SHE brought the fashion world to a standstill back in the Seventies with the legendary Biba and now Barbara Hulanicki is set to do it all over again - this time with her very own capsule collection for Topshop which, launching with a party tonight, goes in store on April 28.
"It's wonderful to work with Topshop. It has such an energy and fast turnaround - you have to buy now or else," explains Hulanicki, who now lives in Miami designing hotels and furniture as well as a capsule range of bags for Coccinelle. "Every time, [Topshop's] somehow different. It reminds me of the old days - I love it."
Hulanicki was approached by Topshop to do the collection, comprising 30 pieces (spanning beachwear, floaty dresses and sophisticated smock blouses), in March of last year following her illustration exhibition The Art of Barbara Hulanicki (read about it here).
"They approached me to do a collection that didn't look like Biba," says Hulanicki, who took her fashion illustrations and the vibrant colour palette of her Miami home as inspiration for the range. "I sent off lots of drawings and prints to Topshop and we waded through them." The result is a split in sartorial personality, or rather clothes for "good girl and bad girl dressing", with a "beach party" influence.
Bound to be a hit with Topshop fans are the flirty and floaty chiffon dresses (in coral, pink and turquoise tones), while among Hulanicki's favourites are the suede pieces: "The jacket with shoulder pads, definitely."
And from new favourites to treasured favourites, catch up with Barbara Hulanicki as she talks VOGUE.COM through her wardrobe and some of her own fashion moments. See them here.
SEE BARBARA HULANICKI'S FASHION MOMENTS