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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Lynn C on

I couldn’t get past the malnourished women to even notice the clothes…..Yikes.!!

Beth on

Those clothes are atrocious, but like the article said, they will probably sell to someone just because her name is attached to them. Being perfectly honest, people would vomit if my flabby fat butt walked down the street in one of those outfits.

tomfool on

god, those models are beyond anorexic. Get them out of that unhealthy environment and into a better place where eating isn’t a crime! :O

NanC on

Wow. This is BAD! Looks like clothes from the thrift store, actually WORSE!!! Shame on her for thinking people would call this fashion. Sorry. Take some tips from Selena Gomez, who has a Great clothing selection for young ladies.

Pam on

Looks like something that will end up on a Walmart clearance rack!

Lori on

This is fashion? I guess if you’re a street walker..
Can’t see anyone else wearing these so called “fashions”

Guest on

Nothing against Rihanna, I love when she is covered up a little more. Aside from that her clothing looks like the cheap clothing/costumes in an adult store.

ColeB on

You couldn’t even sell these at Walmart, and for the love of god, the emaciated look is not fashionable or attractive. Yuck.

Anita on

No, I would not buy any of her clothes, just like I do not buy any of her music. She is not someone I admire so I do not support her with my purchases.

bec215 on

Question is, why did anyone think this would turn out any other way than it did?

This young lady has no class and cheap style, but it’s the fact she clearly felt no sense of responsibility to the store that hired her to make something that would sell for them that reveals her true character.

Please stop telling singers they can act, design, etc., and do like perfumers and put a professional behind their name to do the real work!

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