ability to look good in, well, anything. Stepping out in cotton candy–color Hood By Air to dance her way through a series of her hits, the night’s Video Vanguard Award winner managed to effortlessly balance street with sweet.
Anyone else coordinating with a rose-lit stage and a lineup of backup dancers in a matching tone might run the risk of fading into the background, but that would be anyone else. With her bright red sunglasses, glossy pastel corset, and fuzzy thigh-high boots, Rihanna was unmistakably the star. And while pulling a similar ensemble off on your own might take superstar-level confidence—Rihanna has never lacked in that department—with two more performances set for this evening, it’s only a question of which unexpected designer look she’ll pull out next.
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