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In the Press: Zara Phillips: our next royal bride turns model

Zara Phillips is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Hello! magazine, with a five-page spread inside of the royal equestrian wearing her popular ZP176 collection.

As the country seems to be fascinated with all things Kate and Wills, the Royal Wedding countdown issue is sure to be one of the weekly magazine’s best-selling issues this year and it’s out now…

Zara Phillips: our next royal bride turns model

Royal bride-to-be Zara Phillips models her latest design as she talks about winning in the fashion stakes

‘Though Zara’s just months away from marrying rugby star Mike Tindall, wedding gowns aren’t the only fashion project on her mind.  Here, after last year’s successful debut, the young royal unveils the latest collection from her collaboration with performance clothing brand Musto exclusively in HELLO!

Must says: “She has been completely hands-on with the designs from the length of sleeves to the way the zipper does up.”‘

“I’m very happy…  I couldn’t really ask for anything else”

‘The most pressing style issue on champion equestrian Zara Phillips’ mind is probably the gown she’ll be wearing as she marries rugby star Mike Tindall in Scotland this July.  Not to mention the outfit she will appear in at her cousin William’s nuptials this week.  But despite the fact that she’s been busy planning perfect wedding ensembles, the Queen’s granddaughter has also been hard at work putting together another big fashion project – her latest collection for sportswear brand Musto.

The summer-bride-to-be looks positively aglow as she gives us a peek at the new pieces at Lucknam Park luxury hotel in Bath.

This spring is the second season that she’s collaborated with the 47-year-old company on the range, called ZP176 – a combination of her initials and her British eventing number – which combines technical fabrics with flattering silhouetes.

Princess Anne’s sports-mad daughter has in the past described her own daily uniform as “breeches, jumper and T-shirts – you can’t be too smart around horses”, but says this particular fashion venture brings a new dimension to the sport.’

While she doesn’t consider herself a cover girl, Zara looks picture perfect as she models her Musto range

“The collection we created is not only practical, but very stylish,” says the champion equestrian of her ZP176 line, named after initials and her British eventing number.  “I wear it all the time, training and competing, so I know what the customer expects”

The ZP176 range has found huge success, and with the spring/summer collection now in the shops, Zara’s looking forward to an expansion next season.  With her riding career and design collaboration both going strong, Zara’s mind is on her next big project: her 30 July wedding

She’s also become an official ambassador for the Signature by Musto collection, and has played the role in general for the brand since 2008.  And to top off their successful teaming, ZP176 made its debut last year to a fantastic reception, to Zara’s delight. 

“I am very happy the way the first season has gone,” she says.  “We’ve produced some great products and a number of the items have actually sold out twice, so I couldn’t really ask for anything else!”

While her unique personal style has meant she’s much-photographed – for example, a leather-trimmed trench she wore last month made headlines – her foray into fashion also puts to use her experience in the sports world.

“I’ve been wearing Musto for most of my life, starting with the sailing range,” she explains.  And her need for good-looking garments that can withstand a bit of rough and tumble has no doubt increased since becoming an auntie to her brother Peter’s first child, Savannah, at the end of last year.

While she certainly looks at home in these photographs, down-to-earth Zara insists she is far more comfortable in a saddle in front of the lens.  “I’m not a model,” she has said.  “You just have to get on with it and get a good picture!  I start off not wanting to do it, and it gets better through the day.”

Not only does modelling suit her – the success of the ZP176 line has her hooked on design.  “I definitely see the collection expanding,” she enthuses, “and what is really exciting is that the success of the collection allows me to expand the range.  It’s a very exciting season for us.  We’ll be introducing more colours and new styles.  There is also another surprise – but I can’t reveal that just yet!”

All in all, it doesn’t look like Zara will be slowing down any time soon.

In fact, it’s been revealed that, after she and Mike marry on 30 July in Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk, the couple’s honeymoon will be delayed because of work commitments.

While Mike is headed right back to tackling his rugby career, taking part in the England versus Wales World Cup warm-up match on 6 August, Zara has a full schedule of eventing until the season ends in autumn.  Said a spokesperson: “They will grab a holiday when they can…  When they were looking at wedding dates they knew it would be business as usual on the Monday after the wedding.”

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