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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  • 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. 

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

        • 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. 

      • 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.

    • 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?)

    •  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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Boring.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • snarkykitten


  • 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.