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The Telegraph: Zara Phillips talks through her new range for Musto

Somerset House usually plays host to fashion royalty (including a fair few queens) during show season, but entertained the real deal last week when Zara Phillips tootled along to debut her new-season clothing line for MUSTO.

The queen’s granddaughter and Olympic silver-winning equestrian has been designing for the sports and leisurewear brand for two years now. The spring/summer 2013 collection is more of the same stuff she launched with – training jackets, fleeces, gilets, polos and chaps – but they’re now apparently more “technical”.

Phillips talked through the details at the presentation she hosted and managed to make an amusing job of “waterproof finishes” and “stretch mesh ventilation panelling” thanks to some well-timed self-deprecation: “This jacket shares some of the properties of the Neptune Jacket – if you can remember what, you’re doing better than me,” she deadpanned, as models walked out wearing her designs and those from MUSTO‘s new sailing and shooting collections.

The models turned out to be fellow Olympians-come-MUSTO-ambassadors from the  sailing and shooting teams, including silver sailing medallist Saskia Clark, who mugged around good-naturedly. Top mugging points goes to the non-Olympian she roped in, though, the England rugby player, James Haskell; at weekends, he swaps rugby ball for rifle, so he has been made the face of the shooting line. “Who wants to see my balls?” he double-entendred while throwing out mini rugby balls to the crowd.

Phillips shrugged it off with a laugh before smoothly steering the crowd back to the clothes. She’s soon to appear on Million Pound Drop as a contestant, if the rumours are to be believed, although judging by today, she should consider hosting it – and putting Haskell and his cheesy innuendos in the drop box.

MUSTO spring/summer 2013, in stores January 2013; musto.com

(Originally published in The Telegraph)

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