A Showcase by Dame Zandra Rhodes: A/W London Fashion Week

January 5, 2020

For the past five decades, Dame Zandra Rhodes has been an outstanding icon in the fashion industry. She is known just as much for her wild fluorescent pink hair as her eccentric designs and prints, which often incorporate fine and delicate fabrics in creative color palettes. It’s a recognizable aesthetic.

This past September, she celebrated 50 years in the business and debuted her “Golden Hour” Collection at London Fashion Week 2019.

The collection draws its inspiration from ‘Victoriana’ and shows items and designs heavily influenced by the Victorian era.

Ruffles, delicate waistlines, and intricate details like pearl and beading is some of what you’ll see in the collection.

“The color palette is an ode to adding warmth to the colder months”

True to the name of the collection, “Golden Hour” (a photography term for the gorgeous time of day right before sunrise or sunset) the collection features a warm color palette of blues, red, oranges and earth tones, punctuated by delicate details like pleats, ruffles and pearls.

The use of shimmer fabrics and chiffon is key in this collection, along with the ruffles, to reflect the light and show the different tones and warm colors in the garments.

I had the chance to see this collection first-hand, at the showcase which took place at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London.

Actress April Pearson also attended the showcase and was seen wearing Zandra Rhodes on the red carpet at the British Film Institute Flare awards shortly after.

The screen-printed fabrics were printed in-house, and every garment in the collection was made and assembled in the designer’s London studio.

As one of Britain’s most iconic figureheads in fashion, these collections are always exciting to see.

After seeing this Autumn/Winter collection, many people at the showcase mentioned how much they were looking forward to seeing her Ready to Wear Spring/Summer collection. So am I.