With her signature pink bob, eyes rimmed in blue shadow and a fondness for a jazzy print or three, I would be hard-pressed to name someone whose personal style is more diametrically opposed to my own than Zandra Rhodes.
But as the designer makes her return to the schedule of London Fashion Week today, I saw her work in a new light, not least because a host of bright young things are carrying her mantle into the new season. While I couldn't completely copy her more-is-more approach, I could easily pick a patterned piece or two.
House of Hackney, the brilliant purveyors of print, have teamed up with the William Morris Gallery to create a collection inspired by the textile-designing polymath's archive. There's a touch of psychedelia to the darkly distorted flower prints that feature across jumpsuits and dresses, but it's the bright, striped faux-fur jackets that have really caught my eye – they are serious showstoppers. It would be a bit much to unveil Marques'Almeida's patchwork brocade top underneath, so I'd probably stick to indigo boyfriend jeans if I were to get that particular party piece.
A more discreet nod to the septuagenarian's style could be a Seventies-style daisy print dress, that would look charming with boots – either knee-high, or mid-calf is this season's key height. Subtler still would be a pink leopard-print Baby-G, which knitwear designer Sibling will be debuting in its catwalk show tomorrow. The finishing touch, of course, is to think pink – if only semi-permanently – courtesy of a bit of Bleach London's range of bonkers brights.
1. Zandra Rhodes' inimitable style
2. Watch £150, baby-g.co.uk/sibling
3. The Big Pink hair crayon £4, bleachlondon.co.uk
4. Top £345, Marques'Almeida 5. Dress £65, asos.com
6. Coat £425, houseofhackney.comReuse content