Friday, June 9, 2023

Tom Ford Talks Rihanna’s Body in an Open Letter on His Blog

Top designer, Tom Ford has penned a piece on his Spring’15 collection, for which he claims via blog post, was part inspired by Rihanna’s body.

Detailing the collection’s reference to pasties (read: fancy nipple covers) and inspirations from Ursula Andress’ breasts in the opening scene of The Tenth Victim, Mr Ford explains that seeing Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA awards, where she avoided wearing any of the gowns he made for her, to wear a sparkling, sheer number that revealed her breasts, was an unforgettable moment, saying “she was stunning.”


The designer wrote of his collection (and Rihanna);

“The reference to ‘pasties’ was deliberate …it was also meant to be a reference to a contemporary fashion that seems to be gaining a bit of ground with very young women who have the bodies to pull it off and this is actual pasties as in the case of Miley Cyrus or even a dress that leaves nothing to the imagination as worn by Rihanna to the CFDA Awards in New York this past Summer.

I was at the CFDA Awards as I was receiving a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award (which I prefer to think of as a ‘Mid Life Achievement Award’), and I have to say that Rihanna was for me, that night one of the most beautiful women that I have ever beheld. I had designed several things for her specifically for that evening which she did not wear, but when I saw her it did not matter. I whispered into her ear that she was right not to have worn one of my dresses that night because she looked more beautiful than I have ever seen her look. She was stunning.

As Richard said plainly after the evening, “If you are as beautiful as Rihanna, you almost owe it to the world to appear in public almost nude,” and I have to say that I wholeheartedly concur.”


While the world has picked up the letter and its subtle praise for Rih-Rih’s tah-tahs, we’re yet to see a response from the beautiful woman in question. In the meantime, we’ll take this opportunity to say we too loved Rihanna’s CFDA Awards ensemble and everything it revealed ( …of her impeccable sense of style, of course).

Read the full open letter on Tom Ford’s blog, here.

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