Rihanna's River Island Collection: No 'Diamonds,' Just Rough

02/18/2013 at 11:03 AM ET

Rihanna London Fashion Week
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Of all the adjectives we expected to hear about Rihanna‘s first-ever fashion line (for U.K. chain River Island) — “’90s-inspired” or “skin-baring” among them — we have to admit “horror show” took us by surprise. But fashion critics called it just that, savaging her debut collection for being uninspired, underwhelming and just plain unattractive.

The show, held in an abandoned central London post office, started an hour late and ran for nine minutes — including a brief appearance by the star. It wasn’t difficult to see why the show wasn’t critically beloved, but there’s no denying Rihanna’s influence was clearly visible, from the belly chains to the see-through mesh tops to the high-slit skirts. In fact, a large part of the problem may be that the only person who can pull these clothes off is Rihanna herself.

And while some onlookers (like The Daily Beast’s Tom Sykes) found the collection “porny” and “hideous,” other acknowledge that the designs are likely to sell, no matter how bad: “She’s Rihanna, after all,” shrugged New York Magazine‘s Alex Rees. If you want to judge for yourself, River Island’s Facebook page is replaying the show on loop.

Tell us: What do you think of Rihanna’s debut clothing line? Would you buy any of the pieces?

–Alex Apatoff


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nadine on

Ok, the model on the left needs a serious hospital stay…let’s say for about 10 years or so!

Kimkay1969 on

Rihanna should be ashamed of herself for using those models. WOW!

Peeta on

I’m not sure how the girl on the far left is still alive. That is some severe emaciation.

sharon on

How are real women, if they so choose to wear these ‘clothes’, the real women with curves and shapes supposed to wear this? Oh that’s right! It’s Rihanna!

Marsha on

These “clothes” if you want to call the whole line that, aren’t anything new or original. There are some pieces that are wearable in the collection as they are more classic in tone than others. What bothered me is the music chosen to play as the line is debuted.

Patricia on

@lalo – I agree. The only ones buying are the girls who idolize her! No grown woman – meaning women not painfully trying to “stay young & 25 forever” – would wear these thinking she’s on top of her style game. And as the writer says: “…a large part of the problem may be that the only person who can pull these clothes off is rihanna herself.”. The models make it even harder to look at…distracting.

SamanthaJones on

I am so tired of those improvised fashion designers..youa singer sings..don’t pretend to be a designer when you have a team of people creating your looks for you..stop using your name for everything and stick singing for crying out loud

Julie on

The clothing looks like puke

Kim on

Anorexia is not in!! Thos girls need alot of food – NOW!! Hook that first model up to a feeding tube!

Kim on

Anorexia is not in!! Feed those girls right now! Hook that first model up to a feeding tube – PRONTO!

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