Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop

Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop

The designer brings her swinging 60s inspired prints to the high street store.

What do you get when you mix one revolutionary designer from the swinging sixties with the hippest high street store of our day? Something darn special that's what!

When I heard Barbara Hulanicki, the legendary founder of Biba, famous for it's King's Road hangout (think Hackney in the 60s - the only place to be seen), art deco clothing and thigh-grazing minis was due to collaborate with Topshop my heart literally skipped a beat. I can't remember how many hours I have spent scouring the best vintage stalls in London for a piece of original Biba (unsuccessfully I hasten to add.)

So, was Barbara's collection for Topshop going to live up to the hype? Would it be as hip, original and happening as the good old days? Yea baby, yea is the answer you are looking for!

When I arrived at the collection launch I was overjoyed to view a mirage of colourful printed mini dresses, statements shoulders, sweet bows, suede jackets and 1940s bikinis. Hoards of fashionistas joyfully fought over the shoulder dress (pictured, top) and grey suede jackets and at high street price points who could blame them? The collection, due to hit stores on the 27 April is sure to be a sell out. So, if you want to stand out this summer invest in one of Barbara’s swinging skirts or retro swimsuit for top fashion marks. 

By Kat Webster

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