When Grazia had tea with . . . ZANDRA RHODES!

11 June 2010

Earlier with week, we minced down to the Mandeville hotel in Mayfair for a very civilised fashion launch indeed. For the launch of her new range of handbags Zandra Rhodes was holding court over tea, canapés and tiny sandwiches with the crusts cut off . . .  all served on dainty Wedgewood china designed by none other than Zandra herself.

We sat down with the legendary fuchsia-haired designer to get the lowdown on the bags, and a few other essential topics.

So Zandra, tell us about your handbag range,

“Well, first and foremost, the most important thing we did was; Thinked Pink! Right down the pink gold, which we’ve used to make the chains and the Zandra logos”.


Zandra guides us through the range of cluthes, doctors' bags through to hexagonal shoulder bags to capacious totes in a palette of pink, purple, blue and green,  

“This one is big enough to fit a pair of flat shoes in!” she exclaims, over one. A woman after our own hearts, indeed. What else is part of Zandra’s essential handbag kit then?

“Well, a camera, then I have my phone of course. I have to have the two things separately because I absolutely cannot take pictures on my phone. Then I’ll have my diary [Zandra flops out an absolutely huge purple book stuffed with bits of paper] in case I want to write down a handy note. Then glasses, make up, keys. Oh, and headache pills”

Blimey Zandra, with a kit that size to lug around, it’s no wonder you need painkillers with you!

-Naomi Attwood


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