Rihanna’s Capsule Collection for Armani

Posted on May 14, 2012

Everyone’s favorite wig model, Rihanna, has put forth her second capsule collection for Armani. Mr. Press Release has something to say about THAT:

“The spirit is classic American denim with a vintage feel and features three pieces of denim, four T-shirts, a leather jacket and a canvas bag in two sizes.

Given that Rihanna is known for being so feminine and sensual, it may come as a surprise to find the designs boyish in their style. A classic tartan pri–“

Actually, we’re going to cut you off there, Mr. Press Release, because you’re already starting to get boring and besides, we don’t really agree with your premise. These clothes aren’t surprising at all because they look like they came right out of Rihanna’s own closet.


Seriously. It’s about as direct an interpretation of one person’s style as you could ask for. If you dig Ri’s style, then these are the clothes for you. They’re cute, but we think they take a special gal to pull some of them off. Far be it for us to dictate to ladies what they can and cannot wear, so we won’t single out any one


piece, though.




[Photo Credit: armani.com]

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    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4KLZGI7NMQE2LQDYYSMPFXANW4 Uche

      Nothing popped out at me.Honestly I’ve seen some similar pieces at my local thrift (I’m not ashamed to admit I shop there. Where else can I afford a Coach bag?),so I’m slightly unimpressed. Although the grey jacket and the pop of plaid shorts are cute.

      • MK03

        Ooh, your thrift stores have Coach?? I’ve never lucked into one of those. I did, however, find a leather Gucci bag once for $20. 

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/4KLZGI7NMQE2LQDYYSMPFXANW4 Uche

          Always hit the thrift stores near rich areas.My mother found a Kate Spade and a Prada.

          • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

            ooh. sound advice. I’ll be trying that.

        • lovelyivy

           Lucky you! Ebay really killed the joy of thrift shopping for me- it seems much harder to find nice things these days, and I don’t have the time to be patient!

      • BrooklynBomber

        You’d have to be able to take them seriously for anything to pop out at you. These are the clothing (I won’t even say fashion, ’cause they’re not) equivalent of store brand white bread and baloney. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jozayt/100002949685297 Deborah Jozayt

          Don’t compare her clothing to baloney! That’s just downright cruel to the baloney!

          • BrooklynBomber


      • judith traherne

        heh, I found a Coach shoulder bag at Goodwill last year for $5. 

        • MilaXX

          I have what Coach now calls it’s vintage collection that I got from a thrift shop. Great thing is coach will still service it as long as it is genuine and not fake. I was able to get a zipper repaired no problem.

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        I suppose I might have better luck at Goodwill if the one I went to were located anywhere but a lower-middle-class suburb in Connecticut.

        I did, however, have a lot of luck costuming myself for the two productions of Footloose I was in!

      • JosephLamour

        Once, I found a $990 Lanvin blazer for $20. DC thrift shops are amazing. Half the time they don’t know what they have.

    • j_anson

      I’m sure these pieces and the giant antelopes who buy them will be very happy together. (Seriously, what’s WITH those sketches?)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTG3A5BVL3JGIFT5M4MSPWYNCM Mathilde

         Agreed. The women on the sketches look so skinny it hurts. I mean, look at those legs on the third one. Ugh !

      • mixedupfiles

         Oh man. It didn’t really register until I read this comment and looked back, but in that jeans shorts sketch, the calves are twice as wide as the thighs. It’s happened – the fashion people don’t even know anymore what bodies look like. Distorted frame, ipso facto.

        • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

          It’s from walking in high heels all the time, duh. MAJOR calf workout.

          • Sophie Collier

            It’s not the legs that freaked me out, it’s the foot-wide crotch.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

        They’re horrifying. 

      • Pants_are_a_must

         Anyone as thin as in those sketches WOULD need to wear a heavy leather coat in the middle of the summer.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTG3A5BVL3JGIFT5M4MSPWYNCM Mathilde

      Not so exciting, except for the use of tartan. But it fits Ri though.

    • MK03

      Ehh, I kinda like the motorcycle jacket, but I can find the same thing at Express for a hell of a lot cheaper. 

    • shopgirl716

      I remember denim jump suits at the mall in 1979.  In Dallas.  Not a high recommendation.

    • kittenwithaquip

      Raggedy-ass jeans, t-shirts and canvas bags? Earth shattering! Innovative! Hey, you too can pay several thousands of dollars to look like this…or just raid the average teen girl’s closet. Ugh. Get your skanky ass off of my lawn before I turn the hose on you, Rihanna.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Where’s the side boob?  If I’m gonna channel a little RiRi in my wardrobe, I need way more opportunities to let it all hang loose. 

    • Lilithcat

      That’s baggy denim jumpsuit!

      Honest to god, these all look as though she does her shopping at Goodwill.  I mean, look at those denim shorts, all faded and torn!  Actually, Goodwill probably wouldn’t put them out; they’d just send them off to some third world country.

      • TropiCarla

        She (and I) grew up in ‘some third world country.’ 😉 The style makes perfect sense.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I’m definitely getting the second one for when I start my new job at the filling station down on the corner of Hickory and Main.

    • SpcilK

      Seriously. I could go into my aunt’s closet and find most of the same pieces from back in the day. She has more creativity than this, how uninspiring!

    • Beth G

      Meh.  I like the plaid.

    • Susan Crawford

      While the grey jacket is OK, there is nothing here that you can’t find at T. J. Maxx. Seriously, I’m glad RiRi has a day job.

