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ZANDRA RHODES WITH PEOPLE TREE FOR S/S 2016 - "Girl Power: Roses, Lipsticks and Bows"

"People Tree", sustainable and Fair Trade pioneers, have launched their Spring/Summer 2016 collaboration with the iconic designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes.

Feminine with a powerful edge, the collection named ‘Girl Power: Roses, Lipsticks and Bows’ embraces Zandra’s archive prints on a palette of soft colours and the finest 100% certified organic cotton from India and features asymmetrical hemlines. The handwoven and block printed craft collection on blue tailored ruffles shows People Tree’s years of partnership with Fair Trade groups in Bangladesh. The collaboration brings to life archive prints inspired by Zandra’s surroundings in the 60’s and 80’s.

The Lipstick print was originally created in the 1960’s, and it was inspired by a Guy Bourdin ad in French Vogue. The Bow print was originally designed in the 1980’s and inspired by Egyptian stars on Zandra’s first visit to Egypt, where she saw Pharaohs’ tombs. The magical lines of bows criss-cross the fabric as background to the stars. The Check print is based on Zandra’s stitching patterns, used in her very first collection in 1969. The Rose print was originally created for Zandra’s Rose Shawl Collection and it was interpreted into pure geometric shapes and wonderful angular petals.

Dame Zandra Rhodes said: “We went for very simple garment shapes that can be both dressed up or dressed down and really show off the printed patterns that we have carefully chosen.”

In April 2015, Safia Minney, Founder and CEO of People Tree, along with author and journalist Lucy Siegle went with Dame Zandra Rhodes to rural village, Thanapara, near the Ganges River in North West Bangladesh. Safia introduced Zandra to one of People Tree’s long term Fair Trade producer groups Swallows - with whom they have been partnering for over 20 years. Zandra also travelled to producer group Kumudini, in Bangladesh, to see the rose triangle design and check design be carved into wood and then block printed by hand.

This unique and fabulous collection consists of eight different styles: jersey dress, long sleeve jersey dress, asymmetrical dress, jersey top, jersey long sleeve top, woven dress, woven top and woven skirt in four of Zandra’s hand sketched designs. The collection will be available in sizes 8 - 16 at from February 2016.

"People Tree" is  a pioneer in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion. For over twenty years, People Tree has partnered with Fair Trade artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco fashion collections. Fair Trade is about creating a new way of doing business: creating access to markets and opportunities for people who live in the developing world. People Tree actively supports 4000 farmers and artisans through 50 Fair Trade producer groups, in 6 developing countries. 
The lipsticks and bows styles are made in 100% organic certified cotton by People Tree producer group Assisi garments. Assisi creates clothes for people and the planet. Organic cotton is made without harmful pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers. Fair Trade principles ensure the rights of the workers and put profit into social welfare projects, including schools and hospitals.

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