Even if you spent the past year under a rock, you would no doubt have heard about the naked dress that Rihanna wore to the CFDAs. Concocted by NY designer Adam Selman, her totally sheer, beaded dress made waves even on fashion’s most fashiony red carpet. And though it was a groundbreaking moment for exhibitionists everywhere, it definitely wasn’t the first naked dress. Over two decades ago, Cher accepted an Academy Award wearing a beaded Bob Mackie original. Recently, The Thick brought these two visionaries together to talk shop, sparkles, and what it’s like to dress goddesses. Click through to The Thick for the rest of the images from the naked summit. 



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Mel Ottenberg on Rihanna’s sheer dress

Rhode Island School of Design graduate Mel Ottenberg is having a moment. In addition to serving as fashion director of Berlin’s 032c magazine and lending his touch to an array of editorial, runway, and advertising projects, the 38-year-old stylist is credited with shaping Rihanna’s look since her “Loud” tour in 2011. His work has paid off. Just last week the 26-year-old beauty walked away with this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon Award.

And she didn’t just walk, she sparkled.

Rihanna’s sheer, shimmering Swarovski-coated gown was the talk of the night, and we may step on thin ice for saying this, but it shined a light on an award show typically only on the radar of industry insiders. For stylists like Ottenberg, this is what the career path is all about, creating a moment that can last a lifetime. Ottenberg chatted with us from his hotel room in Paris.

We need to talk about Rihanna’s CFDA Awards dress.

I’m thrilled. I went to Paris like right after, like a few hours after the awards. I went out to dinner, then got on a plane in the middle of the night. So I sort of missed a lot of it, but I’m still getting so many e-mails and phone calls. It’s great. I love it.

You have such a crucial role in shaping Rihanna’s style. What has that been like for you?

I mean it has been a process of just teamwork and collaborating with Rihanna, but also with the hair and makeup and the designer and with our different teams. It’s just been really fun to watch it evolve. I would almost say every time we have a great success together, it just gives you more drive to make the next one really amazing, too.

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Rihanna + Vans Vintage


SWEATSHRT: Vans Vintage | JACKET: Massive Vintage Jacket | DENIM: J Brand | BOOTS: Timberland | BAG: Dolce&Gabbana

Rihanna + Pyer Moss


T-SHRT: Hype Means Nothing | JACKET: Pyer Moss | HEELS: Tom Ford | CHAIN: Celine ID |  WATCH: Rolex


Check out the brand new photo of Rihanna promoting her home island Barbados. This time we can see the sexy singer wearing a swimsuit from a brazilian designer Jo de Mer. “Agadir” style is currently sold out but make sure to check other designs.

Rihanna + Givenchy


JACKET: Givenchy | PANTS: Alice Skinny Jeans | SNEAKERS: Reebok

Rihanna + Stella McCartney

Rihanna + London Zhiloh


GOLD TEE: London Zhiloh | SNEAKERS: Reebok


Rihanna + Christopher Kane

Rihanna + Kylie Lazo


Rihanna recently shared an amazing picture on her Instagram wearing a sweatshirt by Kylie Lazo. The image features supermodel Kate Moss. We love it!