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Sunday 28 December 2014

How much does Rihanna's River Island collection reflect her personal style?

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Rihanna's capsule collection for River Island

Rihanna isn’t the first musical hipster to go from dog’s dinner to fashion plate, but just how accurately does her new collection for River Island reflect her own personal style?

The high street capsule she unveiled during London Fashion Week last month is billed as a range of pieces that Ri-Ri herself would wear, from casual jersey basics to denim cut-offs, slit skirts and a cutaway monokini. So far, so sassy.

Nothing here jars with her public image: we’ve all seen her cavorting on holiday or raving it up in something similar. We’ve clocked her larging it on the shoulders of a bald man doing goodness knows what on his glabrous pate while dressed in a shorts and a slogan T-shirt.

But she seems to have grown up a bit of late, in Azzedine Alaia gowns and tumbling curls. Just as her streetwear range launches, has Ri-Ri has shifted from pavement style to penthouse chic?

Monochrome prison stripes

The only way to wear stripes this spring. It’s almost as if someone in marketing told Rihanna that this is exactly what people will want to buy.

Sporty, sexy, cool

A combination that manages to be both ladylike and a bit trashy at the same time, thanks to cut and colour. Most importantly, it’s see-through.

Glamorous grunge

This looks like something Ri-Ri would have worn at the beginning of her career, before she got all posh. A bit 1990s and a bit stompy – a hit.

The thigh’s the limit

This should look cheap, but somehow it doesn’t. Top marks here, Rihanna, for fashionable restraint: flesh on show OR fluorescents. But never both.

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