WE’VE witnessed many a celebrity tryst with fashion over the years: sometimes it can end well, a lot of times it doesn’t. Katie Holmes has officially hung up her designing hat, we barely hear about Beyoncé’s efforts anymore and the Kardashians just won’t get out of your face with their products.
But now is the turn of pop superstar Rihanna and her debut collection with River Island, being shown at London Fashion Week. But is this the work of a true designer or just a celebrity cash-in?
The response to the much-anticipated catwalk show was a mixed bag to say the least. Some say its genius and oh-how-wonderful Rihanna is to know how to design clothes when she barely wears any herself. Others are of a different school of thought and think, if this is what the next generation is going to be wearing, we’re all f**ked. At this point in time, I’m leaning towards to the latter.
To give Rihanna (real name Robyn Fenty) her dues, there were a couple of pieces that were quite stylish and wouldn’t make you look like a streetwalker. But she was already on thin ice with the press before the show started, tweeting a picture of a huge cannabis plant that she received as a Valentine’s Day present (and to think I only got roses!), which made River Island balk in horror. We, the audience, hoped that Ri-Ri would redeem herself in a spectacular show of new and inspired designs that in her own words, everyone could wear.
However, the 120-piece collection may have fallen a little flat on its face. I’m sure many a critic thought, if a former Spice Girl can take over the fashion industry, why can’t Rihanna? One word: class. The collection, which was showcased on a number of nightclub podiums, lacked a certain innovation and elegance. The midriff-flashing, thigh-high slit loving, baseball cap-wearing clientele of River Island will surely fawn over this collection but for anyone else, the collection fell like a lead balloon.
So the question on everyone’s mind is, has Rihanna been able to earn her status as a designer or should she stick to releasing records or making bad romantic decisions? After her capsule collection for Giorgio Armani in 2010 and her obvious zeal for designing, the word on our lips should be yes, but after a collection like that, I as a critic, am staying firmly on the fence for this one.
Photo c/o madhousemnl.com
Until next time,