Rihanna has many, many skills. One of her most under-sung skills however, is taking clothing items thatÂ looks remarkably weird or boring or wrongÂ elsewhere and turning them into highly-coveted fashion staples once they grace her body. Her fans have caught onto thisÂ gift, and many of them lovingly refer toÂ itÂ as fashion witchcraft.
The latest example of her sorcery is evident in the new music video for her song with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller, â€œWild Thoughts.â€ In the video, Rihanna wears a loss-fitting, chiffon, turquoise dress by Italian designer,Â Alberta Ferretti. On the Ferreti website, the dress looks proper, almost matronly.
On Rihanna, the dress looks decidedly different.
Rihanna instantly transforms the shapeless, â€œgranâ€ style dress, as remarked by one Twitter user, into something sexy, beautiful, and utterly covet-worthy.Â The remarks on Twitter were pretty unanimous: How did Rihanna take this unflatteringÂ dress and turn it into something we all desperately want?
Perfect example why we need diversity. You see what Rihanna’s Caribbean ass did to that dress. https://t.co/dt2ML8FPy9
â€” Maddix Black (@Maddix_Black) June 18, 2017
How did rihanna turn this dress from something my gran would wear to the sexiest outfit of 2017? https://t.co/6NgkBgwKyz
â€” mica (@micapacific) June 18, 2017
Rihanna was the best thing to happen to this dress. Look how drabby it is on this lady.pic.twitter.com/Ncj87uJ4hS
â€” Robin Thick (@flylikerobin_) June 17, 2017
This isnâ€™t the first time Rihannaâ€™s inherently stylish abilities were able to transform an otherwise ordinary garment, out-there designer look, shoe, or accessory into something absolutely flawless.
Take for example Rihannaâ€™s recent Comme des GarÃ§ons look she wore to the Met Gala. Even though CDG was being honored with a special exhibition at the Met, most attendees ignored the unofficial rule to wear Rei Kawakuboâ€™s designs.
Rihanna on the other hand, was one of few who showed up wearing the label. The look she chose was definitely not for the faint of heart â€” anÂ artful, spherical shaped silhouette made of voluminous layers of ruffles hued with pink, blue, and a floral print. Naturally, she made it work.
There are so many other examples of this special power to point to: At Coachella, Rihanna wore aÂ head-to-toe, futuristicÂ sequined bodysuit straight off the GucciÂ runway, andÂ last year she stepped out in a heart-shaped fur coat by Saint Laurent. These looks are not easy to pull off, but she does it.
Rihanna is clearly unafraid to take risks with her wardrobe. Sure a lot of the credit can go to her longtime stylistÂ Mel Ottenberg, butÂ working with someone who has a great eye is only half the battle. It takes someone with Rihannaâ€™s daringÂ and innate styleÂ to pull off thoseÂ most boldÂ ofÂ looks. Perhaps we should all start calling this special ability the â€œRihanna Effect?â€ And yes, she very well might be a fashion witch.