Rihanna turns fashion designer

NYREE MCFARLANE
Last updated 12:31 19/02/2013

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Rihanna certainly triumphed in the style stakes at The Grammys, but her personal fashion fluctuates between the ethereal yet still edgy and the downright trashy (just take a trawl through her Instagram account to see the contrast). 

So it's no surprise that her first ready-to-wear collection for high street brand River Island (which delivers to NZ) at A/W 13 London Fashion Week has divided critics. Tom Sykes from 'The Daily Beast' sees the clothes as "hideous without an ounce of panache", while 'MTV Style's' Chrissy Mahlmeister is "totally on-board with her comfy girly-yet-grunge pieces". Meanwhile, 'Elle's' fashion director, Anne-Marie Curtis has, perplexingly, dubbed the collection "an ode to all things high fashion", adding that it is "Eighties Norma Kamali meets Alexander Wang luxe sportswear". 

Maybe the 'haters' were just angry that the pop princess had made them wait an hour for her nine minute fashion show - a logistical nightmare at LFW, where there are over a dozen shows a day. 

Our thoughts? Considering these are high street pieces that start from NZD$45, we can't compare them with the thousand-dollar plus pieces on the other runways. That said, Ri-Ri is no VB: the sillouhettes are cheap, the cuts uninspired and many of the items unwearable. We're also guessing she didn't spend hours over a sewing machine in the collection's creation, and is more likely to have ticked off a few sketches.

So no, we won't be asking friends in the States to queue up to buy the pieces (H&M's designer tie-ups still win in our books). 

- Now you be the critic and tell us what you think in the comments below. 

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