With the graceful elegance of a modern-day Audrey Hepburn, the signature of fashion designer Rachel Riley is sheer classic retro chic with pretty prints showcasing craftsmanship like hand-smocking. Dedication to high standards of quality and impeccable taste are key to her success, with garments and shoes handmade in her French workshop in the Loire Valley. “I am always inspired when I am there,” says Rachel. “The grey-blue of the water, the intense blue of the summer sky and the first green sprouts of the willow trees.”
Last year, Rachel Riley won the coveted accolade of Outstanding Contribution to Fashion and this year has scooped a Highly Commended award in the 2013 Best Independent Boutique category, as well as winning Best UK Fashion Brand 2013. Inspired by timeless design, the pieces are destined to be passed through generations of children making them modern-day heirlooms.
Polka dot swimming costume £49, striped swimming costume £49, polka dot trousers £75 all by Rachel Riley (ages 3-14)
Rachel Riley was the Winner in two 2013 Junior Design Award categories: Best UK Fashion Brand and Best Independent Boutique, and was also Highly Commended for Best Fashion Retailer 2013 as well as Best Online Fashion Retailer 2013
Photographer: Mark Shearwood at ERA Management Stylist: Rachel Caulfield at ERA Management Hair and grooming: Nadia Altinbass using Bumble and Bumble and Little Blu Nail Varnish Fashion assistants: Abby and Chloe Painter Photography Assistant: Jeannie Buche