Last night, pop singer and fashion icon, Rihanna debuted her anticipated collaboration with British retailer, River Island at London Fashion Week.
When asked about the line, available at River Island (http://us.riverisland.com/), Rihanna was quoted saying, “ “It’s a lot of me. I’m being very selfish, I designed every piece so I that can wear it. I think my fans trust my style and I think they’ll have fun. The looks are easy, laid-back, chic, flirty, but not very conservative. I think everyone can wear this line. It’s not costume-y, not too sexy, it’s just simple.”
Opinions of the show and the collection itself varied a great deal. While some thought the line fully reflected Rihanna’s style, others were highly disappointed. Not only were attendees disappointed in the overall clothing itself claiming that they were too “raunchy” and “pornographic”, they were also upset about the show starting almost an hour late, and the poor choice of music — Memphis Bleek “Do My Ladies Run This Mutha F*ker” and ASAP Rocky “F*cking Problems” — just to name a few. Luckily with a little editing magic we are able to bring you a work appropriate soundtrack of the show. Check it out below.
With the line scheduled to debut in River Island retailers on March 5, it is not looking like too many of fashion’s elite will be apart of the Rihanna Navy. Here is what some of them had to say:
Tom Sykes,The Daily Beast:
“There were few who anticipated a fashion triumph, but, even allowing for the limited expectations, Rihanna’s collection for River Island as brought forth in London tonight was a horror show. The clothes were hideous and without an ounce of panache or style between them. True, there were some consolations. For example, if you really, really like belly buttons, if you are totally nuts for navels, then this could be the collection for you. If you only feel capable of wearing clothes on the lower half of your body if they are slashed up to your waist, then again, you are in luck. Similarly, if you were a guy hoping for a one night stand and a girl started chatting to you in a bar wearing anything from the Rihanna for River Island collection, you could feel fair confident you’d be getting lucky. The only lingering uncertainty in your mind would be whether or not she would take a credit card.””
Rebecca Adams, The Huffington Post:
“RiRi was an hour late for her nine-minute fashion show. We know timeliness isn’t de rigueur during fashion week, but making attendees wait a whole hour? Even we can’t pretend to check emails on our iPhones for that long. Nipple-baring, crotch-flashing mesh outfits and bra tops aren’t exactly what a stylish gal wants to throw on for a casual night out.The entire collection was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. … Rihanna didn’t technically design the clothes… Did she even touch the fabric she draped the models in?”
Chrissy Malhmeister , MTV Style :
” She kicked off her show with Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Clique” blasting to a light show on a multi-level platform stage, and then sent out a two-piece denim ensemble for her opening look. She remixed traditional denim overalls but cutting them into two pieces and adding an extra layer of baggy jeans (literally) on top of a lighter pair, which we’ve never seen before.”
Do you think that the line will be a hit, or has Rihanna already ruined her chances of becoming a respected designer in the fashion industry? Let us know below.