    • NC_Meg

      God, please let that jumpsuit be a joke. Amen.

    • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

      Oh holy cats, I WANT that jacket. I would rock that jacket. The rest of it? Meh.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001637020912 Zula Khramov

      From the combination of ARMANI and RHIANNA I expected something much more than that

    • TieDye64

      Um, yeah, because the world needs more DENIMJUMPSUITS.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      I like the shorts but I don’t need to pay Armani prices to wear something similar.

    • AlinaValero

      that grey jacket would look good on pretty much anyone.

    • MilaXX

      I like it.  Not that I can wear it, but it’ s decent collection for a young 20something with disposable income. I even think the denim jumpsuit can work if worn correctly. Solange, Ciera, Eve could all rock one convincingly.

    • Anathema_Device

      I wore a denim jumpsuit with pride in middle school in the mid ’70s. I prefer to leave that in the category of “youthful fashion indiscretion.” The rest is so ordinary I can’t stand it. Skinny jeans and a graphic T. Whoo hoo! Although, that jacket is pretty sweet.

    • Le_Sigh


      You read my mind. 

      Perhaps some very chic auto mechanics have found the uniform of their dreams?

    • Beardslee

      Boring and that jumpsuit is just tragic.  And surely I’m not the only one who remembers that getting denim really faded took a lot of time and work and that the result was much admired.

    • Synnamin

      what the hell is up with jumpsuits lately? NO ONE I know, even fashionistas, are jumping onto that manufactured bandwagon.

    • Judy_J


    • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

      Wow, they all look like thing I browse by at thrift stores and go “EEWW” *slide hanger*.

    • Scarlet39

      The only question I’m left with is “why”? 

    • PeggyOC

      Good gravy.  Why would I pay designer prices for clothes I can get at Goodwill?  Seriously.  Nothing wrong with the looks, per say, if your style is really, rally casual.  But Armani?  Really?

    • kimmeister

      Who “designs” a canvas bag?  They look like what I use as recyclable grocery bags.

    • Sartorial_She

      The only thing that looked remotely interesting and stylish was that grey leather jacket. But on the Armani website it looks like ass!

      Also; wouldn’t be caught dead in anything identified with a “Rihanna” label.

    • Lina_bee

      Oh, Rhi, this vanity label crap is depressing, although it will doubtless make Armani a ton of cash. Why don’t you take a couple of years, get a degree in design, and make something truly interesting AND help build a niche for women of color among big name fashion designers. But, no. You’re just getting paid to play here…

    • Little_Olive

      I’m just glad a capsule collection  has nothing to do with 1) pills or 2) some kind of egg in which you get oxygen facials/sleep/cryopreserve yourself.    

    • marilyn

      It looks like Old Navy or Gap.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i would think armani would have enough dignity not to plaster a logo all over– well, anything. not like that. it looks sooooo cheap. & thats me talking, not my mother.

      otoh, these are well designed clothes for what is supposed to be a celebrity’s work. i wonder how much she actually did & how much she, ah, inspired.

    • giiiirrrr

      Arrgh.  Light-wash jeans, the scourge of women with ample hips and thighs.  Oh wait, that’s most of us.  Thanks, Ri Ri.

    • http://twitter.com/noshadejustT Teri

      From now on I’m going to refer to RiRi as “everyone’s favorite wig model.” Love it. As for the collection… color me meh. 

    • Pants_are_a_must

      So dressing like Rihanna/Armani means boring, bland and pretty much tasteless. I’m smelling SO MUCH REVENUE.

      • Lisa

        THIS!  I mean, really?  This is exciting fashion?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517890557 Willis Cramer Kliefoth

      I think there are three people in the world that could pull off that denim jumpsuit. Also those bags aren’t actually a design, just an advertisement for Rihanna. 

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Why do singers always try to be fashion designers?  Or writers?  Why do actors try to be singers?  I wish PEOPLE WOULD JUST STAY PUT.  

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      Just say no to jumpsuits! 

    • ItchyInKentucky

      It looks like stuff from a Newport News catalog – Spring 2000.

    • judybrowni

      I wore jumpsuits back in the day, and they were great if you were someone who was tired of mix and matching separates.

      Throw it on, and you’re done.

      Could pull one off today.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I almost wept when I saw the god forsaken denim jumpsuit.  That means overalls are making their way around soon enough.  I’m not impressed by the line, its sure to be found much cheaper at Forever 21.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIPKMOXHLA5KG34HMH55OXHCVM Angel H.

      No, sirs. I don’t like ’em.

      That t-shirt looks like something that was printed at a mall kiosk. That jacket is nice, but nothing that hasn’t been seen before. And of course DENIMJUMPSUITDENIMJUMPSUITDENIMJUMPSUIT.

    • bluefish

      Nothing unusual or compelling in any of these pieces.  And the graphic on the tote bag is really unattractive.  Saw most all of this stuff at Urban Outfitters over the weekend. 

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    • guest2visits

      Really like the leather-looking jacket.  The rest kind of looks like what you might wear to work under the car.

    • Qitkat

      The sketches are really cute. I wonder if RiRi drew them?

      That denim jumpsuit is fugly though. But it works on the paperdoll.

    • rafraf25

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I didn’t know her closet was so boring. I personally hate light-wash jeans, they look pre-wornout & fug to me.

    • amanda crow

      Even Goodwill would turn down that denim jumpsuit. Are they actually going to charge people money for that thing?

    • spooki C

      EW… denim jumpsuits need to die

    • Coralie Legister

      Just boring & those short are disgusting.