In the Press: Zara Phillips launches new Musto designer clothing line
‘Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne, has launched her new line of designer outdoor clothing. The ZP 176 collection, named for her eventing number when she first represented Britain, consists of eight pieces ranging from £35 for a long-sleeved riding top to £200 for a fleece jacket.
Zara Phillips launches new line of designer activewear
The clothes are offered through MUSTO, for whom Miss Phillips is ambassador. The accomplished rider, who does not have a royal title, modeled some of the clothes herself and has been wearing MUSTO for years. She asked to be referred to as an athlete, since she’s neither a model nor a princess—Princess Anne declined royal titles for her children when they were born.
Zara Phillips is a reluctant model at best. “I start off really not wanting to do it in the morning but then it gets better,” she said at the launch event. Sometimes, she even likes the pictures.
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The horsewoman won gold medals at the 2005 and 2007 European Eventing Championships, but has not enjoyed as much success since losing her favorite horse, Toytown, to injuries.
The horse is still alive, but cannot compete. Zara Phillips is currently seeking a horse that can support her attemptdream to represent Britain in the 2012 Olympics, which coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Miss Phillips’ clothing range is considered “designer” and she has no plans to expand into more mainstream realms. It’s designed to be durable and usable by serious equestrians.
Zara Phillips’ MUSTO designer clothing to go on sale in August
Photos for the launch were taken at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The athlete joked that they airbrushed the horses’ drool off the clothing. The line has taken two years to develop, and Zara Phillips admits that she has simply tweaked pre-existing designs to carry her name. She has aimed for products that can be comfortably worn for riding and other outdoors pursuits. The clothing will go on sale in August.’
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