Dress | Rixo London
Shoes | Terry De Havilland at Asos (2 years old)
The Holy Grail of Frocks – Dreamy Dresses from Rixo London
I thought I’d given prints and clashing patterns a rest to be honest. After an experimentation with florals late last year and an unexpected fondness for them (really I just can’t believe they actually suited me), I decided to PUT DOWN the prints and give myself a breather via plain pastel blue coats and vinyl trousers. All this changed the day I went with my good friend Katie (who also happens to take the fashion photos on the blog) to the London Fashion Week Festival where I encountered (and subsequently underwent myself), what can only be described as a RIXO frenzy.
Something magical happens when you put on a RIXO dress. It just POPS with personality, fun and sheer originality. It’s the modern equivalent of Barbara Hulancki’s late 60s BIBA label and the buzz that surrounded it. The label first appeared on my radar about 3 years back when Vogue mentioned it in one of their issues. The fact that the label was British and created great, standout dresses just spoke to me and loudly. But I discounted them due to the higher price point, thinking that I’d get one eventually… one day. Like most women, I am ‘obsessed’ with finding the perfect dress. The dress that JUST IS and always has been. It’s nigh on impossible to find without spending some serious cash of course and RIXO dresses don’t come cheap but neither are they out of reach. Their dresses are priced between £205 and £315, with blouses starting from £175. If you consider the design, dazzling and unusual hand painted prints on silk and in easy to wear shapes, then actually they are well worth that amount of cash and then some. Plus they have the WOW factor. If bohemian styling based on vintage pieces is not your thing, then look away now. These dresses are unabashedly vintage inspired and bohemian in their outlook. I know I keep going on about these two style icons but for me the dresses sort of convey… wait for it – 1970s Stevie Nicks and Cher on a girls’ night with the added Riviera glamour of 1960s Sophia Loren all in the VIP section at Glastonbury. Does that make sense? Err? And for this reason they are bohemian and resolutely NOT boho. Their dresses have structure and oh so fine a cut. No loose hanging belt and cheap fringing here! These garments sit well and hang beautifully on the female frame, regardless of size I think. The clothes are free- spirited and daring in the sense that they are fairly anti-fashion. In fact RIXO have stated that they don’t follow trends, they just do what they want, when they want and this is VERY bohemian in itself don’t you think?
So, the RIXO Pandora dress pictured above. A BEAUT of a dress IMHO. You may beg to differ, but have you tried wearing it? It’s supremely comfy and free flowing – the closest you’ll ever get to feeling naked but fully clothed. It was soft and silken and just perfect. I wasn’t even going to try these dresses on at the small shop-come-stall at the London Fashion Week Festival. I wholeheartedly blame Katie! 😉 We picked out the Pandora top for Katie and it was just amazing on her. I tried on a red mini wrap dress which was a bit too short and a bit too well tight – Katie, myself and the lovely Rixo staff weren’t convinced. I was ok with that. I didn’t even consider the dress above. I hardly wear Maxi dresses anymore as I tend to focus on the best feature of my body when I dress – which I think are my legs. Katie thrust the above dress into the cubicle “Just try this on will you – I’d love to see how it looks on someone tallish”. I obliged. “Why not?” I thought. So I put it on and I knew right away it suited me. The midnight blue / navy colour is so flattering on and the silver AND gold embroidered stars and moons it was adorned with – are heavenly (sorry bad pun). Now I must say that the great thing about shopping at The London Fashion Week Festival is that there are BRILLIANT discounts on all the brands – RIXO included. Another reason for our combined frenzy.
I think my expression below says it all. It’s the perfect dress if you want to look sexy but not reveal too much flesh. Yes the front is cut low and some of the pics I’ve posted are pretty busty as I was wearing a push up bra that was low cut so it wouldn’t show (but so what I guess?). I think the fact that it’s so fun to wear comes across in spades. YOU wear the dress in this one, it doesn’t wear you and that’s pretty empowering and freeing. It can be dressed up or down no problem. If you’re worried about your modesty, you can always wear a top underneath that covers you a little more but I think there’s something vampiric and ‘of the night’ about this look if you’re in an emboldened mood. Fancy dress without being fancy dress! Wear to your coven meeting, I mean girl gang meet up and you’ll be head witch for the night. 😉
I paired it with a straw bag I picked up in Valencia last year and a more structured black box bag from Zara. Similarly I love it with leopard skin courts from Zara but also with the coral pink Kurt Geiger shoes to add a pop of colour. The black satin scarf is very 70s I think and yet another good way to cover up if you feel self-conscious. We also styled it like a choker here and it’s just so 1970s rock n roll I can’t get over it, but I guess I’ll just have to.
Keeping with the celestial theme above. I’ve added a meteorite necklace I got (dirt cheap) last year in the sale at ASOS. I think it’s perfect. You could also put layers of pendants too to add texture. Oh and have you noticed the lovely beading on the dress as well as the embroidery?
In the image above, I’ve matched the dress with a choker and some fab Terry De Havilland platforms and a clutch to make it more evening wear. It’s pretty Disco/Studio 54 or LA Laurel Canyon. Whatever, I LOVE it! In the image below, you’ll see the back of the dress. There’s a band of fabric around the waist with smocking detail above it and I mustn’t forget to say there’s also mini smocking on the shoulders. The three fabric buttons on the gathered cuff are just lovely and remind me of the dresses my mum had when I was growing up. So you can see the amount of handiwork and detailing that goes into these items. I really feel like they are collectors items for the future.
Anyway, next week I will bring you another RIXO dress – The Chrissie Cherry Blossom – in all its hotch potch, clashing print Riviera glory. I hope you’ll tune in guys. Thanks for continuing to follow me and the blog. Love, hugs and in keeping with the Pandora dress… peace. xxxx
Thanks as always to the lovely Katie Knight-Adams who has worked her photographic magic in these pictures. x