The ELLE office is abuzz with Rihanna excitement. Its a double whammy. Not only, as you will have heard by now, is the pop sensation our April cover star, but tomorrow shes in London to unveil her collection for River Island.
Well be backstage to bring you an exclusive first look at whats shaping up to be the biggest party of London Fashion Week. But, while the rest of the fashion industry has to wait until the clothes hit the catwalk tomorrow night to see exactly what it looks like, weve been lucky enough to see it already. ELLEs Fashion Director, Anne-Marie Curtis, styled Rihanna for her cover shoot in the pieces that the singer had designed. Heres her verdict:
OK, Ill be honest; when I heard Rihanna was doing a collection for River Island, my first reaction was, "Great, but not for me." I'm a big fan of her music but my perception of her style was squarely rooted in the raunchy stage wear and street style that are synonymous with her image. How wrong I was.
'Aside from a nod to street style in the denim section, the collection was an ode to all things high fashion. Think Eighties Norma Kamali meets Alexander Wang luxe sportswear. From fluid jersey dresses to sweatshirts to all-in-ones and varying length skirts almost exclusively in a navy, black and white palette, there are myriad options here for even the most discerning fashion eye. Stand-out items include a black jersey column evening dress, a brilliantly cut bra top, a navy cropped sweatshirt, and a properly fabulous denim jumpsuit. My personal favourite, if I had to choose one thing, is a jersey skirt that has a silk shirt attached with sleeves that tie at the waist (less complicated than it sounds!). I spotted at least half a dozen pie More