Yesterday, ELLEuk.com met the iconic illustrator and designer who launched the legendary Biba store in London in 1964, for a preview of her latest fashion venture - a collection for Topshop.
Barbara who had been focusing on her illustration work of late, was commissioned by the high street giant to create the collection after an exhibition of her drawings in London last year. 'They really inspired the whole thing', she told us, 'first came my drawings, then the clothes,' she revealed.
For the good girl Barbara has designed flirty, chiffon French knickers (to be worn as shorts of course) delicately printed with her signature, cheeky fairy illustration, and printed chiffon, wide leg pants and tunics (that would not have looked out of place on the rails at Biba during the seventies).
As for the bad girl, Barbara recommends the skin tight, micro mini, purple t-shirt dress printed with a huge pair of sexy eyes. 'You wouldn't wear this one near a building site' advises Hulanicki.
If, like us, you're somewhere in the middle, you'll probably fall hard for the leopard print, chiffon mini dress with it's softly structured bold shoulder, or the dove grey, cropped suede jacket with Balmain-esque shoulder pads.
'Everybody has a good girl and a bad girl in them' says Hulanicki. For next season she's going to be really bad!'
The collection arrives in Topshop stores, and online on Monday 27th April.
By Laurelle Gilbert
Posted: 21st April 2009More