The necklines were lower and the hemlines were definitely shorter than the late Queen would have ever worn.
Two of Queen Elizabeth II’s most popular style motifs – a matching jacket and coat combo and bright color blocking – found favor with Rixo’s designers in their Spring/Summer 2023 collection, shown at London Fashion Week.
As a tribute to the late monarch, Rixo co-founders Orlagh McCloskey and Henrietta Rix presented pieces in their 60-piece collection that paid homage to the iconic style for which the king was known around the world.
Rix and McCloskey of Dungiven, Co Derry, college buddies who started the business together in 2015, wore black as a sign of respect and served tea to guests at the launch of their ‘Postcard from Goa’ collection at London’s Hop Exchange on Saturday and Victoria Sponge Cake.
Combinations took center stage this season with the introduction of more structured dresses with matching jackets.
The Rixo duo interpreted a fearless use of color blocking in the matching jacket and dress combo that was a cornerstone of the Queen’s wardrobe for years.
In later years, a tailored coat and dress combination, like the outfits she wore in Ireland, was her usual choice, under the guidance of her dresser-turned-personal designer Angela Kelly.
I suspect young Queen Elizabeth II would have loved Rixo’s tomato red dress and jacket with intricate five-row stitching along the neckline and down the front of the curved jacket with its chic one-button flap pocket.
A light pink sheath dress with a high neckline and sweeping empire line in the same crepe fabric had that kind of sophisticated, modern ’60s tailoring vibe that Jackie Kennedy, another style icon in the bright light of the world, also wore to great effect.
Continuing with the theme, the Rixo couple also sported a lemon crew neck dress with a cutaway bolero jacket against a backdrop of Ca’Pietra tiles for the Postcards From Goa collection, which was inspired by the Fontainhas area, also known as the Latin Quarter known from Goa.
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Block prints have become a new focus for designers, with this collection featuring more plains than any previous one, shown in bold colours.
Tile influenced the signature hand-painted prints and the introduction of new details such as rose corsets, lace trimmings, sweetheart necklines, and crochet work.
The collection will be available from March next year with pieces sized UK 6-24.
Earlier this month, Rixo announced a selection of 32 individual items from the AW22 collection, to be offered in sizes 6-24, saying their expanded sizing range is “a proud moment for us, taking this big step in the right direction.” to have made direction”.
“We’re not perfect, but for us this is just the beginning – other sizes are already in the pipeline. We look forward to learning from customer feedback on our expanded size offering and using this to further develop and perfect our collections in the future,” said Henrietta Rix.
Over the past seven years, the two designers have developed their signature use of the “splice and dice” printing technique, expanding their Rixo range from dresses and separates to knitwear, swimwear, shoes, bags and jewellery.
In addition to retail sales through their website and in select stores, Rixo performs exceptionally well in the circular fashion space, where pieces from previous collections are some of the most sought-after on the rental market here. This includes the famous blue and white cut-back “Agyness” dress, which debuted in 2019.
Rachel Hennessy, Owner of Happy Days Fashion Rentals in Leopardstown, Dublin said: “Our number one rental of 384 dresses is the Rixo ‘Agyness’ and every month Rixo is consistently in our top five brands. People love the brand so they go online to our website and so many come to the store to look for it.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/fashion/rixo-showcase-vibrant-colours-in-goa-inspired-collection-at-london-fashion-week-41998561.html Rixo shows bright colors in a Goa-inspired collection at London Fashion Week