The Daily Beast described Rihanna‘s collection for British retailers River Island during London Fashion Week as “tiresome, underwhelming and uninspired marketing exercise.” Others have ripped the ready-to-wear collection to shreds, calling it “a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.”
For fashion aficionados across the globe the reviews spell out one thing: The She By Sheree phoenix will rise once again. To the Salvation Armani we go!
Below are reasons compiled by The Huffington Post that the debut didn’t fair so well:
- 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.
- The whole thing was a little too heavy on the nineties vibe. It doesn’t get more literal than a Baywatch-inspired red one piece.
- The River Island show wasn’t part of the official London Fashion Week lineup. Unlike Katie Holmes’ Holmes & Yang line and Victoria Beckham’s critically-acclaimed collections that occupy respected slots on the schedule, Rihanna’s clothes were already at a disadvantage before the show even started.
- Cara Delevingne sat front row. The 20-year-old model of the moment has become one of our favorite fashion girls, so it’s a little disconcerting to see her becoming besties with a woman who tweets things like this.
- Rihanna didn’t technically design the clothes. The singer worked with designer Adam Selman via email and phone calls and then attended fittings after samples were made, according to Vogue UK. So, um, did she even touch the fabric she draped the models in?
“No one went to Rihanna’s Saturday night debut as a fashion designer expecting demure dresses set off with tasteful pearls,” writes Associated Press journalist Gregory Katz. Agreed.
Emily London of Refinery 29 notes: “Her style DNA was infused into every stitch of the fabric. From the thigh-high-split maxi dresses and not-for-the-faint-hearted mesh vests to the ’90s-inspired crop tops and matching short shorts, the looks could only have been designed by this woman.”
What’s your verdict on Rihanna’s debut collection for River Island? Weigh in in the comments below!