The legendary Zandra Rhodes designs a capsule collection for Simply Be!

The word legend is sometimes applied a little to easily. But in fashion terms, Zandra Rhodes is most definitely a  total legend. The flamboyant designer dressed the beautiful and famous of the 1970s and 1980s, from supermodels like Pat Cleveland, to Princess Diana, who looked beautiful in a white Zandra Rhodes gown that was later sold in the famous 1997 auction. Today, in the time of our fashion obsession with all things 1970s, she is as relevant as ever, with fashionistas falling over themselves in order to acquire pieces of vintage Zandra Rhodes. Nicole Richie is a huge fan, who is often photographed in vintage pieces, looking amazing in boho style designs that are just perfect for her. And now Zandra has added another chapter to  her amazing career by designing a special collection for Simply Be.

The Zandra Rhodes for Simply Be collection is an absolute corker. It references the beautiful prints, patterns and designs that have been the key to Zandra’s collections during her 40 year career,  but has then used these carefully in order to enhance a more curvaceous figure. The result is a capsule collection of 8 stunning pieces that have a glamorous, boho feel to them.

This Autumn/Winter collection is specifically aimed at the plus-sized girl, coming in sizes 14-32. It is ultra flattering and has something for every occasion. I love the jacket shown in the first picture which would great with jeans for a casual look,  or with smart trousers for workwear. All of these pieces would enhance your current wardrobe, and are reasonably priced, with all  pieces costing between £15-£99.

Simply Be say “…Zandra strategically employs the prints in her Simply Be designs to flatter and enhance the curvaceous figure…”

The collection is available now at

Kate Middleton – why fashion needs a new Princess of style.

Kate Middleton at the Garter Procession (with ...

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This week the papers were full of speculation that we could have a royal wedding next July(the 25th to be exact), with Prince William finally popping the question to the lovely, long Princess in waiting Kate Middleton.

I think it’s great news that Kate could soon be Princess Katherine. She is such a stunning girl, a real show pony, with her glossy chestnut locks, lovely figure and a very pretty face. My friend Dawn once saw her in the flesh whilst walking along the King’s Road and confirmed that she was flawless, even more beautiful in the flesh.

She dresses pretty stylish too, with Topshop outfits rubbing shoulders with neat Issa dresses.

Wouldn’t it be good to have a real style Princess to fill the void left by the death of Princess Diana? Diana was a real style icon, from the early pie crust collars, veiled hats and Jasper Conran evening gowns, to her later Versace shifts, Chanel suits and show stopping black dresses. Her HRH days were a huge boost to British fashion, with her support of Bruce Oldfield, The Emmanuel’s, Belville Sassoon and Zandra Rhodes amongst many. Since her death, we have had to make do with our celebrity princesses, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Cheryl Cole being some of the biggest trailblazers for British style.

Kate Middleton has that horsey, middle class sensibility that is so loved by Luella Bartley. She has that healthy outdoors air combined with a girl about town look that could see her become a real force in British fashion circles if she was to become Princess Kate. And think of how good this could be for British designers, if there was a real Princess attending film premieres in real tiaras, or school openings in little jaunty hats, tea dresses and nipped in suits. We need Princess Kate to inspire a new chapter in British fashion design. Imagine a royal wedding dress designed by Marchesa or Alice Temperley. Let’s hope Prince William does the right thing!

Kate Style – a new Diana maybe?