And the #1 spot goes to…Rihanna
One moment she is gothic, wearing layers of black and laden with crosses. One moment she is sophisticated in a sleek gown and strappy heels. The next day she is gangsta in a backwards cap, oversized hoodie and a pair of sneakers.
Denim on denim, exposed nipples, no pants, motorcycle nylons or a singlet reading “Slutz”, Rihanna is pushing the fashion envelope in more ways than one and setting trends left, right and centre.
This year has seen Rihanna cement her status as a style icon even further with collaborations for Mac and River Island. Both her clothing and lipsticks have sold out in a matter of minutes as fans rush to nab just a slice of Rihanna’s style. She is the most heavily emulated and the most influential style star of the year.
From Chanel to Balenciaga, Balmain to Mary Katrantzou, Givenchy to Jeremy Scott, there isn’t a designer or label out there who isn’t flocking to dress Rihanna and using her as inspiration.
So thank you Riri, for inspiring me to be a little more daring, to care less about the opinion of others, and to continue to be versatile. Well done girl.