After Armani team-up, Rihanna on track to be next 'serious' celeb-turned-designer

AFP Relax NewsMarch 16, 2012

Following the success of her team-up with Armani, Rihanna has revealed she is working with designers she "respects" to come up with her first signature fashion collection.

Gone are the days when celebrities simply attached their name to a clothing line, as the pop star looks set to follow the model of hip-hop artist Kanye West -- who famously interned at Fendi in 2010 and has shown his women's ready-to-wear line during Paris Fashion Week for the past two seasons.

While speaking to US radio host Ryan Seacrest March 15, Rihanna spoke of her design ambitions, although the singer kept her cards close to her chest.

"I want to design. This is also a road that I want to earn it. So I'm working with designers. Designers that I respect, and [fashion] companies that I respect. I want people to really trust me before I just say 'Buy it because it's mine,'" she said.

Last year the songstress launched a limited edition line of clothing and lingerie with Armani, and she is the face of Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear. The singer should also gain some inspiration with her upcoming fashion television project for UK channel Sky Living HD. The star will executive-produce and appear on a currently unnamed series where unknown designers will compete for the chance to dress her when she performs at London's Wireless Festival in July.