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Rihanna dons racy dress at CFDA fashion awards

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Rihanna speaks onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Rihanna’s presence at Monday’s CFDA Fashion Awards nearly eclipsed the ceremony itself, and she did it while wearing almost nothing at all.

The 26-year-old singer arrived at the stylish event, held by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in a floor-length sparkling gown that recalled the era of Josephine Baker.

Custom-made by designer Adam Selman, the mostly backless number shone from 216,000 Swarovski crystals and was accented with a baby pink feather boa, gloves and a glittering turban.

Rihanna attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Rihanna attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

But it wasn’t just Rihanna’s effortless 1920s glamour that turned heads. As Selman described to Style.com, “the dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed.” That left everything that wasn’t covered by a flesh-colored thong on full display.

Rihanna attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Rihanna attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

“It’s so naked,” Rihanna’s stylist, Mel Ottenberg, added to Style.com. “I don’t know if it’s shocking — I’m with her all the time, so my shock gauge is off — but I told her that I thought she was ready for this dress a while ago, and that I wasn’t. I’m the prude, and I’m just catching up.”

Fashion Icon award recipient Rihanna attends the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Fashion Icon award recipient Rihanna attends the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Ottenberg may still be getting used to the revealing look, but some observers — like fashion magazine Vogue — have heartily approved.

“Rihanna has become the rare celebrity who does not follow fashion — she affects it,” the magazine tweeted on Monday. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour was at the ceremony to present Rihanna with the CFDA’s 2014 Fashion Icon award.

“Fashion should never be frustrating,” Rihanna said during her acceptance speech. “It should be fun.”

5 comments

  • val

    That’s not a dress. How is that not considered indecent exposure? I love RiRi, but that’s a tad bit unnecessary.

    • Sherlock

      Why does it have to be racy? Because you can see her nipples? She looks good in the dress. I think that seeing some nipples should be no biggie.

  • Jodi

    I applaud her for being a confident woman, There is nothing indecent about the human body when displayed tastefully and she looks great and tasteful, she can teach a lot of women a few things about dressing.

  • LadyinBrooklyn

    The dress was very editorial, high fashion, en vogue and a mixture of vintage 1940′s to risque rock-girl 2014. Very avant garde. This dress was highly appropriate for a woman accepting the CFDA award. Nice girls don’t make history in fashion. Take the words of Isaac Mizrahi “That’s one thing about fashion that you really shouldn’t be-you can’t be melancholy in fashion because people don’t respond to it.” Sorry TLC, this was Rihanna’s moment, she didn’t just pay tribute to Jospehine Baker, she re-invented her!

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