Go for a vintage vibe this Ramadan with London-born brand RIXO

Updated 26 May 2018
0

Go for a vintage vibe this Ramadan with London-born brand RIXO

DUBAI: London-based brand RIXO boasts vintage-inspired duds that will take your Ramadan wardrobe from bleak to chic in a snap.
Founded in 2015 by London College of Fashion alumni Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McClosky, RIXO dresses are stocked on e-retail sites that deliver across the region.
Middle East-targeted e-retailers Ounass.com and ShopatSauce.com stock the fun, flirty brand, while rixo.co.uk also delivers to various locations across the region.
Now that you have no excuse not to place an order, it is high time we dive into exactly why this British-born brand is perfect for Ramadan.
The flowy dresses are light, fresh and floral and are perfect for the Gulf’s soaring temperatures this summer. The floor-length outfits are ideal for iftar or suhoor gatherings, while the mix-n-match prints (think leopard print and florals in one dress) are a welcome break from the heavy fabrics and traditional patterns often worn during the month.
The Chrissy dress — stocked on Ounass.com and ShopatSauce.com — is a conversation starter to say the least. One variant of the gown fetures a leopard print top half that gives way to black-and-white florals on the skirt, which is completed with a flared orange hemline. It may sound like a lot to take it, but it works. It is a patchwork of seemingly disparate materials that have been woven together to fit the female form perfectly, and, just in case you snuck in that extra samosa at iftar, it is also gloriously flowy.
If you’re after something a little tamer, but still want the oomph that this brand offers, take a look at a mode demure style of the Chrissy dress. The spotted bodice gives way to florals in various shades set against a black background — it is wild enough to turn heads, but is still within the sartorial comfort zone of even the most timid dressers.
If you’re willing to get a bit louder, the Sienna dress — found on RIXO’s own e-retail website — could satisfy your desire to raise eyebrows.
The coat-style dress is almost abaya-like in that it can be left unbuttoned and worn with simple garments underneath. However, your innerwear of choice will likely be the only simple thing about this dress — its panels of wildly different, nature inspired materials are eye-catching to say the least.
The brand is known for its trademark pieces, such as the dresses outlined above, and it is all part of the designers’ efforts to create vintage inspired one-off pieces for the modern woman. In a refreshing twist, the brand does not mass produce its clothes, instead opting to have each piece hand-painted in RIXO’s London studio.


Gwen Stefani dons Reem Acra gown for fairytale show

Updated 20 min 42 sec ago
0

Gwen Stefani dons Reem Acra gown for fairytale show

DUBAI: Hollywood singer Gwen Stefani wore an ethereal gown by Lebanese designer Reem Acra for a performance at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, last week — and she looked like a princess.
The former “The Voice US” coach arrived in Disneyland in a horse-drawn carriage, wearing a pink tulle ruffled gown, complete with a glittery bodice and a green satin bow adorning the neckline.
Acra — whose creations have been worn by numerous world-renowned personalities, including US First Lady Melania Trump — posted an image of Stefani wearing the festive gown, which is part of the design huse’s pre-fall 2018 collection.
Stefani is no stranger to Acra’s gowns — she once wore another one of the Lebanese fashion icon’s creations to the 43rd People’s Choice Award in 2017.
Stefani was in the Disney-themed park to perform a line-up of Christmas tunes, including “Feliz Navidad” and “Let It Snow,” for Disney’s upcoming special holiday show airing on Nov. 29 on US television network ABC and the Disney Channel.
Other holiday-themed performances included pop star Meghan Trainor, father-son duo Andrea and Matteo Bocelli, singer-songwriter Becky G and other celebrities.

The 49-year-old multi-Grammy-award-winning singer will also perform in two other upcoming Disney Christmas specials on Nov. 23 and Dec. 25, serenading her fans with classic covers from her own Christmas album.
Stefani, who has three sons with her ex-husband, started dating “The Voice US” coach, country singer Blake Shelton in 2015 — and now both are looking to have a baby through a surrogate, according to US media report.
“They are in the final stages of choosing the woman who will carry their baby. It’s extremely important to Gwen that she give Blake a biological child, and Blake is so excited,” a source said, according to fashion magazine Cosmopolitan.