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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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.

 

Barbara Hulanicki for George – latest drop

I always get excited about a drop from the legendary designer Barbara Hulanicki for George at Asda, finding hard to believe that Barbara brings all that amazing expertise and iconic print styles to a supermarket for such amazing prices.

The latest range is now available in stores and online, and it is another corker. Concentrating this time on a palette of grey, cream, red and classic black, Barbara has mixed prints that have a late 60s paisley style with some plain items that could easily become wardrobe staples.

Key picks? For me, the cape sleeve little black dress is just gorgeous, and totally belies its £18 price tag, whilst the gathered dress is a style classic in the Diane Von Furstenberg mode.

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

Barbara Hulanicki Jumper £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Gathered Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Cape Sleeve Blouse £14.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Angel Sleeve Top £9.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Jersey Dress £14.00 click to visit George at Asda

Click here to view the complete collection.