Jonathan Aston collaborates with design icons

Hosiery label Jonathan Aston is marking its 50th anniversary with the launch of two collections designed in collaboration with iconic British designers Dame Zandra Rhodes and Celia Birtwell.

The much-revered designers attended a launch party in London last night where they discussed their collections with buyers and the press.

The collections will launch for AW15 and have been developed to complement Jonathan Aston’s fashion and heritage lines for the season.

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Zandra Rhodes, who has designed for Princess Diana and Freddy Mercury, was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s.

Commenting on her new hosiery range she said: “I am thrilled to do this collection of tights and socks, using intricate laces and weaves, utilizing my very own imagery. Fashion is not fashion without legs. They are focal and important to every outfit.

“This collection uses all my very special classic textiles and patterns – from peacock feathers, Indian feathers and wiggles to chains and safety pinks from my iconic punk collection of the 70s.”

Rhodes’ collection is focused around her lavish use of illustration, colour and pattern, and is an interpretation of her ready-to-wear lines over the years.

Celia Birtwell is a textile designer and fashion designer, known for her distinctive bold, romantic and feminine designs, which draw influences from Picasso, Matisse and from the classical world.

On her new hosiery collection, she said she was excited to see her designs being brought to life on tights and socks.

“Jonathon Aston burst onto the scene at the same time as Ossie [Clark] and myself started working together, so it was a pleasure to be asked to help celebrate Jonathon Aston’s 50th anniversary,” she added.

A nostalgic visit to the swinging sixties, Birtwell’s collection features a range of ankle socks and tights, adorned with a selection of paisley prints, floral motifs and animals.

Jonathan Aston brand manager Melodie Greenwell commented: “We’re delighted to be working with two pioneering British fashion figures, such as Celia and Zandra, along with Lycra to produce the anniversary collections.

“The whole process has been a fulfilling and exciting experience – it has been great to see how these two brilliant fashion minds have put their own spin on the classic Jonathan Aston brand.”

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