#throwbackthursday @ The Block is Haute
My friend Morgan, former co-worker & one half of the fabulous Pair of Heirs blog sent me this photo the other day. Because timehop.
Nope, this isn’t some random Halloween girl group situation.
This is a throwback snap of some college classmates and I in designer Zandra Rhodes’ London showroom.
I was blessed to get to go across the pond as part of the Baylor University Summer Study Tour. We spent two weeks over in Europe, traveling to Paris, London, & Scotland. The crew was a group of my classmates from the Fashion Merchandising & Fashion Design majors along with two of our professors.
I had the best time. I’m sure I was French in another life. I felt so free and comfortable walking around both Paris and London exploring by myself. Understanding the historical aspects on all of our sightseeing adventures really intrigued me. Even sitting at a cafe with a coffee (…okay, wine, maybe.) with a croissant and people watching was exciting too. Just taking in the life and culture that surrounded me was truly something I’ll never forget.
A few of our stops on the trip were to designer showrooms and studios. We got a behind-the-scenes look at how the print-driven designer Zandra Rhodes works. Her prints are what she is known for. She designs them based on her inspirations from traveling the world. She’s been designing since the ’60s and has dressed Princess Diana, Jackie O, and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.
There’s no better treat than to play dress up in designer threads. We all picked out what we would try on – it was so much fun! The garment that caught my eye was a dress inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s famed Mondrian dress and collection. YSL is one of my favorite designers and had passed just a few days earlier when we arrived in Paris so making my choice was a no-brainer. If only we were able to take the dresses with us!
If you haven’t been over to Europe yet – I highly recommend it.
Remember we just talked about taking a trip – do it!