Get glammed up on a budget this Ramadan with e-retailer Raw Orange

The e-retail site is a treasure trove of pocket-friendly fashion. (Photo supplied)
Updated 03 June 2018
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Get glammed up on a budget this Ramadan with e-retailer Raw Orange

DUBAI: Sure, it’s fun getting dressed up to the nines in the latest designer wear, but sometimes it’s nice to dial it down and opt for something fun, trendy and affordable.

We’re loving Raw Orange, a new UAE-based e-commerce site that, according to the founder, has been “created by women for women.” Expect high-quality yet affordable fast fashion, ranging from tops to bottoms, as well as accessories.

The website’s Ramadan edit features a selection of versatile items that can be mixed and matched over the season. Pearl-netted midi skirts and metallic pleated skirts are available in a range of colors and can be paired with a range of T-shirts (think graphic, glitter or even stripes). Then there’s a selection of three-quarter length kimonos that can be dressed down during the day or glammed up with some extra accessories and sparkly heels in the evening.

For those feeling a little retro, we’re crushing on the patched army jackets — available in white, military green and beige. To be fair, we’re down with anything that reminds us of the 1990s.

But that’s not the only fashion decade on offer; the Lara dress — available in black or white — oozes 1920s sophistication, while the Raw Orange green day dress very much emulates the style of the 1960s. Other dresses on sale include the “fun and flouncy” Sansa and Zara midi dresses, as well as the “show-stopping shimmy-shimmy” look.

Items in the Ramadan collection range from $15 to $70, so the website really is affordable.

And if you thought fast fashion was just for us mere mortals, think again. Plenty of celebrities are known to love a bargain or two — particularly when it’s them shopping and not receiving high-end designer items on loan. For example, Sienna Miller was recently spotted in a B Collection by Bobeau jumpsuit that’s just $78; Kylie Jenner loves a $50 tube top by Aritizia, while Cardi B has been rocking a $23 little black dress by Fashion Nova.

While the rapper is collaborating with the online fashion store for an upcoming collection due this October, it’s said she’s always been a fan.

“Wanna know how rich people like me stay rich?” Cardi B captioned a picture on Instagram of her wearing Fashion Nova jeans. “By staying on a budget. These pants right here are Fashion Nova.”

Speaking of Instagram, Raw Orange comes with a “Shop the ‘Gram” section, where you can connect to Instagram and instantly purchase the entire outlet in a couple of clicks. It’s great for those who need a little extra help when it comes to putting items together.

“The online fashion scene has become increasingly popular in the UAE over the last few years and it’s easy to see why,” co-founder Sunit Bhatia told Images Retail Middle East last month. “The shopping experience is what sets us apart. Whether it is the quality of material used, the design of each outfit, the fittings, the experience on our website, and a price tag that’s the icing on the cake, our customers have really responded to what Raw Orange is all about.”

The portal delivers across the GCC and you can browse the collection on raworange.com.


Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

Updated 20 June 2018
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Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

DUBAI: Beyoncé and Jay-Z stunned fans by dropping a surprise joint album this week, and the artistic video for the lead track, “Apes***,” sees the Grammy-winning queen of pop wearing a turban by French-Tunisian milliner Donia Allegue.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns, before the couple released it on Spotify on Monday.
The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album from the stage in London as they wrapped up the British leg that opened a global tour.

The couple also put out an elaborately choreographed video that takes place inside the Louvre museum in Paris for “Apes***,” AFP reported.

The video opens with the couple standing regally in front of the “Mona Lisa” — Jay-Z in a light green double-breasted suit, Beyoncé in a lavender pantsuit — and features a squad of scantily clad dancers moving sensually in front of Jacques Louis David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

In a later scene, Beyoncé dons a floor-length black turban by Donia Allegue with a nude-colored bodysuit by French design house Cadolle. According to Vogue Arabia, Allegue revealed that the headpiece took eight hours to create and is made of six meters of tulle.

“Honored and proud to have adorned Queen @beyonce (with) an exceptional headpiece for her grandiose clip,” the design house posted on its Instagram page this week.

The video is a veritable treasure trove of sartorial high points chosen by stylist Zerina Akers, who scored the latest designs from international runways, as well as custom pieces from various high-end brands.

Fashion aside, the album, driven by warm, sultry soul with a largely hip-hop cadence, marries the styles of the two artists but is more consistent with the recent direction of Jay-Z.
The two stars have recorded together previously, notably on the Beyoncé-led single “Drunk in Love,” but the album comes after an especially public window into their marriage.
Beyonce on her last solo album “Lemonade” in 2016 revealed infidelity on the part of Jay-Z, who a year later asked forgiveness on his own album “4:44.”

This year, as the title of “Everything is Love” implies, their relationship is apparently swell.

On the final track, the joyously brassy “Lovehappy,” the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile.

“We’re flawed / But we’re still perfect for each other,” Beyoncé sings.

As two of the most prominent African Americans in pop culture Jay-Z and Beyoncé have played increasingly visible political roles, from campaigning for former president Barack Obama to championing the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Everything is Love” offers a paean to African American identity in “Black Effect,” which opens in Beyoncé fashion with a monologue about self-love before a haunting soul sample.
Jay-Z on the song name-checks Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot dead in 2012 by a neighborhood watchman in a Florida gated community, and raps, in a twist on performers’ rote calls for crowd gesticulation, “Get your hands up high like a false arrest.”