“So I finally made it to Harvard,” Rihanna said jokingly to the crowd assembled at the university’s Sanders Theatre yesterday. Flipping her back-skimming ponytail and smirking, she added, “Never thought I would say that, but it feels good.” Receiving Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year award may have been a surreal moment for the pop star, but there is no doubting her charitable contributions. Her nonprofit, the Clara Lionel Foundation, has been working tirelessly to support the schooling of children in impoverished communities across the globe since 2012. What’s more, she has brought in the fashion world to help extend her philanthropic reach: It was announced today that Dior will donate a portion of the sales of its feminist slogan tees to the foundation.
Of course, Rihanna looked nothing short of a seriously accomplished—and seriously sophisticated—philanthropist at the ceremony. She offered the campus of overachievers a lesson in altruistic chic in her deconstructed off-the-shoulder Monse dress, which was cinched at the waist with an oversized belt. A pair of matching herringbone over-the-knee boots complemented the look’s cheeky side split. It was what Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia called “unhinged daywear,” a subversive twist on the conservative skirt suit.