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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Lori Anne on

Even the models look miserable…

Journey on

Like another poster wrote “where do you wear these fashions”??? The only place I can think of is at the beach.

Dawn on

Rihanna, Would you wear these? I think she has a good sense of style, but clearly didn’t use it for this clothing line.

Carolyn on


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D on

Really??? I personally do not know anyone that sick looking! I also know that I wouldn’t wear those clothes! Rihanna take those girls to eat!

guest on

maybe if she spent more time on the clothes and less time posting pictures of the marijuana bouquets… or smoking it… then she could have been successful…

what the heck is she doing to her life????

Janis on

The models look like stick people and the .. “clothing” … look like rags from good will they threw on becasue some one came to the door…

Wow on

horrendous fashion from a horrendously tacky person

Sherae on

The only celeb with acceptable fashion lines are Victoria Beckham and Kimora Lee Simmons. WHO thought Rihanna would give them something Fashion-Week worthy? She can’t even give a decent live singing performance. The clothes are heinous.

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