Rihanna for River Island: the verdict

After what feels like the longest build-up in fashion history (well, this year at least…) the Rihanna for River Island collection finally arrived online this morning. We take a look at some of the pieces and ask what you think of them: will you be shopping the Rihanna for River Island collection, or do you think Rih’s gone out of her way to create some crimes of fashion? Let’s take a look…

Models promoting the Rihanna for River Island collection

We should probably begin this post by saying that not being part of the demographic that could reasonably be expected to want to dress like Rihanna (and to have the lifestyle to make that possible: i.e. most of this stuff wouldn’t go down well at the office, but it might work in a club…), we’re obviously not part of the target customer group here. YOU might be, though, so with all of that said, here are our main observations…

crop tops and skirts from the Rihanna for River Island range

You’re going to need either the body of Rihanna or the confidence of Rihanna to pull some of this stuff off…

That’s not to say that only the super-slim should attempt to wear these clothes, but there are a lot of crop tops (which most of you were n’t exactly keen on when we asked you about them…), and a lot of body-con stuff, which is exactly what you’d expect from a collection “designed” by Rihanna, really.

bright yellow clothes from the Rihanna for River Island range

Wow, that’s a lot of yellow…

We’re fans of yellow in general, but there’s no denying it can be a tough shade for many people to wear, and this particular shade is on the eye-searing side. Not for shrinking violets, that’s for sure.

The bad and the good…

jeans from the Rihanna for River Island collection

We were pleased to see some higher-waisted denim as part of this collection: low-rise has reigned for too long, and it’s no friend to the muffin top. We’re pretty sure we have no need for the double-denim, double-waistband look, however, which creates the appearance of ¬†wearing one pair of jeans layered over another pair. It makes us uncomfortable to even THINK of it…


dress and two skirts from the Rihanna for River Island line

Another suspected fashion crime comes in the form of this “Look, I’m wearing a shirt tied around my hips!” look. We say if we want to wear a shirt tied around your waist… get a shirt and tie it around your waist. Rather that than buy Stuck-Together-Clothes, anyway.

And finally…

striped shirt dress with long tail

The inmates of the Fashion Police jail have some new nightshirts, courtesy of Rihanna for River Island. Thanks, Rih-Rih!

So, what do you think? Will you be buying anything from this collection? Take a look at some more items in the gallery below, or head over to River Island to go shopping.

GALLERY: Rihanna for River Island


  • March 5, 2013

    Maria Branco


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  • March 5, 2013


    This collection makes me grateful to be old. Of course, I didn’t wear ridiculous clothes when I was young either. But really, there is freedom in being free from the expectation of being fashionable.

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  • March 6, 2013


    What fresh hell is this?

    (I’m 22 years-old…. Does that mean I’m too old for this stuff, or is it really as scary it appears to me?)

    It’s not all hideous….. But really, when you have SEVERAL items of clothing made to look like you’ve tied a shirt around your waist (that’s NEVER a good look, even when the clothes aren’t stuck together), one has a hard time looking at the non-criminals of the collection.

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  • March 6, 2013


    The shirt tied around the waist is what my friends and I call a “sofa”; “Sweater Over Fat Ass”

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  • March 11, 2013


    That’s just plain ugly. Ugh! Especially that strange “truncated-dungarees” top.

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  • March 18, 2013


    That collection has my least favorite tone of blue jeans :S

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