You can always count on Rixo to bring a much-needed dose of fun to London Fashion Week. The beloved British label, famously created by friends Henrietta Rix & Orlagh McCloskey out of their living room back in 2015, is known for its unique blend of whimsy and wearability. For Spring/Summer 2023, Rix and McCloskey took creative inspiration from Goa, India’s beachy bohemian mecca. McCloskey fell in love with the area’s Fontainhas area, also known as the ‘Latin Quarter’, during a recent trip, and wanted to blend Rixo’s aesthetic sensibility with the area’s intricate ceramic and tile patterns.
Aptly titled ‘Postcards from Goa’ and presented at the Hop Exchange, a sprawling Victorian building in central London, S/S ’23 was chocked-full of new season prints and discreet new interpretations of the Rixo house codes. “We wanted to bring our wearers joy and happiness when they wore our SS23 collection, creating prints and pieces that felt unique to Rixo’s DNA,” explained McCloskey. “We’ve worked really hard to introduce so many gorgeous new shapes and details this season.” That meant a fabulous mix of flirty mini dresses in bold block colours (with quintessentially Rixo details like bow-shaped fastenings) and more bohemian styles, like floating chiffon day dresses in paisley and batik prints. Elsewhere, nods to ocean came courtesy of painted seahorse print and playful sun motifs, while the introduction of structured dresses with matching jackets showed off a more demure side to the brand.
Like all other British designers this season, Rix and McCloskey had to reckon with a London Fashion Week that coincided with a period of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. The brand handled this challenge gracefully, presenting the collection alongside cups of English breakfast tea, with both designers opting to wear black as a marker of respect for the late monarch. “I was so deeply saddened with the news of Her Majesty’s passing,” said Rix. “She was a truly extraordinary woman who unwaveringly dedicated herself selflessly to serve her country and her people with dignity and grace.” It’s an added touch that the new Princess of Wales is a long-time fan of the brand—she was photographed in a polka dot Rixo dress as recently as mid-September.
And there you have it: Rixo’s dresses are royally fabulous, and more joy-making than ever.