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The Rihanna outfit everyone is talking about and more CFDA best dressed

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A sparkly birthday suit

Rihanna shocked the public with a nothing-but-Swarovski-crystals gown at the CFDA Awards last night, where she was honored with the Fashion Icon Award, and this might be as chic as naked gets on the red carpet.

"As long as I can remember, fashion has been my defense mechanism," she said on the CFDA stage. If that's the case, this dress seems to be a symbol of letting her guard down. It's tempting to harp on RiRi and this red carpet gown, because did she really have to be naked? But let's face it: She completely nailed this look. In fact, her makeup was so stunning I almost didn't notice her exposed nipples at all. The gown was a custom design by Adam Selman complete with 216,000 Swarovski crystals, and not much else. It gives a new meaning to less is more.

Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA

Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA

But let's not get so caught up in RiRi's nakedness that we forget about all the other less scandalous but equally fabulous looks from fashion's big night. The latest female added to the Star Wars cast, Lupita Nyong'o, rocked culotte pants in a fresh print.

Lupita Nyong'o 2014 CFDA

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While Nyong'o strutted her stuff on the red carpet in the Suno pantsuit, Blake Lively arrived in a summery Michael Kors dress. The whole look was reminiscent of a go-go dancer, complete with a thick headband and hoop earrings. Sixties: Welcome to the future.

Blake Lively 2014 CFDA

Coco Rocha was wearing Christian Siriano. The gown from his 2014 resort collection was traditional "I'm off to Ascot" meets white tie, with a touch of goth.

Coca Rocha 2014 CFDA

Marion Cotillard and Sophia Bush went for the "lovely in lace" look while Olivia Wilde and Olivia Palermo wore fringe details. Emmy Rossum and Heidi Klum demonstrated the angelic beauty of a flowing gown while Solange wore a metallic fitted gown that hit her in all the right places.

Marion Cottilard at the 2014 CFDA

Sophia Bush at the 2014 CFDA

Olivia Palermo 2014 CFDA

Olivia Wilde at the 2014 CFDA

Emmy Rossum at the 2014 CFDA

Heidi Klum at the 2014 CFDA

Solange at the 2014 CFDA

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