Okay, I’m going to level with you dear readers. I’ve been back from Ibiza since the early hours of Sunday morning and I still feel exhausted. I want to sleep for 1000 years but real life must commence. I have plans for a big, heavy, serious post this week (god knows it’s overdue) but for now I’m easing myself back into blogging with a little story on the return of Biba.
What do we know about the old Biba? It was an iconic London fashion fixture circa the 60s / 70s. Owned by the gloriously named Barbara Hulanicki who described the Biba clientèle as ‘postwar babies who had been deprived of nourishing protein in childhood and grew up into beautiful skinny people: a designer’s dream.’ (you just went way down in my estimations Babs.) The company folded in 1975 and after a couple of half baked attempts at a relaunch the latest venture comes via House of Fraser…
What do we know about the new Biba? It’s not going the way of clean simplicity and minimialsim I can tell you that much. New Biba is embellishment – sequins, feathers, beading, ruffles – akin to the Balmainia era.
Perhaps not my cup of tea but they have done a zzzzzexy leopard print faux fur coat (which at £150-£200 is actually a lot more reasonable than I was expecting) and a gold necklace inspired by the Biba logo, which in my eyes was always the best thing about Biba.
The brand new collection drops in stores and online on the 9th September. Check it out, if only for old time’s sake.