Rihanna's Super Bowl fit pays tribute to André Leon Talley
The look referenced one of the fashion icon's best-known items of clothing
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If you caught Rihanna's Super Bowl half-time show, there's no way you haven't been blown away. What with a medley of RiRi's most iconic hits, Squid Game-esque floating stages and a seemingly vast number of dancers, decked out in all white, it was a seriously high concept affair and a win for the pop girlies. She also revealed that she was pregnant with her second child, almost breaking the internet in the process.
But while the music moments - and adorable footage of ASAP Rocky supporting his partner - have given us plenty to talk about, our minds are still pretty stuck on RiRi's iconic half-time fit. The look comprised of a red flight suit, unzipped to reveal a red catsuit underneath and a matching red breastplate. These items were custom-designed by Loewe Creative Designer Jonathan Anderson and, in a press release, he was not playing it chill about the moment. "Rihanna is a true icon, and working with her to bring these stage looks to life feels like a wild, wonderful dream," he's quoted as saying which, you know, is a big mood.
On her feet, Rihanna wore a pair of red Maison Margiela x Salomon trainers and her back-up dancers were dressed in white puffas, shades, baggy trousers and a number of Savage x Fenty items (ofc). The sartorial detail that really got us thinking, besides fan girling creative directors and shameless own-brand upselling, was RiRi's oversized red puffer coat designed by Alaïa Creative Director Pieter Mulier.
The red coat seemed eerily familiar to the red Norma Kamali sleeping bag coat which André Leon Talley made his signature. In case you can't quite place his name, Talley was a stylist, journalist and editor of large at Vogue. He became the magazine's first male, African American creative director for seven years beginning in 1988 - making history in the process.
Even if you weren't around for his iconic work with magazines like* Vogue* and Interview, you might have seen his work as a judge on America's Next Top Model, stylist to Barack and Michelle Obama or his time as the face of Ugg. He was a hugely influential force in the fashion industry, sadly passing away in January 2022 at the age of 73.
Now, a selection of Talley's clothes are on auction at Christie's, including [said Norma Kamali coat](https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-6412191 - making it seem even more likely that RiRi's look was an homage to the late, great fashion editor.