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RIYKA is a womenswear label, designed and made in the UK, run by husband and wife, Vedran and Rebecca, this is how its made!

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Saturday, 27 November 2010


I was reading through ELLE December edition, and found this stunning image, buy Clare Shilland, this image won the ELLE commission prize.
the image is simply called Merel.
Shilland is a London based Photographer, who is also inspired by the Amercian photographer Larry clark, Clark is the man behind films such as- Ken park, Kids and Bully, which I have watched many times...amazing movies, Clark's movies have this "in your face" raw sexiness about them, but somehow manage to capture, in a odd way the beauty of youth, and reckless teenage behavior, which is not really a beautifull concept on it own, but somehow Clark manages to make these Teenagers look like Hero's, well they did to me.
I love the soft tones in the pictures and the "realness" of the characters in them, both Clark and Shilland.
I could not for some reason upload the kids here is the link

Larry clark

Monday, 22 November 2010

vogue history

I cant remember how this book came into my hands, it belonged to my mum, and was probably given to her when she married, or something, I love it, and it goes everywhere with me...
published 1977
"This Sumptuous yet eminently practical handbook gives the facts and possibilities about health and beauty honestly without feeding women's dreams and illusions..."

some new items and new shoot

One of the perks of being in a big building full of other creative's is having a really good photographer as your neighbor, as I have recently done some editing and re-sewing with my lovely seamstress for the spring summer collection, I thought it would be a good idea to shoot it again, my Neighbor Bernie was up for the job, and he brought along his very helpful stylist Mia....thank you Samar for the modelling, you rocked!!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

a perfect day by the sea side,Judy's vintage fair, groovy grampa's, pebbled beaches, yummy cupcakes, fish an' chips warming tea made me think of British things I love and some funky ol' Pearly kings and queens, all things British, The kings and queens were not there...but certainly in my mind

miss long days in the garden, miss my pink sunnies not so missing hours upon hours of beading... although I love the end result, its Autumn now, almost winter and I just wanted a flash of bright color before it goes grey for a long time

Friday, 12 November 2010

cant get it out of my head

I know its a Spring Summer collection, but I would love one of these to wear over xmas celebration's
The is something so effortlessly cool about the massive stars, the shiny fabrics, and the length of the dresses...

swing it

Have been working really hard on Branding for RIY_KA...its a tuff nut to crack, but my other half has been a clever clogs , and is really helping me get my identity into the labels, swing tags etc..
ha ha and also taking silly pix in my space, which is getting very busy looking,feel very cosy:))

Friday, 5 November 2010