On Monday I was lucky enough to be invited to the Rihanna concert at the O2 in London. She's a star who has made a name for herself in music and fashion and it surprised even me to think back how long she's now been around. Her first single 'Pon de replay' was a hit in summer 2005!
I've always been a fan of the upbeat stuff but tended to find the slower songs and ballads a little whiney. Oddly though, live I didn't have the same issue. She really put on an amazing show full of energy, props-a-plenty and fab dancers too. But I'm forgetting one small detail... the outfits!
The show began with Rihanna wearing an LED light-up gown which was quickly discarded for a high-cut, statement shouldered body suit with fishnets. She even donned a Mickey Mouse hat and straddled the gun on her hot pink tank, 'atta girl! This outfit was very Gaga, but then that's what stage costumes are all about really, doing something that stands out and wearing something that does the same.
Then it was on to a PVC bodysuit and boots combo which kept the boys in our party happy. She looked absolutely amazing in this get-up and reminded me that I need to get myself back to the gym, sharpish! Some of my highlights were 'Rudeboy' as it has literally been stuck in my head for 2 weeks, I also loved 'Disturbia', 'Don't stop the music' and 'breakin' dishes'.
Another outfit I was told to watch out for was the white tape ensemble, a sort of jumpsuit that essentially made it look like she was naked. Another hit with the boys (and some of the girls too I'm sure). However, you can see from my images that she's well covered up with the flesh-coloured bodice, just in case you thought you might be able to sneak a peek of anything.
Overall I'd definitely recommend going to see her if that sort of music is your thing. Even if it isn't, it was still a really enjoyable show and the atmosphere was incredible. The dancers were incredible too, hanging from the ceiling, dancing on stilts, inside cars... you get the picture. I can't wait to go back to the O2 again, my only other gig there was Nine Inch Nails, and just for the record, it seemed to me like Rihanna sold a lot more tickets than they did!
There's a few more of my pics over at Flickr.