Rihanna has laid relatively low over the summer, but she certainly is not hiding. She has provided a steady supply of attention-grabbing outfits while out and about town, including thigh-high Y/Project boots and vintage TLC jerseys. She aimed for high-visibility yesterday when she slipped on a head-to-toe fluorescent yellow tracksuit by Balenciaga. As someone who has been hounded by photographers constantly since welcoming her newborn child, the bright outfit feels like a bold and subversive choice. Us mere mortals would probably opt for something more inconspicuous and neutral, especially for the casual weeknight dinner at Nobu. But our BadGalRiRi is not afraid to be seen—on her terms.
The look comes courtesy of Balenciaga’s winter 22 collection—which turns the nylon tracksuit into a piece of oversized art. Rihanna has become a noted fan of the brand recently. She took the viral Balenciaga x Adidas pantaboots for a spin while watching her rapper beau, A$AP Rocky, perform at Lollapalooza Festival (always on the vanguard, she was one of the first celebrities—or for that matter, people—to wear the hyped collection.) All of this is no surprise for someone who donned cocoon-like Balenciaga couture, accessorized with a beanie, to the 2021 Met Gala.
Never one to miss out on a great handbag, Rihanna carried a sparkling ruby-red handbag and wore some sleek, Berlin rave-ready black sunglasses. The entire ensemble feels like a fashion-forward approach to strutting to crossing the ever-chaotic streets of New York at night. It’s a look you can’t miss.