Zandra at the Palace: Zandra Rhodes had an appointment at Buckingham Palace on Friday, to collect her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire honor – or dame-hood – from Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter Princess Anne. The pink-haired Rhodes – who made her name in the Sixties and Seventies with her colorful prints and bohemian designs – was named a dame in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honors last June. And the designer gave the thumbs up to the naval uniform that Anne wore to present the honor. “She looked quite magnificent in her uniform – it made it much more official,” said Rhodes, who received the award for services to fashion and textiles. Alongside Rhodes’ own design work, she founded the Fashion and Textile Museum in south London in 2003.
To pick up the award at the palace, Rhodes wore a skirt and top of her own design in a deep blue and black print, accessorized with a pillbox hat by Piers Atkinson. Rhodes noted that Princess Anne “congratulated me on my business going on for so long.” After the ceremony, Rhodes threw a party at the Fashion and Textile Museum Friday night, with designer David Sassoon, Betty Jackson, Wendy Dagworthy and actress Jenny Agutter all in attendance. “It was pretty glitzy,” noted Rhodes. As to future projects, the designer said she’s working on her ongoing collections for Colebrooke by Windsmoor and her collaboration with ethical label People Tree, alongside her own Zandra Rhodes line.