Rihanna… Clothing Optional

Trendsetting musician Rihanna recently debuted her hugely-anticipated clothing line with high street brand River Island at London’s prestigious Fashion Week. The daring star is known for her risqué fashion and ability to push boundaries, and this is reflected in her range, albeit a little restrained. Spanning casual wardrobe items to chic evening wear, there are a number of pieces which display a direct correlation between Rihanna’s typical attire and her clothing line.

Prime examples are the midriff-baring high-neck t-shirts and knotted vest tops. Rihanna is renowned for her fabulously toned frame and these particular items from her collection offer an opportunity to accentuate a small waist while sustaining some modesty. With a mixture of bright fluorescent yellows and neutral browns hues, these items cater both to women who like to stand out and those who prefer a more low-key appearance.

Rihanna has stated that she “finds London really inspiring” and she has clearly been inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s punk aesthetic, as well as a hint of grunge, during the creation of her lace-up platform boots. This directly mirrors the androgynous look shown through Paul Smith’s 2013/2014 Autumn/Winter collection. Although these boots are not something I would wear, I can definitely see these on lovers of grunge chic.

The Bajan native’s red-carpet favourite of thigh-split maxi dresses is a reoccurring appearance within her line and is the perfect way to blend femininity with mystery, and thus emit sex appeal. This is definitely one of my favourite pieces in the collection as it radiates with glamour. Teamed with Louboutins, drop earrings, smoky eyes and rouge lips, this is ideal for any caviar and champagne occasion.

Rihanna’s line has received a mixed response. Critics branded the line’s large hoop earrings, bright colours and crop tops as “horrible”. Some even went as far to say “slutty”.  Although fashion is regenerative, the prominent essence of 90s nostalgia was a topic of debate amongst critics, while others claimed it was “high fashion”. Considering Rihanna’s attitude, I am sure she is not the least bit phased, and in her defense, at least consumers can see that she has been a part of the design process.

Rihanna states that her collection is for “all types of women” and it appears that she has thought about this with slightly more conservative items, hemlines of differing lengths, as well as daring, urban pieces.  Ultimately, with its streamline cuts, form-fitting style and grunge element, this line is catered for confident fashionistas who like to make a statement, much like the singer herself.  The 120-piece collection ensures there is something for everyone, especially if you wish to step out of your comfort zone. The collection hits stores on March 5, 2013.


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