Run this town: what Rihanna's power suit means for your autumn wardrobe

From her gargantuan red dress to her fluffy pink co-ords, a week in Rihannas style is a lesson in fabulousness. Its also a crib sheet for what you will be wearing in the new season

Rihanna is used to breaking the fashion corner of the internet by now. There was her Met Ball dress in 2015, which quickly became a meme of various foodstuffs, including pizza and omelettes. Then came the wine glass as accessory last year. And the Gucci chainmail bodysuit at Coachella, which was posted as a selfie on Instagram along with the caption: I cant go home yet, cuz enough people aint seen my outfit. Dont fret, Riri! At the time of writing, 1,878,262 have seen it now, along with the lucky ones to encounter it IRL at the festival itself.

In this past week, Rihanna has had a hat-trick of public appearances that she has, to be frank, slayed. Take a moment to enjoy the singers latest sartorial brilliance. Then take another to realise that Rihanna has the ability to bring fashion trends off the catwalk, on to social media and into your life. Like that chainmail bodysuit: I bet that this party season chainmail will be on your radar for party dresses. And that Met Ball gown? It pre-dated the yellow dress trend by almost two years. Heres what Rihannas week of brilliant outfits signal for what you will wear this autumn.

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Rihanna with Brigitte Macron at the lyse palace, Paris, 26 July 2017. Photograph: PDN/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock

The power suit

Sure, Rihanna is on hand to help with dressing for a night that doesnt end until 6am. But day dressing? Shes got that, too. This weeks meeting between the singer and Brigitte Macron at the lyse palace saw her in an oversized trouser suit thought to be by Dior, which was a contrast to Mrs Macrons jeans and neat little jacket. Non-fashion people might see a baggy jacket with sleeves so long you cant see the wearers hands as worthy of Sean Spicer. But those in the industry would give it a giant tick. Executive day realness as in the kind of office-ready look last popular in the 80s is massive, both literally and figuratively, right now. Rihannas message and of fashion in general for your working wardrobe going forward? Go big or go home.

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Rihanna at the London premiere of Valerian on 24 July 2017. Photograph: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

The red dress

For the London premiere of Valerian a film set in the 28th century in which she plays an alien called Bubble Rihanna went retro. She came as a sort of sexed-up version of Clara from The Nutcracker. Her red dress, designed by Giambattista Valli, tells us three key things about AW17. No 1: Frills are back in a big way, at brands such as Valli, and also at London designer Molly Goddard, another favourite of Rihannas. No 2: The red dress is the new LBD. No 3: Fashion critics are pinpointing this outfit as a potential turning point in fashions relationship with cleavage, with 70s boob set to be replaced by something more hoiked-up, la Dangerous Liaisons. Only time and future historians will tell whether these predictions come true.

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Rihanna at the Paris premiere of Valerian on 25 July. Photograph: Laurent Viteur/WireImage

The pink co-ords

Going out-out isnt only for dresses these days. Rihanna is here to help us get used to the idea of co-ords as in two pieces that match for after dark. On Tuesday, hers were Prada and in, oddly, the same shade of Mean Girls Plastics pink worn by Theresa May, appropriately enough, on Wednesday. I think its clear, though, which pink reference we will be taking on for autumn. Rihannas ticked several other trend boxes: feathers, sequins and midriff. Conclusion: millennial pink is over, but actual pink still works. For autumn, jazzy trimmings are essential. The sunglasses in the same shade as the outfit show a pro at work. Strong and stable necklaces are to be avoided.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/jul/27/run-this-town-what-rihannas-power-suit-means-for-your-autumn-wardrobe