(Yahoo!) - RiRi for River Island? Fashion experts gave a resounding eye roll upon hearing that the often scantily-clad singer had designed an entire collection for the UK fast fashion brand (for us Americans, think somewhere between Forever 21 and Bebe). But the singer was nonetheless given a full fashion week treatment in London on Saturday with a well-executed runway show geared towards "sassy, young personalities".
The singer said of her designs, “It’s a lot of me. I’m being very selfish, I designed every piece so I that can wear it. I think my fans trust my style and I think they’ll have fun.” And she was right: Turns out she already has worn some very similar looks from other designers.
In true fashion week, uh, fashion, the live-streamed show had viewers waiting almost an hour and a half to see the collection, and was meanwhile subjected to a dulling six-time repeat of Rihanna's behind-the-scenes videos. When the show finally started, Rihanna brought her own concert experience to the catwalk, showing on a five-tiered stage with a traditional audience set up and a soundtrack that included Jay-Z, A$AP Rocky, and of course, Rihanna’s own “Phresh Out The Runway”.
The collection was quite palatable with 90s-inspired bold primary colors, floral prints, sheer dresses, cholo-buttoned blouses, jersey maxi dresses, crop tops, bra tops, shirts tied around the waist 90s style, scandalous meshes and bodysuits, body necklaces, lots of Angelina leg slits andplenty of visible nip à la Rihanna at the Grammys.
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