Why Rihanna wore a sleeping bag coat to the Super Bowl

Rihanna wore an all-red outfit to perform at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Her outfit included a sleeping bag jacket that nodded to the late fashion editor André Leon Talley.


Talley notably celebrated Rihanna’s 2015 Met Gala dress.

Rihanna’s iconic performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday included a musical montage of her greatest hits, dance numbers on raised platforms, a pregnancy reveal — and a sweet tribute to one of her closest style collaborators.


Rihanna took the stage for the Super Bowl halftime show in a multi-layered, red ensemble custom-designed by Loewe.

The outfit was inspired by “flight gear and the show’s dynamic scenography,” the brand shared in a statement on its website.


The first layer of the monochromatic outfit was a catsuit, which was topped by a leather corset that cut off above Rihanna’s belly. She wore an unzipped flight suit over the catsuit and sculpted corset, as well as coordinating gloves.

The suit belted low on her hips, so it revealed her baby bump for her second child.

For the end of the performance, Rihanna also donned a floor-length, sleeping bag jacket from Alaïa in the same shade of red as the rest of the outfit, according to CNN.


The jacket appeared to pay tribute to André Leon Talley, according to the late fashion editor’s Instagram page.


Talley died in January 2022 after an illustrious career in the fashion industry, which included serving as the creative director for Vogue from 1988 to 1995.


According to Marie Claire, Talley was known for wearing a red sleeping bag coat from Norma Kamali, and Rihanna’s Alaïa jacket looked remarkably similar to Talley’s coat.

Why Rihanna wore a sleeping bag coat to the Super Bowl
Why Rihanna wore a sleeping bag coat to the Super Bowl

Talley’s Instagram account acknowledged the jacket tribute with a side-by-side photo of Talley and Rihanna in their similar garments.

The caption read: “When the sun shines, we’ll shine together. Told you I’ll be here forever… said I’ll always be your friend,” tagging Rihanna alongside the reference to her lyrics from “Umbrella.”


Rihanna and Talley were close friends, notably having a playful interaction at the 2015 Met Gala when she wore a custom Guo Pei gown that weighed 55 pounds.

“You are so inspiring to so many people,” he told her at the gala. “You are going to inspire people in this dress.”

Talley’s Norma Kamali coat is currently being auctioned off with other pieces from his wardrobe.

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