Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A Colourful Christmas || Elder

W I N T E R   O U T F I T   #2  -  E L D E R
For the 2nd installment of the winter outfit series (see the first here) we've opted for an injection of colour, pairing the Elder portfolio clutch with a fluro skirt by Kenzo. Over the past few months my desktop has become swamped with icons, all linking to products I have my eye on. An underlying theme is also to introduce readers to a new brand they may previously never have heard of. A fantastic jewellery brand that I came across on Etsy is Rock Salt Vintage. I'm sure their products will be making an appearance on many Christmas lists this year, including my own!
After some killer party heels for the festive season? Look no further, minimal and stylish footwear/accessories brand Charles & Keith have an online store full of options. More importantly the ones featured above have an insane metal spike on each shoe!

Shop the look below

Rianna Phillips Elder portfolio clutch bag £63 & mini pouch bag £30

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Rianna X Elder Tote

Recently I made a trip to Media City to photograph the fabulous Kate Millar
Emerged in the absolutely breathtaking architecture, it was also the perfect opportunity to document my own personal style. For me, the tote bags prove the most practical for my hectic lifestyle. I do not travel lightly, whether I'm off for a browse around town or boarding a flight. I need a lot of stuff. The usually culprits attached to me at all times are my Nikon bridge camera, Nokia Lumia 1020 (which gives the Nikon a run for its money - it's a phone with a 41 mega pixel camera) definitely more camera than phone. The world could possibly crumble when I'm without my iPad and I'd also be lost without a filofax. I have 2! One for business and one for pleasure. This Alexander Wang leather sleeveless jacket was an amazing sale purchase, i live in it! There are cashmere roll ups around each arm hole which are held in place with a shiny stainless steel popper button. This quilted dress was a recent purchase from the Primark section in Selfridges, Trafford. It was around £16. 

Zara boots (similar here) | Primark at Selfridges white quilted dress | Alexander Wang sleeveless leather jacket | Elder Tote | H&M stacking rings

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The story of two interns

Ever wondered what it takes to become an intern in the fashion industry?
We go behind the scenes to experience the journey two of our fabulous interns Sophie and Grace experienced whilst curating The Transcendent lookbook:

S T O R Y   O F   T W O   I N T E R N S

To begin with we started researching backdrop materials, we felt iridescent and reflective surfaces related back to Rianna's primary research boards during the print design process. Pinterest became our virtual studio space as we gathered ideas for make up looks, styling, art direction and location. 
We put put the information into moodboards and presented them to Rianna in weekly meetings, these team meetings somehow ended up with lots of laughs, gossip and a whole lot of cake! Teacup in Manchester is the perfect destination for getting the group together for discussions. We highly recommend the flour-less chocolate cake! Find Teacup on Thomas street in the Northern Quarter.

When the day of the photo shoot finally arrived, Manchester’s infamous weather struck. Torrential rain hit, which really affected our attempt of an outdoor location, armed with as many umbrellas as we could carry, we tried our best to keep the models, clothes and most importantly, the bags, dry. This resulted in us looking like drowned rats for the rest of the day; well they do say working in fashion is glamorous!

Taking shelter back at the studio, we didn’t let the weather dampen our mood. We quickly got the models ready in their second looks. Whilst they were in hair and make-up we both set up the studio, using iridescent Perspex, mirrors and potted plants. As we had regularly met with our photographer Rosie Woods, she was clear on the look we were trying to create; this made the day run a lot smoother.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Home decor || Bloomingville

 Whilst walking down Portobello road, London we came off our usual track, finding ourselves on Golborne road where stands the beautiful independent store Lali Shop. Their store carries a range of eclectic beauties from all around the world such as Le Specs, Tracey Neuls, Bella Freud and the focus brand of todays article Bloomingville. 

H O M E    D E C O R
Interior styling and design is an area that greatly inspires my thought process and occasionally research into the topic accidentally turns into a shopping spree! Lali Shops selection of Bloomingville products were spot on, resulting in me leaving the store with several new objects for the home. The images below are selected from their winter catalog (found whilst perusing through inspirational interior blog Only Deco Love). Their soft dusty white porcelain and contrasting mixed metals help create a tranquil home atmosphere.

Visit Lali Shop
101 Golborne Road
London W10 5NL

All images from Only Deco Love

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Style in focus || Kate Millar

The career path into the fashion industry can start in a very similar place for many of us. Myself and Kate Millar both studied at the same university, both held down part time sales assistant jobs throughout uni, both completed a prep year in Art Foundation studies and both graduated with a portfolio of work geared up to set us off in the unpredictable and exciting trade called ‘Fashion’.
A few years on its safe to say we are still fully immersed in the fashion industry . . . and very happily too I may add!
Although our paths may be very samey, we’ve drifted down separate channels and our own personal styles have evolved from what they were once upon a time. Kates eye for high street fashion is impeccable. If I’m going on holiday and have left it to the last minute to shop a summer wardrobe, I go to Kate. She can tell me which shop has what, in what colour and how much it is. Even better she can alert me to which website is best to buy it from online. 

We caught up last week in the beautiful (and extremely windy) urban landscape of Media City where we put Kates styling skills to the test. What would she choose to style with her Rianna Phillips Affinity portfolio clutch bag? As always . . . her outfit options didn't disappoint. 

Tell us a little about your job
I work as a Menswear Fashion Designer at a suppliers in Manchester called Whispering Smith, working for a suppliers means getting to work with loads of different brands which is great as your always working on something new
What made you want to be apart of the fashion industry?
I've always been quite a creative person with a love for fashion and styling so I think it was a natural progression into design. I also have a fashion blog which I love as it helps to keep me up to date with all the latest trends and inspirations along with documenting my own outfits -

Where do you shop?
I'm obsessed with online shopping at the moment, I'd say my favourite is Missguided...they're always so up to date with trends. I'm also a big fan of Boohoo, ASOS and Miss Pap. Not to forget my favourite from the highstreet which is Topshop.

