Are Rihanna and Halsey Sartorial Soulmates?
Rihanna and Halsey: Style Twinning at its Finest.
Bajan pop princess Rihanna and alternative-pop singer Halsey have both found success wth their unique musical sounds on Billboard's Hot 100 Charts, so it should come as no surprise that over the course of their respective careers, each artist has developed and honed in on their unique fashion sensibilities. While their sounds are equally unique--Rihanna favors a mix of Caribbean, hip-hop and R&B vibes and Hasley prefers a blend of alternative-pop with soulful R&B elements--both ladies seem to have a similar tastes in fashion. So your friends at Billboard Style rounded up four examples below to satisfy your sartorial appetite.
They Love Thigh-High Lace-Up Heels
Halsey (May 23, 2017): For the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, Halsey stunned in a cream bra from Sergio Hudson with a high-waisted khaki floor-length skirt from French designer Juun.J (Rihanna previously wore a trench coat from the same collection) paired with thigh-high buttery cream lace-up heels from Monika Chiang.
Rihanna (May 1, 2017): After walking the 2017 Met Gala carpet in a pouf dress covered in scraps of fabric and petals from Comme des Garcons Fall 2016 collection, Rihanna added her signature Bad Gal Riri edge with a pair of custom thigh-high lace-up sandals from DSquared2. During an exclusive interview with Billboard, Rihanna’s long-term stylist Mel Ottenberg—who is one of Billboard’s 25 Most Powerful People in Music Fashion—said that the shoes “made it the right look for Rihanna,” adding that "Comme des Garçons is hardcore. It's not for the faint of heart or less adventurous dressers.” Rihanna has previously sported the intricate footwear style on five different occasions including at her Fenty Puma x Bergdorf Goodman launch.
They Have an Affinity for Crystal-Embellishments
Halsey: After winning three Billboard Music Awards alongside “Closer” collaborator The Chainsmokers, Halsey hit the stage to perform her latest solo single “Now or Never,” which currently sits at No. 32 on The Hot 100 Chart. Her custom look is from LA-based designer Bryan Hearns—who also designs pieces for Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, and Katy Perry—equally captivated our attention during her soulful award show performance.
Rihanna: She took “Shine Bright Light like a Diamond” quite literally for the 2014 CFDA Awards ceremony in her custom Adam Selman creation, which was famously covered in 216,000 Swarovski crystals. RiRi may have received some backlash for her sheer gown, but the fashion industry embraced her. Rihanna’s eye-catching do-rag and gloves was also a nod to the Jazz Age singer Josephine Baker, who would have celebrated her 108th birthday the day after the awards ceremony.
They Both Enjoy Sporting Chic and Comfy Harem Pants
Halsey: While performing “Now or Never” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Halsey’s custom LA Roxx bikini top, long-sleeve shawl, and harem pants was in a similar vein as her striking 2017 BBMAs look. Halsey's custom Fallon Jewelry crystal do-rag adds a fun and youthful touch to her monochromatic full look.
Rihanna: After emerging from the swamp, Ri is donning a headscarf, zebra print one-piece swimsuit and matching gloves, along with her red harem pants, while dancing around a post-apocalyptic desert with her male backup dancers.
You Can Never Go Wrong with a Little Black Dress
Halsey: For the 50 Shades Darker film premiere in Los Angeles, Halsey, who sings “Not Afraid Anymore” on the movie’s soundtrack, rocked a chest-barring black dress with matching choker necklace and mesh leggings.
Rihanna: After ditching her colorful outfits and Caribbean-influenced sound, Rihanna began her Bad Gal Riri metamorphosis with third solo album, Good Girl Gone Bad. When Rihanna emerges in her Chris Applebaum-helmed visual, she sported a significantly shorter and darker angular hair-do, smokey black eye makeup and a deep plunging latex micro-dress.