Barbara Hulanicki for George – Brightest drop yet

I am a huge fan of Barbara Hulanicki, since reading her autobiography I was fascinated by her drive and glamour, and the allure of Biba, which even now, almost 40 years since it shut it’s doors, still has the aura of decadence and beauty, and a glamorous mystique which I don’t think can be applied to any other shop or store.

In recent years, Barbara has used patterns, cuts and styles of the past and has applied them to an affordable collection for George at Asda. The collection has been very popular and successful, and the latest drop has just gone live online and in stores. I have to say I think this may be my favourite collection yet, due to the use of pretty pink and mustard shades, and the addition of my current obsession, the kimono jacket.

The prints are still very much vintage influenced, with birds and butterflies showing the importance of nature to the designer. I also love the shape of the new wrap tops, which gently drape and are really versatile wardrobe essentials.

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection, which once again has no price above £18.

Barbara Hulanicki Bird Print Dress £18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Bird Print Dress
£18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Dress £18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Dress
£18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Bird Print Blouse £14.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Bird Print Blouse
£14.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Drape Top £9.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Drape Top
£9.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Butterfly Print Dress £18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Butterfly Print Dress
£18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Wrap Top £10.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Wrap Top
£10.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Butterfly Print Blouse £12.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Butterfly Print Blouse
£12.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Butterfly Print Kimono £14.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Butterfly Print Kimono
£14.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Collared Dress £18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Collared Dress
£18.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Drape Top £9.00 click to visit Asda George

Barbara Hulanicki Drape Top
£9.00 click to visit Asda George

To view the complete Barbara Hulanicki collection, including a few sales bargains, click here to visit Asda George.

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Barbara Hulanicki – latest drop for George

The latest collection from Barbara Hulanicki is now in Asda stores and online and is a perfect transitional collection. Again utilising Barbara’s retro style prints so reminiscent of the iconic Biba collections, paired against classic black, this 10 piece range perfectly bridges the wardrobe gap between Winter and early spring by using jersey style fabrics and longer sleeve lengths.

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The prints are mainly based on geometric designs, with stretched diamonds and ovals being the key designs. Added interest is provided in the use of metallic threads to give a very 1970s feel – I’m thinking the classic Missoni styling of adding fine gold thread to bright colours. There are also elements of geometry added to floral prints. This works really well, particularly on the Geo Floral print smock dress.

Barbara Hulanicki Cowl Neck Geo Print Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Cowl Neck Geo Print Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Knit Tunic £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Knit Tunic
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Geo Floral Print Smock Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Geo Floral Print Smock Dress
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

The collection is not just about dresses. The prints are also applied to a jumper, printed shirt and a very pretty red blouse. I am also pleased to see a rather stylish little black dress in the collection. This is most definitely the most versatile piece. It could be easily dressed up for a night out, or worn with flats or boots for a more daytime look. The slightly puffed sleeves, in particularly, are a real standout detail.

 

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Front Jumper £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Front Jumper
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Printed Blouse £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Printed Blouse
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Print Top £10.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Print Top
£10.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Geo Print Shirt £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Geo Print Shirt
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Dropped Waist Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Dropped Waist Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki V Neck Top £10.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki V Neck Top
£10.00 click to visit George at Asda

 

Click here to view the complete Barbara Hulanicki range at Asda George.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Flashbacks – Celia Birtwell and Barbara Hulanicki

Sometimes it feels as if fashion time isn’t moving forwards, but is instead moving backwards. A case in point is that this last week has seen two new High Street collections launched by ladies who can only be described as legends of the 1960s and 1970s, Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki and Celia Birtwell.

Now both grande Dames of fashion, and particularly fashion heroines of anyone who adores print, both Barbara and Celia and their designs remain as relevant as ever.

Celia’s latest prints are emblazoning a fabulous new collection of dresses and separates for cool Japanese brand Uniqlo. Shirtwaister dresses, elegant, masculine cut shirts and cute, versatile long sleeved t-shirts are all included in this collection, perfect for the transitional period we will soon be moving into. In addition, the stole/Scarves that have proved to be popular sell outs from other collections for Uniqlo, including the Orla Kiely collection, also make an appearance here, in a range of kitsch, retro prints.

Here a are few of my faves from the Celia Birtwell collection.

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Silk Long Sleeve Blouse £39.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN Silk Long Sleeve Dress (Celia Birtwell)D £69.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN Silk Long Sleeve Dress (Celia Birtwell)A £69.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Silk Stole £19.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN Celia Birtwell T Long Sleeve F+E £12.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN Celia Birtwell HEATTECH Boat Neck T (Printed)A £12.90 click to visit Uniqlo

To view all the Celia Birtwell Fall/Winter 2013 collection, click here. You can also view some seasonal reductions.

Barbara Hulanicki is also treating her fans to something special with her latest collaboration with supermarket brand George at Asda. Yes, the signature retro prints are back, but the palette is a strict monochrome. And there are also a couple of pieces that evoke all the extravagance of Big Biba, the amazing Art Deco palace of fashion that lasted for such a short time, yet still suggests exotic and decadent beauty and style. The pieces I’m thinking of have chiffon capes and could’ve been created for Marianne Faithfull or Julie Driscoll, such are their power.

Barbara Hulanicki Chiffon Cape Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Monochrome Swirl Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Print Tie Waist Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Chiffon Cape Top £14.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Peter Pan Collar Top £12.00 click to visit George at Asda

Click here to view the complete Barbara Hulanicki collection for George, including some seasonal reductions.