Leave it to Rihanna to take a trend directly from the runway and show us how to work it IRL. The Spring 2017 show season placed nipples firmly on display, with nary a care in the world for Instagram’s archaic nudity policy. Brands like Saint Laurent, Balmain, Lanvin, and Vionnet showed the many versatile ways to let it all hang out—and that was in just Paris. Many expected that the trend was simply runway styling, and that for most people, going completely bare wasn’t going to happen. But Rihanna isn’t most people.
This morning saw the release of DJ Khaled’s new video, “Wild Thoughts” which features our beloved Riri, who rocked not one, but two sheer looks—the first being a vintage top (paired with Balenciaga pants), and the second coming from Alberta Ferretti’s Spring 2017 collection. Of course, Rih isn’t a stranger to freeing the nipple (her sheer Adam Selman-designed frock from the 2014 CFDA awards is one of her most memorable looks). But now that many Spring collections are in stores, could this video inspire the masses to finally embrace the fashion tit? If not, this writer hopes that, at the very least, those Saint Laurent nipple pasties will be viewed as a viable alternative.