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.


Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

Updated 13 November 2018
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Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

  • Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the Michael Kors campaign
  • The special-edition Whitney bag will be unveiled on Nov. 14

DUBAI: Fashion powerhouse Michael Kors (MK) has enlisted the region’s style icons to unveil an exclusive Middle East design of a limited-edition shoulder bag.

Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the elite portrait series showcasing a special-edition of the Whitney bag, set to be unveiled at an exclusive event in Dubai on Nov. 14.

The beauty queen took to Instagram to announce the stint, where she posted a picture of herself along with other Arab fashion icons strutting the newly redesigned Whitney bag, including Dubai-based influencer Leena Al Ghouti, fashion blogger Ola Faharat, and filmmaker Lana Al Beik..

“So honored to be fronting this @michaelkors campaign for their new Whitney bag. My MK family is here in Dubai all the way from New York for the celebration this week and I couldn’t think of more powerful ladies to share this photograph with,” Kahawaty wrote.

Dubbed as the Whitney, the compact bag is one of the newest additions to the fashion label’s exclusive accessory collection. The bag is crafted in panel-quilted lambskin, accompanied by a sleek chain strap.

“We were able to incorporate a very subtle M-shaped outline, something I’ve been sketching since I was in middle school,” American designer Michael Kors himself said.

The Middle East edition will be released in a rich blue, which Kors described as “the perfect blend of sophistication and luxury for our customers” in the region.

Kors has expressed how the Middle East is an important region for his fashion label, saying “our customers in the Middle East truly love fashion and glamour, which makes it a fun and exciting place to be as a designer.”

MK, widely known for its premium leather handbags, recently bought luxury designer Versace for $2.05 billion, bolstering its position against its larger European rivals.

“With the acquisition of Versace we have created one of the world’s leading fashion and luxury groups,” said John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings.

This came a year after it also acquired British stiletto-heel maker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion.