When Rihanna stepped out (quite fashionably late) to the Met Gala this past May, there was a "bow in the presence of greatness" kind of moment. It had us asking the question: Has Bad Gal Ri-Ri claimed the crown as the new style queen of New York City?
Her reign began with the most statement-making embroidered yellow gown ever, and these past three months have been a whirlwind of Rihanna turning heads on the city streets, dining at her favorite eateries, popping in and out of the recording studio, and partying the night away — all while looking pretty damn good. Sure, she may venture into unknown territory at times, testing out a variety of different looks, designers, and silhouettes. But her obsession with athleisure and all things '90s has more than become her signature, and her recent jaunts around the city she calls home have certainly proved it.
There's no denying we've always loved Rihanna (and her boundary-pushing creativity), but now that she's a bona fide New Yorker, we can't help but love her even more. Need proof that she might just be running the NYC style scene? We've rounded up 12 of her coolest summer looks to show she really is the baddest gal in the game.