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Two weeks ago, People Tree and Dame Zandra Rhodes held an exclusive launch event for our SS16 collaborative collection ‘Girl Power: Roses, Lipsticks and Bows’. Hosted in Zandra’s colourful penthouse, journalist and leading ethical fashion advocate Lucy Siegle led conversation between iconic textile designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and People Tree CEO and founder Safia Minney.

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The trio spoke about their adventures on a recent trip to Bangladesh where they were checking up on production of the collaboration. Zandra spoke about the collection and working with People Tree:

‘I am proud to be involved with what you are doing at People Tree. I think it is fabulous that we have managed to do great designs that have an edge on them, which are also ethically produced.’

Zandra told us about how Safia discovered the lipstick print in her archive – originally created in the 60’s and inspired by a Guy Bourdin ad in French Vogue.

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The big announcement of the night – Safia is releasing a new book! ‘Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meet Ethics’ which is due for release in early 2016 profiles the people bringing the alternatives to the mainstream: designers, labels and eco-concept stores across the world; fair trade producers; campaigns that are re-designing the fashion economy and the fibers and fabrics which are making a difference.

There were oodless of journalists and industry trailblazers snapping pictures and taking notes (in between nibbling on an organic canapé or two). We can’t wait to get our hands on this beautiful collection.

“One brilliant event. I hope you were pleased. Lovely vibe (and honestly I only had ONE drink) and great buzz in the room. You rocked it basically.” Lucy Siegle, Journalist

“Thank you for a fabulous evening last night. You and your team organised a truly inspiring event. People Tree is such an exciting and essential brand that is unique in the market place and I always feel so proud to tell people via my blog and wear your gorgeous clothes.” Georgie, Blogger

“It was a fabulous evening, thanks for that!” Liam, Glass Magazine

“Thank you so much for the invitation. It was so nice to see the new gorgeous Zandra Rhodes collection for People Tree and it was very nice to see you and Safia back. I had a really nice evening, I wish, I could have stayed later. And thank you so much for the nice goodie bag: I love the earrings and clutch!” Sonja, Blogger

Hope you are having a lovely weekend. I just wanted thank you again for having me at the event. It was really inspiring.” Tamara, Blogger

 

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