Last weekend Rihanna’s new summer collection for River Island hit stores. Following on from her spring collection which was released in March, Rihanna’s new collection incorporates femininity, sex appeal, and her well-known gangster style to produce a diverse collection.

In a short video promoting the collection Rihanna commented “I made a piece for everybody in my crew – we all have different body types, different tastes, some are braver than others. I think like that because that’s how women in the world are, we’re all different, we all like different things.”

This diversity of different tastes and body types is showcased in the collection.  From maxi dresses, crop tops and an unusual twist on the floral trend, there is bound to be an item for you.

The collection:

In the promo video Rihanna stated that where  floral is a timeless and chic trend she wanted to steer away from the bright colours and typical floral prints to create items which are more gangster and can be incorporated with rock n’ roll. There is one floral print which is incorporated into different items of clothing from a denim jacket to a maxi dress to appeal to different styles and tastes. Where the floral patterned used can be deemed as non-summery it combines with the monochrome trend to produce elegant pieces. For those who love the items such as the maxi dress or sheer shirt, but wish to brighten it up match the items with block coloured pieces of jewellery such as red and orange to make the floral print truly come alive.

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As well as adapting the floral trend Rihanna’s collection uses tie dye on items from crop tops to high wasted shorts. The use of tie dye has returned in both high end and high street fashion over the past few months;  bringing back the 80’s fashion trend. Here Rihanna’s River island collection adapts it to give more of a military and yet again gangster by using green as the main focal point. The print in the form of spiral on a white background is showcased especially well on a sleeveless jumpsuit; the perfect summer essential. It can be worn for casual walks on tropical beeches or dressed up with a pair heels and the right accessories for summer evenings; whether abroad or at home.

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Following on from Rihanna’s previous collection there are various staple items such as denim shorts, and various crop tops. These items have become Rihanna’s essential items in her own wardrobe, and now in greys, black and reds you too can get her fashion basics.

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The collection also shows a touch of femininity with the designer’s use of bold colours such as red and pale pink on certain items. The red dip hem cullote dress draws on Rihanna’s sex appeal, and perhaps one of the most essential items in the collection due to its versatility and the bold red ensure that any woman will stand out no matter the occasion this summer. The pink stripe wide trousers and matching top inspired by the nautical trend is ideal for those scorching days on holiday.

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So there you have it Rihanna’s new summer collection. Will there be an Autumn/winter collection, who knows but if so I’m intrigued to see where she will go next.  For now check out the full collection here

Let me know below what you think of Rihanna’s new summer collection and what items if any you will be including in your wardrobe this summer.