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You’d think that Rihanna’s costume people would have an unlimted budget considering all of her success. But it looks like they’re cutting corners left and right. Rihanna took to the stage yesterday in Trianon, France lacking pants, that’s totally nothing new. Hell, it’s her trademark! But then when we saw photos of her performing in Stockholm sans bra, it made us a little sad. Maybe it’s a ploy to make people buy her album: Play on people’s sympathies so that she can afford to get a full stage outfit! But in the mean time, we’re not complaining. And neither is her costume designer, Mel Ottenberg. He opened up to E! News about Riri’s scandelous stage attire on her world-wide 777 Tour. ”I love how people are telling me now that they are shocked she wasn’t wearing a bra. But like, who cares? »
- Jordan Runtagh
Could this sound more exhausting? Rihanna -- the most infamous redhead since the legendary pirate Barbarossa -- is celebrating the release of her new album Unapologetic (out today) with a seven-day, seven-performance, seven-country tour called The 777 Tour. Crazier yet, she's inviting along fans, contest winners, and more than 150 journalists to fly around the world with her. And guess who got an invite? NewNowNext's intrepid reporter Shawn Hollenbach, whose day-to-day journey is chronicled here. He is sleep-deprived and armed with a cardboard cutout of RuPaul. That is some next-level Woodward and Bernstein commitment to journalistic integrity. As his trek winds up, let's recount some of his highlights.
Rihanna photographs well with a 2-D RuPaul.
Man, Rihanna is so... a glorious Barbie doll. Look at that nose. See you in the Mattel dream house.
Shawn finds a RuPaul connection in Rihanna's coterie.
Shawn meets Rihanna's stylist Mel Ottenberg and her costume designer Adam Selman, »
When it comes to Rihanna, her look is nearly as important as her sound. Which makes her wardrobe a frequent talking point, and her stylist Mel Ottenberg a busy man. Ottenberg, tasked with styling Ri-Ri on her 777 tour, is responsible for picking out those convo-prompting outfits before the hitmaker hits the stage. And for someone as fashionable as she is, that's no small task. "We're going for an easygoing, stripped-down thing that's not too showy, because we're doing these small shows," Ottenberg tells E! News. "It's really just sort of inspired by her jet-set lifestyle." However, although Mel has a huge part in styling Rihanna, it's Ri-Ri herself who has the final »
3 items from 2012
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