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.

 

Uniqlo and Celia Birtwell – It’s here!

This is definitely one of the most anticipated High Street and designer collaborations ever. The legendary textile designer Celia Birtwell, the lady behind those iconic Ossie Clark prints, has collaborated with cool Japanese brand Uniqlo to create a series of pretty basics and much lusted over scarves and stoles. Taking those same iconic prints that once adorned the coolest of 1970s stars as the starting point, the prints have then been rescaled, recoloured and the reworked in order to make them fresh and irresistable for 2013.

Sure to be a total sell out, and with models Portia Freeman and Charlotte Pallister fronting an eye-catching campaign, this is a collection you need to have in your wardrobe. And with those famous Uniqlo prices, this is a designer collaboration you can actually afford to treat yourself too.

 

Key Picks

WOMEN Celia Birtwell V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt A £12.90

WOMEN Celia Birtwell V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt G 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell 3/4 Sleeve Dress B £29.90 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Sleeveless Tunic B 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell 3/4 Sleeve Blouse B £19.90

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Pyjama pants £19.90 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Cropped Legging Trousers £14.90 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell stole B £9.90