She Leads, You Follow: Diamond Ball Edition

‘Tis the season for giving, and those in attendance of Rihanna’s second annual Diamond Ball did just that. The star-studded event, held on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Santa Monica, California, raised money for Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization founded in 2012 after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Brathwaite which serves to “improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture.”

With Kevin Hart hosting and Lionel Richie performing, the charity event was not only a hit with its entertainment, but also with the amount of money raised — according to Billboard, this year’s Diamond Ball brought in over $3 million, surpassing the $2 million raised last year for the Clara Brathwaite Center for Oncology in Barbados.

While the Diamond Ball was instrumental in raising money for an important cause, it also had an extra benefit: the fashion. Hostess Rihanna attended the ball in what InStyle says is a Dior Haute Couture gown in champagne silk satin. She completed her look with Dior pumps and Cartier jewelry.

Walking the ball’s red carpet in a crop top and voluminous wide-leg pant set was Zendaya, who paired her Rosie Assoulin ensemble with diamond earrings and handfuls of diamond rings.

While Rihanna and Zendaya are dressed for a black-tie charity event, there are certain things we can take away from their looks and apply to our own style:

  1. Add some shine – Both Rihanna and Zendaya wore lots of diamond jewelry, but the diamonds weren’t what made the outfits. The shape and placement of the jewelry was actually what enhanced their looks. For example, Rihanna’s bib-style necklace filled in the negative space at her chest and drew our attention up toward her face, while Zendaya’s drop earrings acted in a similar way as a frame for her face. While diamonds do add extra shine and luxury to a look, this effect can be achieved with any kind of jewelry.
  2. Get ‘waisted’ – From the band at the waist of Rihanna’s gown to the crop top/high-waisted pant pairing of Zendaya, both women accentuated their waists in their outfits. Doing so not only creates shape in the garment, it also slims your midsection and creates curves on your body. A defined waist also helps to form a very tailored, crisp look. So when you’re out shopping for a holiday outfit for your family or office party, be sure to look for pieces that accentuate your waist, either in a single garment with a specific band or seam to delineate your waist or in a high-waisted skirt or trousers paired with a tucked festive blouse, creating your own defined waistline.

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