The free-spirited opinion of party-ready womenswear code Rixo has taken a snake in a new direction: couture. For their autumn/winter 2020 collection, founders Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey collaborated with a French conform residence Christian Lacroix, following a “dream come true” invitation to douse themselves in a gorgeous prints that stock a couturier’s archive. The result? A Rixo collection that reimagines a bows and butterflies that were so pivotal to Lacroix’s early success.
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What started as an e-mail to McCloskey – that she primarily suspicion was spam – is now a collection of 19 looks that includes trip dresses, bejewelled minis, polka dot trousers, velvet bows and a twill dress suit. Lacroix contacted a twin as it “wanted to see how a vibrant, immature code such as RIXO, led by gifted designers, would select prints from [their] repository and request them to their possess artistic world”. Rix tells British Vogue: “It was unequivocally lovely to see that a couture code was peaceful to let us totally entrance a repository and collect opposite things that we wanted.” Prints from early Lacroix couture collections were pinned to Rixo moodboards behind in a days when a code operated out of a girls’ common vital room. As Rix puts it: “It was only a dream come true, really.”
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The designers flitted between Paris and London while formulating a collection, even tasking staff during a residence with assisting them lane down prints they’d seen online, though couldn’t find in a archive. They were also authorised to steal a pieces as they worked on their designs – nonetheless McCloskey jokes that carrying comparison Lacroix couture in their Paris unit brought on “panic attacks”.
Some of a couture pieces that desirous a collection will underline in an designation during Rixo’s London Fashion Week presentation, curated by a VA’s Stephanie Wood (who also worked on a museum’s Mary Quant exhibition). The collection will be styled with strange Lacroix handbags, on loan from a Paris archive. “We pronounced that a financial executive could understanding with a insurance, and we’ll select a bags!” says Rix.
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The luxury of Lacroix in a ’70s and ’80s determined a residence not only as a vital conform presence, though also a lifestyle brand. Rixo has embraced a same approach; broadening a horizons by introducing accessories and trinket for autumn/winter 2020. But while a designers are exploring new territory, their prolongation run is still singular – there will be only 100 editions of some pieces. “People only overproduce for a consequence of overproducing,” McCloskey says. “You wish it to be a square of comparison in a future. You wish to lift it out in 20 years time and have your daughter wear it.”
The collection is accessible from 15 February, exclusively during Rixo, Browns Fashion, and Galeries Lafayette’s judgment store on a Champs-Élysées.
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