What are your go-to staple pieces in your wardrobe?
1) Black leather jacket that has a detachable fur collar. Ideal for a day to evening look and can be styled together with almost anything.
2) Gold chain necklaces...I'm getting quite a collection but love the really chunky ones which are perfect for adding an edgy look to any outfit, especially as I wear a lot of girly pastel shades.
3) Vintage denim over-sized shirts, I have so many but they're great for throwing on over a dress or co-ord for a simple and easy outfit.
4) Topshop Joni jeans, I think these could be the greatest jeans ever made, so comfy and I love the high waist fit...perfect with a crop tee.

What is your most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
I would say some of my vintage pieces but picking just 1 is so hard!! I also have a charm bracelet that was passed down to me by my Grandma, it's so beautiful and intricate...they don't make bracelets like it anymore. 

Where are your favourite places to grab a bite?
I'm a massive fan of afternoon tea and love any excuse to try out a new one...I recently went to 'The One Aldwych' in London for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea which was so fun and quirky.
Outfit 1
Trousers Misspap
T-shirt Off Dutee
Cat watch Thrift Store
 Hat Missguided 
Shoes Misspap
Black fur pom pom River Island
Leather jacket Topshop
Clutch bag Rianna Phillips
Rings & Necklace Kates own (mix of topshop and h&m) 

Outfit 2
Skirt  Missguided
T-shirt River Island
Fringed leather jacket Misspap
Grey fur pom pom River Island
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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Worn by || Love Lauren Alexa

 We love to see how customers style their Rianna Phillips products so when we saw fashion & lifestyle blogger Lauren with the Duli tote we were blown away. Lauren documents her daily style on instagram (view her profile here) alongside her minimal cool blog
Here are a few of Laurens snapshots of the Duli tote in action, shop the Duli tote here.

Thursday, 30 October 2014


We are really excited to announce the competition we are hosting with Frends headphones!
Being big fans of the brand and even including a pair in the styling of the New Age Native campaign. We couldn't be happier to give our customers a chance to not only win a pair of Silver Taylors (worth £170) but also the XL Finchley portfolio clutch bag (worth £72)
Behind the scenes image from the New Age Native print collection photo shoot

Simply repost the below image on instagram and follow the rules:

+Follow @frends and @riannaphillips + Repost this image with #FRENDSxRIANNA
+Winner will receive 1 Silver Taylor FRENDSheadphone + 1 XL Finchley portfolio (as shown in picture)
+Open to US and UK residents ONLY
+Winner chosen at random, announced November 3, 2014


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Gift wrap || Make it special

There were no props used in this quick photo shoot today, all wrapped boxes contain actual customer orders which were quickly put onto studio shelves . . . snapped . . . and sent on their way. The new digitally printed gift wrap option is proving extremely popular. Many shoppers drop by our site, choose a gift and have it sent straight to the recipient; by adding this wrap option to your basket, make your gift a stand out one to remember.
Or simply make it a luxurious way to spoil yourself rotten! 

H O W   I T   W O R K S 
 When purchasing multiple items simply leave a
note in the box provided at the checkout to state which item you would like wrapping. 

All you have to do is add the gift wrap product listing to your basket.

A gift card will arrive attached to your wrapped item for any personal messages you wish to add.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Landscapes || Tatton

T E X T U R E   G A T H E R I N G  -  C H E S H I R E 
October is the perfect time for an Autumn walk. So off we went, clad in full winter attire which between us all consists of Office knee high suede boots, creamy white Reiss quilted sweater, Burberry check cashmere scarf, 7 for all mankind skinny silk touch jeans, Whistles C'est Chic sweater, ASOS parka Burberry sandringham trench. Prepped and ready for any unpredicted Cheshire weather conditions, we strolled around the picturesque grounds of the private gardens occasionally catching glimpses of the neo-classical mansion. The green houses were works of architectural art in themselves and I had soon racked up over 200 photographs on my Nikon.
Tourists in our own county, dining in the gardeners cottage is an experience not to be missed.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sunday shopping || The Hydro mix

W I N T E R   O U T F I T   #1  -  H Y D R O
Sunday is a day for relaxing, drinking many cups of tea/coffee and browsing our favourite shopping destinations. The 'new in' category at Net-a-Porter is an inspirational wardrobe hit that inspires so many of our outfit choices. We have a feeling that our new brand discovery 'LeLe Sadoughi' will be high on the fashion forwards Christmas list with their understated gold plated chokers . . . . . santa take note.
With the much anticipated H&M X Alexander Wang collaboration hitting stores next month, this New York brand is the name on everybody's lips. Wouldn't we all like to show support and stand in the queue on November 6th wearing this Wang ribbed knitted sweater?!
Our Hydro portfolio clutch bag depicts the perfect texture to mix with your winter wardrobe and style beautifully with those Valentino blue and beige rockstud strappy pumps.

Shop the look below

A C C E S S O R I E S   &   B E A U T Y

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Inspiration || Street Style

Fashion week has been unfolding across the globe, leading to captivating style cluttering up our desk tops. Once an image is spotted that sparks a style idea SAVE IT . . . . who knows if you'll come across it again!
We learned that the hard way.
Here is our selection of inspirational street style from New York, London, Milan and Paris.


Friday, 5 September 2014

Autumn Style || Transitional Wardrobe

A quick style snap from our instagram account as the autumn season arrives and the transitional wardrobe is flung together. A grey knit jumper from Topshop and an off white Zara skort pairs beautifully with the Duli tote