For British fashion, when it comes to prints Zandra Rhodes is the master. She’s had her brand for well over 30 years and remains strong in the niche market she has created. Her small team works to produce some of the most interesting and unique prints found today. She does all of her prints, which are inspired by the sketches she does on her many world travels, on silk chiffon primarily (I know I just split that infinitive, but I like it). She’s done collections inspired by banana leaves, Mexican sombreros, Egyptian hieroglyphics and even the Texas sun. Her lines consist of mostly tops, dresses and kaftans that are constructed to flatter women of all sizes.
At our appointment we met with Ben. Since Zandra was trained in textile design and designs all of the prints for the textiles in her collections, Ben designs the shapes and garments for the collections. He went through many of her past prints, some from the 70s and 80s and some from last season. He even showed us a top that Sarah Jessica Parker wore in Sex and the City (he believes it is the episode in which she meets Aleksander Petrovsky, I would check if I brought the series with me)!!! And, of course, the intense SATC buff that I am, I immediately recognized the garment as something I saw her wear. But then something magical happened: he let us try on the garments we had just been looking at. He wanted us to have fun and play dress up like we were 7 years old again. It was so much fun, and a great way to brighten the dreariest London day.
You wouldn’t think I’d try that top on without documenting it?? Here I am in the SJP/SATC top!