Topshop Announces Barbara Hulanicki Collection
on: May 11, 2009, 4:17 am
is renowned for working with style heroes of the past, present
and future, and this spring marks its coming together with Barbara
Hulanicki. Continuing from where she left off in the 70s, Barbara
Hulanicki rejoins the fashion world with a new series of clothes
rich with reminders of Biba in its heyday, the collection is a
distinct move away from the pretty designs of the past. Clothes
are brought up to date by modern prints and edgier shapes for
a new generation of fans, making Hulanicki one of the most influential
and inspirational style icons of the 20th century.
spent the last 15 years designing furniture and hotels worldwide,
Hulanicki has reverted back to her first love of fashion illustration
as the starting point for the collection. The enchanting 'ladybug'
and 'headscarf girl' designs appear on delicate chiffons, the
bold 'enlarged animal print' is splashed over silks and jerseys,
and quirky large placement sketches of fashion girls stand out
on T-shirts and accessories.
The Hulanicki collection takes
on a split personality of Good Girl/Bad Girl dressing.
playful, floaty silhouette in bright coral, pink and pale turquoise
tones characterises the Good Girl. A flirty printed dress with
Hulanicki's trademark elegant puff shoulders is echoed by daringly
short skater skirts, culottes and playsuits in chiffons and silks.
Billowing smock blouses are grown up, while a bright pink 'ladybug'
print cropped corset top and coral animal print body are aimed
at the younger customer. The dramatic black maxi jumpsuit with
tie shoulders is the stand out piece and most reminiscent of the
collection's 1970s origins.
seductive off-the-shoulder body-con dress in lilac jersey with
a teasing print on the bust appeals to the collection's Bad Girl.
dresses are bandeau or halter neck in figure hugging jersey
for a laid-back sexy look, and a cropped suede jacket with matching
high-waist hot pants in khaki. The large prints used on these
clothes are repeated on several simple jersey T-shirts for a more
accessible and casual take on the look.
finishes off the womens clothing
collection with a 'headscarf lady' printed retro-shaped bikini
set and oversized floppy sun hat in either bright or pale pink,
and a large beach bag emblazoned with the 'silhouette girl'.
her collaboration with Topshop Barbara said: "Top Shop has
always been the first shopping stop when I am in London. They
work in the same fast thinking, 'It won't be there the next time
so make a snap decision' attitude that we developed in the 60s
Homer, managing director of Topshop added: "It is an honour
to be working with one of my own personal fashion heroes. Barbara's
approach to fashion is as bold and inspirational now as it was
in the 70s. The team has loved working with her and I know our
customers will love this collection"
new Hulanicki collection will be on
sale from the end of April.
Topshop was established in 1964 and is part of Arcadia Group Ltd.
Sir Philip Green became owner of Arcadia Group Ltd in 2002.
is continually recognised as being an authority on womens
fashion, having won several awards for design reputation and
new service. Topshop was the first fashion retailer to show on
schedule at London Fashion Week in September 2005 and continues
to grow its reputation for supporting exciting new talent at London
For further information please contact:
Topshop Press Office
70 Berners Street
(001) 212 966 9065