Thursday, May 14, 2009

Top shopping

I was lucky enough to start my career working for an iconic genius, Mary Quant. She revolutionized English fashion in the 60’s with her amazing way of looking differently at everything conventional. Mary and her Ginger Group were a phenomenon.

A couple of years later, Barbara Hulanicki opened Biba on Kensington High Street. Barbara began her career as a freelance fashion illustrator and changed our retail world by creating the first major hangout for the 60’s new generation. This rock ‘n roll and free love generation flocked to Biba, which was driven by little mod dresses, big floppy hats, and incredible corset tops. They were all in wonderful flimsy fabrics, and predominately in aubergine, plum, black, and gray. Now Barbara’s back.

On April 28, Barbara launched a capsule collection at Topshop in the United Kingdom. Some of the pieces that use iconic symbols from the 60’s are irresistible. It’s just great to see her back and in tandem with Kate Moss, one of this century’s rock ‘n roll icons.

Topshop is now in New York. Its prices, quality, and contemporary feel will make it a recession buster.

Great fabrics, great colors, iconic designers, totally mod looks at everyday prices. No wonder Philip Green, Topshop's owner, is one of the U.K.’s richest men.