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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josh on

those women need to it some f’ing food

LaTanya on


ME on

seriously, the only thing i saw was those SKINNY ladies…, EEEEK they need to eat!!!!

Miriam on

I am not a huge fan of her style in the first place but this is just tacky and cheap-looking.

yep on

These “fashions” look like something less than what you would find at the 99 cent store. Lazy and garbage like.

Sarah on

Hey RiRi, Madonna wants her look back…. There is nothing new here, all of the styles have been done before. LAME.

mopps2010 on

The girl in the middle’s knees look like she has been on them too much.

lalo on

well i dont think any chain will be able to sell these kind of clothes. i mean you cant sell concert outfits to general population. are they supposed to wear it in work?

and yeah, thats not skinny, thats like aua cant find words to describe it

melody on

Don’t know what’s worse, the clothes or the sickning skinny models. Yuk

iamjustbeinghonest on

Looks like they left their boobs at home….girls this is not a good look at all. Eat healthy, exercise and have a positive body image. Its not cute to look sick.

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