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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bec215 on

P.S…. a friend went to Fashion Week in NYC – lunch at an all-day event? A small box of roasted almonds, a small packet of air-dried kale chips (an appetite supressant), and a bottle of “juice cleanse” (i.e., fruit juice + natural plant-derived laxatives). How twisted is that?!

Heidi on

Eeeeeeeek. Last time I checked eating was ok to do. Maybe Rihanna should put the smoke down while okaying this s***. Just a thought.

Nanna Victoria on

I would buy the middle skirt. It’s quite cute, with the knot and so. I would love to see the rest of the collection!

m on

The only item I would maybe buy is the skirt in the middle picture – to use as a cover up when I go to the beach – and only if the price is less than $10 because it certainly isn’t worth more than that. Can’t say I’m surprised though. This girl has horrible fashion sense. She should stick to singing – and personally I don’t think her music is all that great either – but it is at least better than the clothes. As for the models – they need serious medical help – particularly the one on the left.

Jas on

Its just bad. Really really bad. I don’t understand what makes celebrities think that they can be designers. They have stylists to give to a sense a style. That doesn’t translate into being a fashion designer. They should leave to people with actual talent.

Maren on

Non eating models wearing items found in the garbage dispose…fun!! Where does this idea come from

Siobhan on

It looks like Rihanna created clothing for hersef and not the public. The clothes do not, in my opinion, look to have been made with great quality. Have to agree with a previous poster, that Madonna had this look when she first entered the music scene back inthe 1980’s. And in my opinion it was more realistic and cooler and creative when Madonna had the look, because she was and is an original.

Cannot understand why some singers try are given fashion lines and are better at just wearing designs by professionals. I love Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and Sofia Vergara clothing lines/ and accessories lines.

Betsy on

Lol at the review. And the clothing line isn’t something somebody could just wear out on a regular day. Maybe if you wanted to be a hooker, then yes.

Kat on

Ghetto Fabulous Line

Tanya on

No, I wouldn’t buy this stuff. How can you wear this without getting arrested?

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