Rihanna’s latest collection for River Island is… interesting

Rihanna’s latest collection for River Island has been getting lots of plaudits on Twitter this week, so we decided we’d better take a look and see what all the fuss was about. Well, first of all we’re going to be generous and assume it ISN’T about either of these:

adult onesies: Rihanna for River Island collection

Adult onesies. GOD. What do we have to to make this ridiculous trend (And yes, we’re calling it a “trend”: they may technically be lounge/sleepwear, but when they’re included in a celebrity fashion collection and most major brands stock them, that’s a trend, people. And it doesn’t seem to want to die.) We’ve already pointed out that they make adults look like toddlers. That if someone knocked on the door while you were “lounging” in a giant rabbit suit, you might feel pretty silly. That the “So! Comfy!” argument only really works here if you never have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and we’re old, so we do. (Question: do the adult onsie-wearers put on the onesie to lounge in, and then change into something else to go to bed? Because we just can’t see them being all that “comfy to sleep in, but surely that extra outfit change kinda negates the “lazy” aspect, which is presumably the whole point of onesies?)

Um, that turned into a bit of an un-planned attack on adult onesies, didn’t it? It’s not that they don’t deserve it, obviously, but back to the topic at hand: Rihanna for River Island. And these shorts:

Rihanna for River Island mesh shorts

Leather. Mesh. Shorts. And a high-shine version too, no less. We’re genuinely curious about who’s looking at these and thinking, “Yup, that’s where my £90 is going this month!” Because, well, it’s NOT US. Is it you? Are you desperate to get your hands on these? How/where will you wear them? These are serious questions: The Fashion Police need to know, so please feel free to enlighten us if you can.

While we wait for the answer to that particular mystery, we present the following evidence from the rest of this collection. These items will be available in selected stores from tomorrow, and some of them can be pre-ordered online now. Some of them have already sold out online, too, though, so that’s another mystery to be addressed.

Oh yeah, and there’s another pair of “bin-bag” pants. We can already tell this is going to be our next pet hate.

As always, take a look and tell us what you think!

GALLERY: Rihanna for River Island


  • September 11, 2013


    I like the yellow shirt and the black one that looks just like it but that’s because they look like baseball jerseys and I happen anything that looks like that.

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  • September 12, 2013


    So much CAMO! Aaaahhhh!!

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  • September 15, 2013


    I don’t know who’d take fashion advice off Rihanna anyway she always dresses terribly.

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  • September 16, 2013


    I love the boots and possibly the undies set.

    Everything else can burn in a fire.

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