Rihanna’s arrival at the Met Gala is always highly anticipated, her over-the-top looks solidifying her status as a fashion icon.
Her Met Gala 2023 look is no exception in her string of fashion wins: Rihanna and partner A$AP Rocky were the very last arrivals to walk the Met steps, but even showing up well after the official close of the red carpet didn’t stop her from nailing the evening’s theme.
Rihanna arrived at the annual celebration wearing a dramatic white Valentino gown with giant white sculptural flowers that swathed her torso, arms, and head. In contrast, A$AP wore a Gucci ensemble including a plaid kilt and a stack of belts around his waist.
Rihanna kept up the Big Train Energy she’s demonstrated in the past: It’s a good thing she walked the steps solo because there was so much skirt floating over the stairs that there may not have been room for the other A-listers.
She capped off the look with white fingerless gloves—a favourite accessory of Lagerfeld’s—, white cat-eye sunglasses with mega-long false lashes attached, and, of course, the boldest, most matte, reddest lip you’ve ever seen.