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

Updated 26 May 2018
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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.


Amal Clooney attends American University of Beirut bash in London

Despite being one of the most celebrated couples in Hollywood after their 2014 marriage and the birth of twins a year ago, Amal and George Clooney rarely speak of their private life. (AFP)
Updated 18 June 2018
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Amal Clooney attends American University of Beirut bash in London

DUBAI: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney gave a speech at an American University of Beirut alumni event alongside her father in London over the weekend.

George Clooney’s wife attended the WAAAUB UK Chapter’s bash on Saturday night in Knightsbridge’s glitzy Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, wearing a crushed velvet gown in a shade of burgundy.

Amal, 40, also attended the launch of Italian designer Giambattista Valli’s new store on London’s swanky Sloane Street on the weekend.

It seems burgundy is the color of the moment as she donned a one-shoulder jumpsuit in the shade for the event. The ruffled neckline added flair to the outfit, which she paired with loose, wavy hair and a clutch bag.

The lawyer and activist, who shot to celebrity stardom when she married Clooney in 2014, is no stranger to the spotlight and earlier this year was photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Vogue’s May 2018 issue.

“One of the many conversations we’ve been having at Vogue lately is about who exactly should be gracing our covers given the radically changed world we now live in. We’ve always taken the position that the women we feature should have substance to them, something that has only taken on greater urgency in the last year or so,” US Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour wrote in her editor’s letter for the edition.

“That’s why I’m delighted that Amal Clooney, a force to be reckoned with in the realms of international law and human rights, agreed to appear on our May cover.”

Earlier this month, she paid unprecedented public tribute to her movie star husband, calling him a gentleman, an amazing husband and father and the love of her life, Reuters reported.

The lawyer was addressing a star-studded lifetime achievement award ceremony in Hollywood for “Ocean’s Eleven” star Clooney.

But she said it was easier for her “to address a court on behalf of detainees than to speak publicly, as I am doing for the first time tonight, about my husband.

“I met George when I was 35 and starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I would be a spinster. Then we met,” Amal Clooney told the audience, packed with friends and A-list stars like Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston, model Cindy Crawford and Diane Keaton.

“Five years later, he is the person who has my complete admiration and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time,” she added.

Despite being one of the most celebrated couples in Hollywood after their 2014 marriage and the birth of twins a year ago, Amal and George Clooney rarely speak of their private life.