I started to miss working with people in a group and getting inspired by the people around me, says Ulrika Lundgren, explaining how she came to edit a magazine in addition to designing her own line, Rika. If I design, its very much up to me, but with Rika Magazine, its about all the creative people that inspire me.
Yesterday, Lundgren gathered some of those inspirational characters for an intimate lunch at Harvey Nicholss Fifth Floor Restaurant. The occasion? Celebrating the publication of the fourth issue of Rika Magazine, as well as a concurrent retail installation in the store.
Irina Lazareanu, best known as a model, but currently putting the finishing touches on her LP with Sean Lennon, wafted in wearing a vintage tea dress, green felt Maison Michel hat, Rika jacket and Charlotte Olympia
Heels. Stylist/muse/model Valentine Fillol-Cordier, illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve and editor/sunglasses designer Anna Laub toured Rikas installation before heading upstairs for champagne and crème brulee.
The fourth-floor space, anchored by a collage of photographs from the magazine, contains selections from Rika. Star-strewn scarves, studded leather jackets and seasonless handbags share rails with hero pieces from the edgy brands stocked at Rikas Amsterdam store.
The magazine is something of a visual diary of the creative people Lundgren meets, she says. The newest issue features shoots with Alison Mosshart
and Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and verses from Helena Christensen
and Lazareanu. Its very spontaneous. I choose people because I really like their characters, and were giving these girls chances to show their