She was honoured with the Fashion Icon Award at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards on Monday and Rihanna made sure all eyes were on her at the bash.
The Diamonds singer glittered in a racy sheer embellished halter dress to show off every inch of her slim figure.
The naughty outfit – custom made by designer Adam Selman and comprised of a total of 216,000 Swarovski crystals – left nothing to the imagination as Rihanna took a star turn on the carpet in her backless dress.
Leaving nothing to the imagination: Rihanna opted for just a sheer embellished backless halter dress which showed off every inch of her body as she was honoured at the CFDA awards on Monday
Risk taker: While Rihanna was honoured by the CFDA for taking risks with her fashion choices, it is highly unlikely they expected her to show up almost naked on Monday
She wore just a flesh coloured thong under her see-through dress, but no bra, and her breasts were clearly visible.
So too were her collection of tattoos including the large inking on her ribcage just underneath her chest.
Rihanna’s sole attempt at covering up was clutching a fur wrap as she primped and posed for photographers.
The power of lighting! Rihanna looked almost demure as she made her way to the event but when she got there EVERYTHING was visible under the lights
Revealing: While Rihanna opted for a pair of flesh coloured underwear, she went without a bra and onlookers couldn’t fail to notice
She wore a matching sparkly turban, which left the emphasis on her beautiful face.
Smokey eyes and minimal make-up completed her eye-catching look.
Rihanna, undisputed fashion star of the moment, was no doubt the big draw at the CFDA awards, which also honours the year’s top designers.
Stunning: While her outfit may have been designed to shock, there is no hiding Rihanna’s natural beauty and the star was stunning with smokey eyes and nude lips
The singer and pop culture star was on hand to receive the group’s 2014 Fashion Icon Award and made sure that no one will forget her star turn on the carpet.
Previous honourees have been Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp.
Shine bright like a diamond: There were 216,000 Swarovski diamonds in Rihanna’s custom-made Adam Selma dress
Putting it all on display: Rihanna ensured that everything was on display as she posed up a storm at the ceremony
Proud: It was evident from her huge smile that Rihanna couldn’t have been prouder with her win at the CFDAs on Monday night
Quite an eyeful! As she made her way to the stage Rihanna flashed her pert bottom to the entire room
Does she approve? Anna Wintour presented Rihanna with her prize at the CFDAs but one wonder what she thinks of the star’s attire
The annual show draws a mix of fashion insiders and Hollywood but Rihanna ensured she was the star of the show
Speaking of the singer before the ceremony, designer Zac Posen called the pop star a fashion risk-taker, who skillfully melds red-carpet glamour with a rebellious streak.
‘She takes risks and she marches to her own drum and she knows what she likes,’ Posen told The Associated Press in an interview. ‘It’s been an incredible journey.’
Shameless! Emmy Rossum wowed at the CFDAs in New York on Monday in a racy plunging lime green dress from J Mendel
Racy: Emmy risked showing some sideboob in her daring dress which no doubt needed some invisible tape to keep it all in place
Seal of approval: While Emmy posed with designer Gilles Mendel at the event, Greta Gerwig was accompanied by Zac Posen
He recalled meeting the singer at his studio before she launched her first album.
‘She was a fashion world novice then,’ he said, ‘but obviously she had looks and confidence and little-girl charm.
‘All the ingredients were there for her to be a huge superstar: ambition, strength, and also vulnerability.’
Short and sweet: Blake Lively stood out amongst all the floor length wearing stars by making it short and sweet in her Sixties style minidress from designer Michael Kors
Identical style: Identical twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen chose almost identical outfits of long black coat dresses and sandals with clutch bags and event styled their hair similarly for the occasion
Fashion fail: Fashion darling Lupita Nyong’o made a rare fashion fail in an unflattering pair of cropped trousers and matching top from Suno on the same day her new role in Star Wars was announced
Rihanna’s occasional use of shock value, he said, ‘has kept her current, and balanced how classically beautiful she is.’
And she certainly aimed to shock on Monday if her outfit was anything to go by.
Rihanna also has a great appreciation for designers, Posen added: ‘That’s why people love to dress her.’
Accepting her award, Rihanna told the crowd: ‘I grew up in a really small island and I didn’t have a lot of access to fashion but as far as I can remember, fashion has always been a defence mechanism. I remember thinking “she can beat me, but not my outfit.”‘
Bouncing back: Olivia Wilde looked amazing in her fringed black dress from Decades LA just six weeks after giving birth to her first child
Blondes do have more fun! Rachel Zoe looked elegant in a stunning custom made gown she designed herself while Brie Larson was pretty in a star print black dress
Lady in red: Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio opted for a strapless red floor length Nonoo gown which showed off her flawless figure and deep tan
No need to watch her weight! The former Weight Watchers spokesperson Jennifer Hudson displayed her slim figure in a racy black evening gown from
Kaufmanfranco which displayed a hint of cleavage
A bit of all white: Actress and former model Jaime King opted for the same hue as Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss as both arrived in flowing white gowns with Jaime in Calvin Klein and Karlie in Band of Outsiders
Meanwhile, she may not have been nominated for an award but Emmy Rossum made sure she too was noticed at the awards ceremony.
The Shameless star, who was among the earliest arrivals on the red carpet, opted for a racy lime green plunging backless dress.
