What were people expecting, Rihanna’s line to be classy? While some of the British press was fawning over RihRih and comparing her to Princess Diana it seems that not everyone is a fan of her new River Island line, which made it’s debut in London over the weekend.
You’ve gotta read how Daily Beast writer Tom Sykes trashed her show:
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.
Even before Rihanna unveiled her unsurprisingly slutty and yet tiresomely predictable collection for River Island at London Fashion Week tonight, there were many who said that it was a mistake to allow the world’s most famous pop star of the moment to hijack an event which is supposed to be about celebrating creativity, passion and original thinking in fashion (as opposed to lazily co-opting celebrity endorsement to shift mediocre, mass-market product, which is what McDonalds is for).
Wow… That’s harsh.
But Sykes also fairly questioned Rihanna’s credentials:
Rihanna’s a fantastic singer with a talent for publicity, but has she ever drawn a line of chalk on a piece of cloth? Graded a pattern? Spent a year or four at St Martin’s?
But the bashing didn’t end there:
Rihanna claimed in a pre-show promotional video that her collection was “casual”, “chic” and “flirty”.
In the event it was like Fright Night in Kmart.
But doubtless this hardly matters to Ri-Ri. She flew in today, she’ll probably be on the first flight back tomorrow, dismissing the haters like me, her million dollar cheque safely cashed, her part of the contract fulfilled.
No doubt the River Island collection will sell furiously to Rihanna’s fans, who will be delighted with the new, porny additions to their wardrobes. Maybe – brace, brace – she’ll even be back for a second season.
Yikes… Does this make you want to run out and buy the line or what?
Hit the flip for shots from the show to see what you’d be getting yourself into.