It’s not like Rihanna needs an excuse to wear crystals and dye her hair blue, but today is a special occasion.

It’s the official celebration of Crop Over in her hometown of Barbados, a harvest festival that is akin to Carnival, at least in terms of hard-partying and elaborate costumes. The Bad Gal hasn’t been to Crop Over since 2015, when she popped up wearing a bedazzled thong and bra top. This year, she’s gone all out to make her comeback. Riding on a float sponsored by the band Aura Experience, Rihanna came decked out in a custom beaded and feathered look by local designer Lauren Austin, who has worked with the singer on her over-the-top festival attire since 2013. “I’ve been designing Crop Over costumes for around seven years,” Austin explains. “I met Rihanna through Matthew Ashby and her brother Rorrey Fenty.” She adds, “I love how daring Rihanna is—her style is edgy and she isn’t afraid to wear whatever she wants, when she wants.”
For this year’s parade, Austin sent several sketches to Rihanna to choose from, and true to form, she picked the wildest one. “When I first saw which look she chose, I thought wow, everyone will be shocked—the neon, the iridescent crystals, it’s totally different from what she’s done before,” she says. Surprisingly, it took Austin only one day to complete Rihanna’s Crop Over ensemble. “The costumes are all made in my studio located inside Christ Church in Barbados,” Austin notes. “I do have a full team who deals with mass production, but all of the individual costumes are hand made by me.” The festival is a feast for the eyes, and with Rihanna front and center this year, there’s even more glitter and glamour to get excited about. “Crop Over used to be celebrated with people wearing simple T-shirts,” Austin says. “Over the years however, designers started getting creative. Today it’s very important to dress up in full costume to really and truly feel the Crop Over vibe. It’s exhilarating, free, and radiant.”

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