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Rihanna on Her Latest River Island Collection: ‘I Wanted to Make Clothes for Fat Days’


Just two months after Rihanna’s River Island had its momentous debut at London Fashion Week, the singer’s second collection for the British brand is upon us. She gave a preview of her new hoodies, off-the-shoulder crop tops, spaghetti-strap dresses, and tie-dye prints in this rather awkward video, which is far too long and feels like rough footage of a scripted reality show. See her offer the following “critiques” as designer Adam Selman and various other River Island employees hold up items for her approval:

“I loooooove this!”

“Is there any way this hood could be a little stiffer? Even if it had a shoulder pad, that would be better.”

“The floral, I think, is very timeless. Usually it’s very chic, and very floral and fun. But I don’t want it to be typical florals, I wanted it to be gangsta, still a little muted so that you could wear it with rock-and-roll stuff.”

Selman is also charged with asking Rihanna a few lowball questions, including, “What made you want to get into fashion design?” (Which seems pretty after-the-fact at this point in the process, but no matter.) She answers:

I just wanted stuff that I wanted to wear because at the end of the day that’s what got me into designing — seeing things on the rack that were great, but that could have been a little more me … Maybe they could have been a little longer or shorter, or have a little more sex appeal or a little less. I wanted to make clothes for fat days; stuff that I want to wear. I was being selfish. Hopefully, my friends and people who shop at River Island will have the same taste.

What a relief to know that you can STILL dress like Rihanna even on mornings after too much late-night pizza! Right?

Rihanna: ‘I Wanted to Make Clothes for Fat Days’