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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 05/ 8/2009

Rihanna Spikes the Red Carpet

By Liz Kelly

Rihanna, she of "Umbrella" (ella... ella...) fame and Chris Brown infamy, has long been a fan of prickly costumes (witness the get-up she wore for her 2008 MTV Video Awards performance or this pointed outfit), but the ring she wore to a leukemia treatment fundraiser was miles over the top:


Rihanna walks the red carpet at Thursday's DKMS Gala benefit in New York. (AP)

But it gets worse. Throwing all caution to the wind, Ri-Ri actually picked up children while wearing this spiky sea-urchin-esque monstrosity. She could've inadvertently put an eye out.


Rihanna with gala honoree Isabelle Huurman. (Getty Images)

Can someone please explain to me the recent trend for futuristic "Metropolis" meets "Thunderdome" meets "Fifth Element" style adopted by pop songstresses? Here are two more recent offenders:


Left: Beyonce's on-stage gear and handwear. Right: Lady Gaga. (AP)

Your kind attention to this matter will enable me to sleep tonight. Thank you.

By Liz Kelly  | May 8, 2009; 10:42 AM ET
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Comments

Not recent at all, just returned. Remember LaBelle?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 8, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

That looks like an engagement ring from Wolverine.

Posted by: byoolin1 | May 8, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Right Nosy! And what about Madonna's spiky boobie outfit?

Posted by: VaLGaL | May 8, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

And there are Grace Jones everyday outfits....

Posted by: hodie | May 8, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Why wasn't Rihanna wearing that ring the night Chris Brown attacked her? The outcome would have been so very different. Depending on where she stuck him, very satisfying too.

What about Janet Jackson's metallic hand? But, yeah, it's the 80s again with the outfits. Just like the movies coming out.

Posted by: epjd | May 8, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

It's Rhianna's protection, along with the gun tattoos on her ribs. Poor form on picking up the kid, though.

Definitely not a new thing, though. Robert Palmer's video flashes through my mind.

Posted by: eet7e | May 8, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Edward Scissorhands, anyone?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 8, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

What Ep said about the ring.

This is just the 25-year fashion cycle. Starlight Express hit the West End in 1984, so we were due.

Posted by: northgs | May 8, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hang on a minute. Is that a bow on Beyonce's rear? Why on earth?? Girlfriend does not need any further emphasis on that particular asset!

Posted by: northgs | May 8, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Steampunk.

It's a mash-up of the steam-powered industrial era (Victoriana) with a computer age aesthetic. Think, HG Wells.

Writer, Paul Di Flippo coined the term in 1995, with his "Steampunk Trilogy."

And the name has stuck to any sort of punk fashion that has an industrial element to it. It is also referred to as neo-Victorian or retro-futurism.

To me, it also has elements of Dada to it as well.

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 8, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It appears to be a pretty easy way to get your picture in a lot of places.

Posted by: JLRGG | May 8, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The Island moved. This is how we dress in the future.

Posted by: Guest1234 | May 8, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Nice Lost tie-in, Guest1234. If that is your real name.

Posted by: matthewbnelson | May 8, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm a rock star! I'm not a pop star!

Posted by: ideallydc | May 8, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Except for the hair extension(s) and the bow on her ass, Beyonce is channelling Raquel Welch from the 60s. Look it up.(Raquel, not the 60s). This is a trend we go through periodically. There have been history dissertations on the cyclical nature of fashion. Admittedly, history is a well-mined field so people are looking for ever-more-obscure areas to write about, but still. Check out the art deco appliance display at the American history museum for the inspiration for some of these fashions.

Posted by: reddragon1 | May 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I both loved and hated the latest Star Trek Movie. I cannot except the destruction of Vulcan and an altered timeline. The timeline needs to be fixed or we lose all the rest of the Trek future history! Any spoilers or info if the sequel may do this?

-kitty

Posted by: kittyrockedyourworld | May 8, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I both loved and hated the latest Star Trek Movie. I cannot except the destruction of Vulcan and an altered timeline. The timeline needs to be fixed or we lose all the rest of the Trek future history! Any spoilers or info if the sequel may do this?

-kitty

Posted by: kittyrockedyourworld
* * * *

We don't need any more spoilers, Kitty. You've already provided quite enough in your post. Speaking on behalf of those who have yet to see the Star Trek movie and who might like to be surprised by what happens, may I ask you to shut your gob? By the way, my uneducated little friend, it's "accept" not "except."

-The Poster Formerly Known As Snarky Squirrel, who is feeling exceptionally snarky today.

Posted by: 7900rmc | May 9, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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