Rihanna‘s penchant for nipple covers is no secret after she wore them very publicly. Whilst such a public fusion of the lingerie as outerwear and nudity fashion trends earned accusations of tackiness, the reaction to Rihanna wearing even more revealing outfits, in some instances again paired with nipple covers, in the September 2009 issue of Vogue Italia is unlikely to be equally as harsh.

In an editorial entitled Extreme Couture and shot by Steven Klein, latherings of flesh are mixed with heavy bondage influences. And heavy is an apt word; so layered and textured is this editorial, we’re glad that it’s monochrome; colour might have been a severe overload.

For all the (NSFW) pictures from Rihanna’s Vogue Italia editorial, click on the thumbnails below.

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