This collection, named “Release 5-19” is undeniably one for the modern businesswoman. It features power suits with broad shoulders and cinched waists, futuristic sunglasses, golden jewelry, slim heels and even high quality Japanese denim.
Some online critics were quick to insist that the garments in the collection were ill fitting or had rather non-flattering silhouettes, but keep in mind that her vision for the line was to make clothes that were suited for her own body shape as a curvy woman. Rihanna is pioneering in diversifying both the fashion industry and the beauty industry, just like her many shades of foundation she has promised to include a variety of sizes to each piece (up to a size EU46). Rihanna’s own size is actually one of the smaller ones.
“I’m thick and curvy right now, and so if I can’t wear my own stuff then, I mean, that’s not gonna work, right?” - Rihanna (T Magazine)
The first look the collection gave off a street-esque Jacquemus vibes with the color range, the cut and a few of the campaign images. Her collection is noticeably inspired by some of her past outfits by other designers. One can argue that making redesigns of her old outfits might not be the best idea in terms of where you draw the line on inspiration vs copying. Rihanna herself, is the muse of the line, therefore we want to see authenticity more than anything else.
Has she succeeded in conceptualizing her personal style into an actual collection?
She has been open about her doubts of succeeding with her first lineup due to her own lack of knowledge in fabrics and garment construction just to name a few. This is a very brave confession and goes to show how self-doubt shouldn’t stand in the way of you achieving your dreams.