Wearing a [url id="http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2009/05/05/rihanna-in-a-tuxedo-morphed-into-janelle-monae-at-the-met-costume-gala/"]glamorous tuxedo[/url] and a dazzling smile, [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] returned to the red carpet on Monday night for the annual Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Benefit in New York. It was the 21-year-old singer's first major public appearance since she was allegedly assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown on the morning before the Grammys in February.
Rihanna did not speak to the media at the event, The Associated Press reports. But as the last celebrity to walk the red carpet, she still made an impression, stepping out of a black SUV in a Dolce & Gabbana suit with exaggerated, puffed sleeves, cropped pants and black bowtie, with her hair streaked with blond and slicked to one side.
The event, celebrating the museum's "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" exhibit, was hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and co-chaired by designer Marc Jacobs, model Kate Moss and Justin Timberlake. Madonna appeared in a ruched, blue Louis Vuitton mini-dress; thigh-high boots; jeweled, fingerless black gloves and a giant teal hair piece in her hair that looked like bunny ears. Other stars seeking to make statements on the red carpet included Ciara, Jessica Biel, Victoria Beckham, the White Stripes' shaggy-haired Jack White with model wife Karen Elson, Jessica Alba, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, Kate Hudson, Kanye West and girlfriend Amber Rose, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway, Liv Tyler and Katy Perry — who modeled an electric-blue mermaid gown by Tommy Hilfiger with a metallic collar.
This was the first time Rihanna has appeared at a major industry event since Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala in February. It came on the heels of news that she had canceled her comeback concert, which had been slated to take place later this month in Dubai.