You could always expect Rihanna to wear the most extravagant outfits at any event. And no matter how gaudy and extra she looks, she always kills it with her appearance. But her recent outfit just might top the rest of her previous looks.
In the singer’s hometown of Barbados is the celebration of Crop Over. A harvest festival that is similar to a carnival, but with lavishing costumes and constant partying. And according to Vogue, Rihanna hasn’t attended Crop Over since 2015. So, it’s no surprise for Bad Gal to go all out wearing a bedazzled thong and bra top and dyed her hair blue— capturing nearly everyone’s attention.
While riding on a float sponsored by the band Aura Experience, she appeared coated in colorful crystals and feathers that was custom designed by local designer Lauren Austin. Austin has previously worked with Rihanna on her over-the-top festival attire since 2013.
“I’ve been designing Crop Over costumes for around seven years,” Austin explains. “I met Rihanna through Matthew Ashby and her brother Rorrey Fenty.” She adds, “I love how daring Rihanna is—her style is edgy and she isn’t afraid to wear whatever she wants, when she wants.”
As for this year’s festival, Austin send Rihanna multiple sketches for her to choose from, and, of course, she chose the most attention grabber.
“When I first saw which look she chose, I thought wow, everyone will be shocked—the neon, the iridescent crystals, it’s totally different from what she’s done before,” she says.
But what blows all of our minds is that is took just one day for Austin to complete Rihanna’s Crop Over outfit.
“The costumes are all made in my studio located inside Christ Church in Barbados,” Austin notes. “I do have a full team who deals with mass production, but all of the individual costumes are hand made by me.”
The “Diamonds” singer definitely shined like a diamond at Crop Over from head to toe and even was among other flashy outfit-wearers who gave the festival a new look.
“Crop Over used to be celebrated with people wearing simple T-shirts,” Austin says. “Over the years however, designers started getting creative. Today it’s very important to dress up in full costume to really and truly feel the Crop Over vibe. It’s exhilarating, free, and radiant.”