On the red carpet, Rihanna is always one step ahead

PARIS — This month, Rihanna appears on the cover of Vogue for a third time, with a story inside in which designers wax poetic about the pop star’s style.

Emilio Pucci designer Peter Dundas is quoted saying, “She’s an amplified version of what a lot of girls want to look like, but she’s always a step ahead of the game.”

That was certainly true at Paris Fashion Week, where she was a regular in the front row, always dressed to the nines, or even tens, in something that put a fresh spin on whatever designer’s collection she was there to see.

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At Chanel, she rocked sneakers from the January Chanel haute couture collection and managed to make a ladylike suit look edgy with a belt bag. At Dior, she worked a sexy French maid look in a red fur coat and black negligee-style dress with stockings and garters, bringing some sex appeal to a show that hasn’t had much under designer Raf Simons.

At Givenchy, she chose a baggy pants suit by designer Riccardo Tisci that hinted at the baggy trousers trend coming around for next season. She was ahead of the game at Lanvin, too, in soft jogging pants, a sculpted charcoal blazer, fur scarf, fedora and lace-up shoes that matched designer Alber Elbaz’s new streetwise attitude for fall.

For Balmain, where Rihanna fronts the spring 2014 ad campaign, she looked ready for battle in an army green pencil skirt, flak jacket and coat. Also on display? Her not-so-secret weapon: a heady dose of cleavage.