Wednesday, February 21, 2018
10 Minutes With: Rianna Phillips
Photo credit - Rianna Phillips

10 Minutes With: Rianna Phillips

Photo credit – Rianna Phillips

Manchester Fashion Magazine catches up with designer Rianna Phillips following the debut of her AW13 collection.


What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is something to have fun with, it gives you the opportunity to try out different looks that convey aspects of your personality.


How would you define your city’s fashion?

In Manchester there are 2 main categories: The Northern quarter, which houses many big name fashion brands, my favourite book shop Magma, and gorgeous little eateries like Teacup. It’s well known for it’s vintage style and shops. On the other end of the spectrum we have Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, where you see people walking around head to toe in designer with their shopping bags heading for a lunch time pick me up in swanky bars like Zinc. I like to maintain a happy medium of the two.


When did you realise you wanted to become a designer?

In my final year of uni I knew it was something I HAD to do for the rest of my life! I enjoyed creating my final year collection so much, I still work in a very similar way that I did then.




What was the first thing you ever designed?

I designed a long line digitally printed vest top in my second year of uni. It’s in a wardrobe somewhere and has done it’s rounds amongst my friends! It has a lot of stories to tell!


How long does it usually take for you to construct a new piece?

It ranges, if I’m designing a new print from scratch this can take from a day to a week. After a few months I might re-visit it and tweak it again. When I design actual bag shapes this usually takes a month or two.


Who would you say is your favourite designer?

I am totally obsessed with Alexander Wang. I’ve slowly collected a range of pieces from his AW2010 catwalk collection. It’s just stunning!


What are your favourite clothing stores and websites?

I have a slight Whistles addiction. When I’m wearing something new my friends don’t even need to ask where it’s from. They just know. The concept of their stores really get to me. So immaculate and well styled. Whenever I’m in london I love to pop to Dover Street Market. Their mix of brands are fantastic and the stoor have an insane way of visually merchandising areas.


Would you consider yourself an artist?

Yeah kind of, because each digital print is a little piece of art intended to be worn with an outfit rather then just hung on a wall like art should be. A few of my prints have been put onto canvas and are dotted about the house.


Photo credit - Rianna Phillips

Photo credit – Rianna Phillips

How would you define your personal style?

I like to invest in designer pieces which I keep and wear forever and ever! These are mixed with high street basics. I like quite minimal outfits with random bursts of colour every now and then.


Where do you get your inspiration from?

Magazines such as Surface, Dazed and Confused, Harpers Bazaar, Oyster etc. I love looking through Tumblr and blogs in the research stages of a collection. Travel is always a massive source of inspiration. It was a trip to Australia that fueled the whole AW13 range.

What advice would you give to people wanting to start their own brand?

Be prepared to work your socks off, be prepared to be knocked back. Fashion and art is all a matter of opinion. If somebody doesn’t like it then that’s just one person’s opinion. You’re not going to be able to create something that everybody likes. I’d also say try to be structured. After at least 6pm shut your sketch book, put your fabric swatches away and switch off. This is something I’m trying to master!


If you are wanting to learn more about how Rianna sources her inspiration, she has her own blog , and her entire AW13 collection is available on her online store.

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About Freya Budd

BA Journalism student at Salford University, fashion blogger, and freelance writer based in MediaCityUK, Manchester.