With her dark hair pulled into a messy braided updo, Emmy ensured all attention was on her dress, which featured just a slip of see through lace between two pieces of fabric to cover her chest.
Remember what happened last time you went to a fashion event? Fresh off her attack on Jay Z at the Met Gala, Solange Knowles opted for a plunging custom made silver Calvin Klein gown
Supermodels then and now: Joan Smalls wowed in a floor length dress with a thigh high slit while veteran Naomi Campbell proved that she has not lost her touch in a plunging gown
Emmy accessorised with black heels, which matched the black lace on the front and straps on the back of her dress.
She added a gold clutch bag which she wrapped around her wrist as she made her way down the carpet at the event.
And while Emmy may not have been nominated, she got the seal of approval from designer Gilles Mendel who posed with her on the red carpet.
Unusual: Marion Cotilllard attended the fashion extravaganza in an unusual white lace dress from Christian Dior with cute yellow shoes
Amazonian beauty: Supermodel Heidi Klum looked amazing in her flowing peach Donna Karan dress which showed off her tanned, toned body in all its glory
Night and day: While Olivia Palermo was dark and brooding in a fringed Ann Taylor sweater and skirt, My Girl star Anna Chlumsky was sweetness and light in a bright skirt and cropped top
Colour pop: Beth Behrs, Iman and Hilary Rhoda stood out in their brightly coloured gowns on one of fashion’s biggest nights
Meanwhile, Emmy was not the only star to go all out for the occasion.
Blake Lively’s outfit stood out amongst all the flowing gowns as she opted for sixties style gold minidress which showed off her long legs.
She styled her blonde locks to match the dress for her arrival at the Lincoln Centre.
Comparing style tips? Blake chatted with model Karlie Kloss and the pair seemed to be having a whale of a time as they enjoyed the evening
Total opposites: While Bridget Moynahan swamped her figure in a strapless Lela Rose flowing gown, Sophia Bush opted for a form fitting white lace ensemble by Marchesa
And she wasn’t the only one who went for short and sweet. French beauty Marion Cotillard grabbed attention in a short lace white dress, with unusual wings on the front.
John Legend’s wife and Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen also opted for a short dress, showing off her legs in an orange mini and blazer.
She posed with designer Rachel Roy and no doubt all eyes were on Roy and Solange Knowles.
All covered up: Model Anne V hid her enviable figure under baggy culottes and a boxy black top by Jonathan Simkhai at the ceremony in New York on Monday night
Star style: High fashion model Chanel Iman and Sports Illustrated star Chrissy Teigen revealed their different star styles
A night for the designers to shine: Christian Siriano posed with model Coco Rocha, Vera Wang and Donna Karan continue to defy their ages and Rachel Roy showed up with Chrissy Teigen
Knowles appeared to be on her best behaviour as she stepped out at the prestigious awards, making her first red carpet appearance since the Met Ball, when she was filmed angrily attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator.
The attack was said to have been sparked by a row with Rachel but as Solange sparkled in her figure-hugging silver dress, there was no sign of any friction.
Heidi Klum showcased her Amazonian figure in a flowing peach dress while Joan Smalls, Jennifer Hudson, Olivia Munn and Chanel Iman all chose long black dresses.
A different approach: Actress Busy Philipps’ flowing red Honor dress was quite different to Alessandra’s and featured a modest neckline
Model trio: Chanel Iman, Jessica Stam and Liya Kebede chose three very different but extremely stylish looks for the CFDA awards on Monday
Aren’t you supposed to be a designer? Betsey Johnson was a mess at the CFDA awards, ruining her pretty black dress with strange accessories and bizarre poses
Simple and elegant: Diane von Furstenberg chose a pretty patterned yellow dress which highlighted her slim figure and if her smile was anything to go by, she knew she looked good
Unusual design: Former The Hills star turned designer Whitney Port was one of the guests at the CFDAs on Monday and arrived in an unusual patterned dress
Identical twins and fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen chose to dress almost identically in black coat dresses with sandals and even styled their hair the same way.
While Sophia Bush dressed in a short white lace Marchesa dress, Karlie Kloss, Jaime King and Liya Kebede all dressed in white.
Meanwhile, along with Rihanna’s honour, there were a number of gongs to be handed out with the group’s international award going to Raf Simons, of Dior.
Fashion darling: Lupita – who did not put a sartorial foot wrong during awards season – presented an award at the CFDAs
Fashion forward: For once the designers were front and centre as Joseph Altuzarra received his award from Lupita and Stuart Weitzman chatted with Olivia Wilde
The prestigious Founder’s Award was going to Bethann Hardison, a former model and modeling agent who has been a vocal champion for diversity on runways.
Winners were announced at the ceremony.
It was hosted by director and screenwriter John Waters, in categories including womenswear, menswear and accessories.
Famous fans: The Founders award recipient Bethann Hardison, center, with models [L-R] Liya Kebede, Chanel Iman, Iman and Joan Smalls after receiving her award
Star line up: Marion Cotillard, Keri Russell and Nadja Swarovski all took to the stage at the bash in New York on Monday
Honour: Mary Kate and Ashley Oslen beat out Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler to take home the award for Accessories Designer of the Year for their brand The Row