"I can't go home yet, cuz enough people ain't seen my outfit," Rihanna captioned an Instagram posted Sunday, depicting the singer splayed casually on a cushioned bench in a trailer at the Coachella festival's first weekend. In fact, thousands of fashion insiders had already seen the look, which debuted as part of Gucci's apocalyptic Fall 2017 show. Newcomer Aline Dentler, the German emerging model, made her runway debut in the look — she told us shortly after the show that the look, which obscured her face, helped calm those first-runway nerves.
But even with her face shrouded in a mesh mask of rhinestones, there was no mistaking Rihanna at Coachella. A few weeks ago, she plucked a pair of Saint Laurent glitter boots straight off the runway and paired with a Raf Simons sweatshirt and Schott leather jacket. When she posted the look to Instagram, she captioned it, "Phresh out the runway. I ❤ @ysl." (The singer loves current-season looks so much, she wrote an ode entitled "Phresh Out the Runway," which appears on her 2012 album Unapologetic.) At Coachella, she went shorthand: "Phresh out," she wrote. Amid all the turbulence in headlining acts at the festival this year — when Beyoncé revealed she was pregnant with twins, Lady Gaga stepped in — Rihanna still managed to be the star of the show without playing a note.
When: Sunday, April 16.
Where: The Coachella festival's first weekend in Indio, California.
What: A glitter bodysuit and hood by Gucci from the Fall 2017 collection with a Gucci tank reading "Common Sense Is Not Common," denim cutoff shorts, a rhinestone-embellished belt and sunglasses, and platform sneakers.
Why: Jorts might be fashion's most divisive garment, but so too are they the most fundamental staple of the Coachella look. Rihanna, a noted glitter aficionada, opts for the most distinctive take on an ubiquitous piece, transplanting an entire Gucci look from the runway to the fields of Indio, California. And the subtext (or actual text) behind the whole thing is all too prescient: Common sense is not common.
In Petra Collins's fantasy world, she'd have one giant room-filling bed with just Rihanna for company: