Talking Shop: Zandra Rhodes
The designer with the brightest hair in fashion shares her favourite shopping spots from 50 years in the industry
Tue Jun 25 2013
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London’s fuchsia-haired veteran designer has been creating clothes for the past 50 years. Here she picks her favourite shopping spots in London.
What is your favourite weird place to shop in London?
Only Tesco, Surrey Quays at midnight!
Where do you always try to go when you’re in town?
Museums and openings, the V&A Friday Lates and Tate Modern Lates.
What do you spend all your cash on?
Dinner for my friends in my Rainbow Penthouse above the museum using fab artistic china dinnerware by Carole McNichol. Collecting Duggie Fields paintings, sculptures, pottery, and Kate Malone ceramics!
What do you scrimp on?
What do you consider to be London's most stylish decade?
The '60s and '70s were big, but I live in the now. I can’t afford to look back.
Who (in London) do you consider really stylish?
Duggie Fields, Andrew Logan, ME. We are the triumvirate.
What is the best shop in the world?
Corso Como, Milan.
If you had just a tenner, where would you spend it?
Patisserie Lila, Borough Market.
What is good and bad about shopping in London?
Traffic is bad, but the variety is good. Luckily the tube is great.
What is the piece of clothing that you have had the most wear out of?
One of my own chiffon dresses.
Biggest mistake buy?
If you could supermarket sweep any designer or store in the world, which would it be?
Marshalls in Solana Beach, California.
Where do you hunt for bargains?
H&M… why don’t they have me do a collection?
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