Reveal goes backstage at Rihanna's River Island AW13 launch

Published Wednesday, Sep 11 2013, 12:45 BST  |  By  |  1 comment
How does the world's most stylish pop star, Rihanna, launch her latest high street fashion range? She throws a huge party and celebrates with her BFF, Cara Delevingne, of course!

Last night, Rihanna launched her latest collection in true RiRi style, and invited us along to celebrate, too!

The exclusive party was held at River Island's brand spanking new super store in London's Oxford Street. For one night only, the new flagship store was transformed into 'Club RiRi', an exclusive pop-up club.

Rihanna at River Island collection launch 10/09/13

RiRi's party gave a select group of dedicated fans, competition winners and bloggers the chance to snap up her latest collection first.

For the rest of us, the full Rihanna for River Island collection is available for pre-order online now at and launches in selected stores on 12th September.

The Barbados-born babe spent her evening sippin' champers with model Cara - who was, of course, rocking a head-to-toe Rihanna for River Island get-up.

RIhanna & Cara Delevingne at the Rihanna for RIver Island collection launch 10/09/13

Models on the night showed off the latest collection, styled on the day by Rihanna's stylist, Mel Ottenberg, and Rihanna's costume designer Adam Selman - who was fresh from his NYFW debut.

Rihanna poses with catwalk models at her River Island collection launch 10/09/13

It wasn't all partying for RiRi, though, as the 'Diamonds' singer gave a few lucky fans a once in a lifetime one-on-one styling sesh.

Rihanna gave the lucky competition winners her secret styling tips and created a look for each of them from her latest collection. Jealous much?

Rihanna speaks to fans at River Island collection launch 10/09/13

RIhanna gives fans a one on one styling session

Backstage at the Rihanna for River Island launch 10/09/13

Backstage at the Rihanna for River Island launch

One star-struck winner, Kadesha Springer, from London, said: "It was crazy, just the best experience. Rihanna knows her stuff – she knew exactly what she was doing. I love the new collection and especially the clothes I've got on."

The new 80-piece collection incorporates a mix of urban sports luxe with sophisticated chic, and is packed with RiRi-esque pieces, from camo print heels to G4Life motif beanies.

Camo print heels from Rihanna for River Island collection

£60, Rihanna for River Island

'G4LIFE' beanie from Rihanna for RIver Island collection

£15, Rihanna for River Island

Rihanna commented: "This collection is definitely really special to me. I think I got a lot of freedom and I got to put a lot more of myself into it. I had so much fun designing it for Summer/Spring that Autumn was just – it was just balls out. We had fun and just went for it and did things we didn't get to do before, and that's why I'm excited. That's what's special about it – it's different, it's fresh."

Miss Delevingne rocked the collection's must-have yellow shirt dress, teaming it with ripped tights and sky high ankle boots.

Cara Delevingne at Rihanna for RIver Island collection launch 10/09/13

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The designer herself, Rihanna, looked effortlessly chic, rocking a stylish varsity jacket, boyfriend jeans and strappy heels.

Rihanna also sported her new mullet-style hair and made a statement with blue lippy!

The collection is available in selected stores and online from tomorrow (12 September 2013).

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