“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.
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Emma Stone in custom Givenchy couture at the 89th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2017.
Bella Hadid in Alexandre Vauthier at the Bulgari dinner party in Milan, Italy, February 2017.
Kiernan Shipka in Prada at the launch of the Mad Men book in Beverly Hills, California, February 2017.
Katy Perry in Adam Selman at the Brit Awards afterparty in London, England, February 2017.
Céline Dion in Schiaparelli couture at the launch of Céline Dion Collection in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2017.
Suki Waterhouse, in La Perla and Burberry, at the Burberry Spring 2017 show in London, England, February 2017.
Frances Bean Cobain in Marc Jacobs at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.
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Kate Bosworth in Calvin Klein for the Calvin Klein Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.
Selena Gomez in Proenza Schouler in New York, New York, February 2017.
Lady Gaga in Gigi x Tommy at the Tommy Hilfiger ‘TommyLand’ Spring 2017 show in Venice, California.
Hari Nef in Alexander McQueen with a J.W. Anderson bag and Tiffany jewels at the Tiffany HardWear preview party in New York, New York, February 2017.
Ruth Negga in Miu Miu at the nominees’ luncheon for the 69th annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California, February 2017.
Dakota Johnson in Valentino at the premiere of 50 Shades Darker in Los Angeles, California, February 2017.
Lady Gaga in Versace at a press conference for the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas, February 2017.
Leelee Sobieski, in Raf Simons, at the designer’s Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.
Dakota Johnson in Gucci on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, January 2017.
Natalie Portman in Proenza Schouler at Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles, California, January 2017.
Kerry Washington in Rodarte at the 28th annual Producers’ Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 2017.
Elle Fanning in Lanvin at the premiere of Sidney Hall at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel at the Sidaction gala dinner in Paris, France, January 2017.
Isabelle Huppert in Armani at the Armani Privé Spring 2017 show in Paris, France, January 2017.
Bella Hadid in Dior at the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017 Bal Masqué during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, January 2017.
Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli at the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring 2017 show in Paris, France, January 2017.
In Petra Collins’s fantasy world, she’d have one giant room-filling bed with just Rihanna for company: