While we were disappointed that Rihanna didn’t pop up in any of the sketches on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live (Shy Ronnie, anyone?), her musical performances certainly weren’t short on theatrics.
The sets for “Birthday Cake”/”Talk That Talk” and “Where Have You Been?” were a far cry from the usual minimalist fare we see on the show (think Gotye or Florence Welch), the former featuring a flashing backdrop of spiderweb graphics and the latter a canopy bed and full harem scene.
Styling-wise, the pop star’s first outfit was right in line with spring’s sportswear trend, from the mesh shirt to the baseball cap. Except, perhaps, for the thigh-high boots in lieu of pants. Not quite what host Eli Manning would deem appropriate for practice. The “Where Have You Been?” attire stayed true to the accessories-heavy look of the recently released video, with the addition of yet more mesh and a gold banded skirt.
We’ll also go ahead and give RiRi the benefit of the doubt and assume the nonstop crotch-slapping was intentional comedic fodder.
Check out the performances below: