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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Mac on

The whole collection looks like a 9th graders school project

calvind on

I actually love the line.. Its different. Love the pants in the first pic and the top in the second. Im sure she will have a lot more designs to come!

dianasaurusrexx on

Toooooo thiiinnnnnn. Clothes and girls.

gianna on

Not surprised. How can someone who hardly wears any clothe themselves know much about fashion. But, from what she showed, the cloth look like the tacky things she wears when she has clothe on. And, where did she find these dreadful models? They look like they haven’t eaten in years! Another check as to why Rihanna is NOT A ROLE MODEL!

Lynn on

Wow, it is just all bad. Rihanna always looks so good on the red carpet, I kind of thought her fashion line would be better then this. I mean, seriously? There is not one thing new here in the way of fashion and the heroin-sheik models do not do anything to help the look. She had to be high to think this line is something to actually have a fashion show for.

marya on

Fashion for corpses…yikes!

lianna on

i think the models are gorgeous and inspirational… i don’t know why everyone had got their panties in a twist…

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