Zandra Rhodes unveils Free People collection - and you'll want every piece

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Zandra Rhodes has collaborated with Free People for a collection that will solve any summer wardrobe conundrums. The iconic designer has worked with the brand to create eight timeless pieces that feature her vibrant prints.

Highlights include a flattering maxi dress festooned in a star design first created by Rhodes in the '60s, a white mini dress with an embroidered shell motif that was first introduced in the early '70s, and a classic leather jacket starring her Mexican Turnaround print, which appears in vibrant pink stitching.

"It makes me excited to be able to reach more people through this collaboration with Free People," says Rhodes. "As a luxury designer, it is often hard to be accessible to the many. Collaborating with a brand that is affordable but still maintains high quality is a real goal for me. I also love the bohemian aesthetic that Free People have, it really aligns with and speaks to the Zandra Rhodes wearer."

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Rhodes, who celebrated her 50th year in fashion in 2019, is famed as not only putting British fashion on the international map in the '70s, but also for having dressed some of history's most famous style icons, from Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana to Marc Bolan and Bianca Jagger. The collaboration came about after Free People chief creative director Ana Hartl joined Rhodes in her London Bridge studio to delve into her extensive archives. Together, they identified four prints that would pair perfectly with the brand's silhouettes, resulting in a feminine, bohemian collection that can be dressed up or down.

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"Zandra is a legend and her designs are what Free People designers dream of," says Hartl. "Her work embodies an electrified version of the beauty, whimsy and spirit that we love - her passion of handcraft in her print artwork is so closely matched with our creative values and aesthetic. To be able to combine her prints with our shapes was a dream come true."

Hartl first came across Rhodes' work through Anna Sui, who she worked with prior to launching Free People. "Anna was always a huge Zandra fan and they're friends, so this was a fun full-circle moment for me," she says.

The collection launches online and Free People stores on 20 July. Prices start at £88.

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