London Fashion Week moved into high international gear Saturday night with a debut collection from Barbadian pop diva Rihanna.
No one went to Rihanna's debut as a fashion designer expecting demure dresses set off with tasteful pearls. So no one was surprised by the double-volume hip-hop music, smoke machines and champagne that greeted guests at the unveiling of her Rihanna for River Island collection.
And few were taken aback by the bad girl, rock chick styling of some of her clothes, with tight-fitting jersey outfits and dresses cut to show more than a bit of leg.
It was a fun, flattering collection aimed at young women, containing nothing shocking or outrageous from a singer who has been known to bring those elements to her live performances.
Many of Rihanna's outfits had a simple, monochrome look — in off-reds, yellow, navy, black and other colors — and they were cut to look good on those blessed with a fit physique. Rihanna also tried her hand at a few elegant, semi-sheer dresses that were predominantly black with white floral patterns.
The singer appeared unusually shy but happy in her brief appearance on the catwalk to take in the audience's applause.
The Associated Press