Rihanna debuted her first-ever fashion collection Saturday night as part of London Fashion Week, and depending on who you believe, it was an unmitigated disaster or a triumph of young, streetwise style.
The presentation of the collection, a joint venture with the British brand River Island, was presented in a decommissioned post office on London's New Oxford Street, and lasted just nine minutes, according to the British paper The Sun, which said that the show got underway 50 minutes late because Rihanna was tardy.
The Daily Beast called the 120-piece collection "hideous," lacking either "panache or style." The website's critic also labeled Rihanna's clothes "unsurprisingly slutty and yet tiresomely predictable," and suggested that if a guy were to meet a girl in a bar wearing one of the looks, he might think she was a prostitute. Furthermore, the critic slammed Rihanna's latest project as a "cynical marketing exercise entirely devoid of inspiration or authenticity." Ouch.