Rihanna's London Fashion Week debut met with mixed reviews

Rihanna performs onstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Rihanna made her fashion designer debut over the weekend, when the collection she designed for British retailer River Island was shown at London Fashion Week.

The presentation, which began an hour late, was held inside a former London post office, with models posing on a five-tiered platform. The "Diamonds" singer made a brief appearance at the end.

Her collection, featuring crop tops, high-slit skirts and short shorts, was met with mixed reviews -- one critic went as far as to call it "hideous" and a "horror show."

Here's what that reviewer, and a few others, had to say:

The Daily Beast: "Rihanna's collection for River Island as brought forth in London tonight was a horror show. The clothes were hideous and without an ounce of panache or style between them...For example, if you really, really like belly buttons, if you are totally nuts for navels, then this could be the collection for you. If you only feel capable of wearing clothes on the lower half of your body if they are slashed up to your waist, then again, you are in luck."

Womens Wear Daily: "The looks were all variations on things from her wardrobe, ranging from the fleshy -- tight crop tops and long skirts slit to high heaven -- to the streetwise and boyish, as in hooded jumpsuits, to the bare and Barbadian-influenced look of floral prints shown on bra tops and shorts. None of it looked expensive, but if Rihanna's see-if-I-care attitude is a free gift with purchase, the collection should do fine."

Refinery 29: "Even if we didn't know that this was RiRi's collection, we would have guessed. Her style DNA was infused into every stitch of the fabric. From the thigh-high-split maxi dresses and not-for-the-faint-hearted mesh vests to the '90s-inspired crop tops and matching short shorts, the looks could only have been designed by this woman."

New York magazine: "Suffice it to say the designs will sell like high street hot cakes -- she's Rihanna, after all. In neons, florals, and washed-out tie dye prints, the skimpy separates were a little more tropical than the average British summertime, but hey, we'll take any sunshine we can get. Jumpsuits, swimsuits, bandeau tops and asymmetric maxi dresses are in, says Rihanna, as are midriffs. Also recurring: leather baseball jackets, thigh-high skirt slits, hoop earrings, and hair bows."

Rihanna's collection for River Island is shown at London Fashion Week on Feb. 16, 2013, in London.
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