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Rihanna Debuts Her River Island Collection At London Fashion Week & Receives Tons Of Criticism For It

Submitted by on February 20, 2013 – 4:11 pmOne Comment

Looks like Rihanna might be waving goodbye to her future as a fashion designer. After months of preparation, the Barbadian beauty debuted her much-anticipated River Island clothing collection at London Fashion Week recently. The singer explained that the collection is a reflection of her personal style.

“Most love fashion and they want to express themselves through what they wear. That’s what I like to do. Launching at London Fashion Week is a dream come true for me,” Rihanna said weeks ago in an official statement. “I have wanted to design my own collection for a long time and to present my collection for River Island alongside all of the other great design talent at LFW is a real privilege. I can’t wait to see the reaction from my fans and the fashion press!”

Instead of the typical runway show, Rih-Rih introduced her threads in what appeared to be a futuristic warehouse inside the walls of the Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street. Riddled with mesh shirts that left nothing to the imagination, mid-riff baring tops and dresses, ill-fitting Bermuda shorts, and tops that provided little support for the model’s breasts, Rihanna’s River Island collection was quickly panned by the critics.

“Rihanna’s show was a tiresome, underwhelming, and uninspired marketing exercise,” said Tom Sykes of The Daily Beast. “The clothes were hideous and without an ounce of panache or style between them. It was like Fright Night in Kmart.”

Added Rebecca Adams of 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?”

But Rihanna took the criticism in stride and said, “It’s not costume, it’s not too sexy. I designed every piece in the collection so I could wear it and I think my fans trust my style so they’ll have fun with it.”

The Rihanna x River Island clothing collection goes on sale on March 5. Check out the runway show and behind-the-scenes footage below. Will you be rocking these looks “phresh off the runway” when they hit stores?

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