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Pics: Near-naked RiRi is fashion icon

New York - Donning a scintillating see-through gown, R&B superstar Rihanna has been honoured as fashion icon of the year for her sense of style and spunk.

The singer received the award late on Monday from the Council of Fashion Designers of America at a soiree in New York's Lincoln Center featuring the industry's elite.

Singer Rihanna arrives for the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriRihanna at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.  REUTERS/Carlo AllegriRihanna attends the 2014 Council of Designers of America Awards. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARYRihanna attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California. Michael Buckner/Getty Images/AFPRihanna attends the Christian Dior Cruise 2015 show at Brooklyn Navy Yard. JP Yim/Getty Images/AFPRihanna arrives at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. ClaryRihanna performs at the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, FileRihanna watching Game 2 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets in Miami. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, FileThis 2006 photo shows designer Zac Posen with singer Rihanna during a dress fitting in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig, FileRihanna arrives at Miu Miu's ready to wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection in Paris. AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, FileRihanna arriving for the Lanvin ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection in Paris.AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, FileRihanna at the Chanel 2014/2015 Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

It was here that Rihanna, her revealing sheer Swarovski crystal-encrusted dress leaving little to the imagination, stole the show as she strutted down the red carpet in the provocative Adam Selman creation.

Powerful Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour presented the prize to the 26-year-old recording artist, who has graced the cover of the prestigious magazine, which recently deemed her “fashion's most exciting new muse.”

Diane von Furstenberg, the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and famed for her wrap dresses, said: “think she's hot!”

Previous winners include Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.

Another of the night's laureates was Joseph Altuzarra, born in Paris to a French father and Chinese-American mother, who took the womenswear designer of the year award. - Sapa-AFP

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