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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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alaskagirl7 on

The grey skirt is kind of cute, but the slit is a little too high. Other than that……ick! And I agree, these models are sickly thin and shot at a very unflattering angle. To appear thinnner you shoot from below. These models definitely don’t need that!

punkfunk13 on

the too skinny models and the lighting made the clothes look even worse :/
When Rihanna goes on the red carpet I see her beautiful face the most xx

LC on

These models look sick and the “fashion” looks like something I would have put together at age 7…if I were a prostitute

Nor'easter on

So so sad. It’s the direction things are going.

guest on

Those women look like they are starving! Some people are naturally super thin, but not these girls. EAT SOMETHING!

fanofboardwalkempire on

you are right- the only person who can wear those looks and pull them off nicely is RIRi herself. What is this point of this collection?

Lilly on

Why is People waisting time on Rhiana? As we all know she is not a good example to our Society, She made up her bed when she decided to take back Chris Brown.

Lilly on

I wish People would stop promoting Rhiana, she is not a good example!!! Once she decided to take Chris Brown back that should have been the end of her !!!

Lilly on

I wish People would stop promoting Rhiana, SHE IS NOT A GOOD EXAMPLE TO WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD. Once she decided to take Chris Brown back I was done with her.

lilly on

Rhiana is not a good example to our community, can People PLEASE stop doing articles on her?????? She was done when she took Chris Brown back.

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