Juxtapoz Magazine – Zandra Rhodes and Fluevog Team for New Summer Capsule Collection


What’s in a title? Zandra Rhodes’ mum preferred to call her Xandra, following Alexander the Good. But there was the difficulty of pronunciation, so she became Zandra, fittingly indicating “defender of humanity.” In a perception, that’s what Rhodes does, ushering bliss, technicolor and timelessness in a a long time long career that is still strutting.

Practically strutting in just one of our enjoyable favorites, Fluevog, the eponymous model identify that summons fantasy footwear minus the blisters and fallen arches. Textile maven Zandra Rhodes and shoe designer John Fluevog admit to “circling each and every other for decades,” so what a fantastic time to split cost-free from a wardrobe of sneakers and scuffs and take a peek at their joint capsule assortment.   

“I was in New York City 35 many years in the past with a pricey shopper who took me to a fantastic shop exactly where I bought the most incredible pair of parrot eco-friendly footwear,” remembers Zandra. “A couple of many years later on, there was a break-in at my area, and what did they choose? People fantastic eco-friendly footwear!”  Occasionally it usually takes a although to get alongside one another, but as I said, these two are timeless.

And so, it appeared, was the Covid lockdown. But although the relaxation of us ended up bingeing on Netflix, Zandra and Stephen obtained with each other more than Zoom to collaborate, where by she remembers “we thoroughly worked together, figuring out which of the types worked on his footwear. No, ‘I want this or I want that.’”

“We didn’t have to formally concur,” John states, “we just knew it had to be problem absolutely free. We’ve each been in organization for over 40 yrs, and our aesthetics just meshed.” The ensuing Munster Maxes, Minis and 7th Heaven patterns pulsate with Zandra’s Wiggle Bouquets, Stripy Wiggles and Swirly Wiggle Flowers, all with structure in mind, but unquestionably wearable.  “I wore the boots for the initial time yesterday, and had them on all working day!” As John underscores, “We do factors we like, we do not have to respond to to shareholders. Can I walk all over in them, would I use them?”

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Rhodes graduated from England’s Royal College of Artwork with a diploma in house furnishing textile style, and her first foray into trend was a problem. Whilst cherished Liberty of London floral prints ruled as the design and style of the working day, she referenced vacation books, Warhol. Liechtenstein and Pucci, exposing seams and embellishing with security pins before anybody else. These types of really like of prints resulted in the Manner and Textile Museum that she recognized in 2003, the floor ground of her enchanting studio close to the tower of London. Like an ornate Baroque structure place, it is been Zandra-ized (such as the kitchen area), as John describes it, loaded with pottery and “all the bits I like most effective,” she smiles. Of course, the entry is a rainbow flooring that commences with pink and ends in violet. 

I ask if she has ever built nearly anything in black, and she laughs. “Well, the Every day Mail challenged me to have on black for a 7 days.” But why would we want her to?

Her clients didn’t! I asked for a favored celebrity memory, so in a natural way that would be a fellow Brit. “Freddie was a young boy when I satisfied him, Brian (May) and the rest of Queen arrived into my rickety Bayswater studio. I told them to appear late into the night when my seamstresses were being at house, as I didn’t have a dressing room! They seemed as a result of the racks of garments and Freddie cherished a wedding dress which was hanging up. He place the selected outfits on and pranced all around, looking at how the clothing would move on stage. He had fantastic energy and charisma, but was relatively shy. I guess all of his pizazz was saved for his live shows!”

“I love the joy in our Zandra Rhodes assortment. There’s an abandonment of norms,” John concludes. And so we conclude: distribute the pleasure, yourselves. Ms. Rhodes is obviously experiencing everyday living, so observe in her footsteps. —Gwynned Vitello

The Fluevog X Zandra Rhodes selection launches at Fluevog suppliers everywhere and online, Friday, June 10th. Have enjoyable! 




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