Catwalk comeback for Biba is a taste of fashion luxury
THE glamour, decadence and sexual power, it's all there in spades as the iconic Biba fashion brand returns to shops this week after decades in the style wilderness.
House of Fraser in Dundrum yesterday unveiled the keenly awaited Biba collection, which goes on sale in Dublin on Thursday.
Biba's disappearance off the rails in 1975 transformed the English label into vintage gold among diehard collectors but the label has been brought back to life by in-house designers at House of Fraser.
Barbara Hulanicki invented the brand and effectively created the high street. She has no involvement in the new label.
The Biba brand was as big as Mary Quant in London in the 1960s and the newly revived range makes reference to Hulanicki's design.
A preview of the clothes in Dublin yesterday revealed a strong current of sophisticated feminity and affordable luxury with a full length gold crocheted lurex dress (€102) and glamorous feathery marabou jackets in dusky pink (€210).
Model Daisy Lowe is the face of the new boho label, which also features two accompanying jewellery collections.
Prices for the new-look Biba start at €66 for a blouse and there are lots of pieces that have that delightful recessionary twist, looking more expensive than they are. The vintage vibe is delivered in a beautifully seamed, backless column dress (€228). Demure from the front, it features a sex kitten thigh-high slash and plummeting cowl neckline at the back.
The most expensive piece of all is a maxi fit-and-flare leopard print coat at €468 but there is a short, crop-sleeved faux fur jacket for €198.
The retro look is delivered in a number of glamorous pieces including a fringed, devore velvet beaded jacket at €228.
The embellished velvet-topped dress is a showstopper at €234 but the most coveted piece of all next Thursday must surely be the nude bandeau dress with silver beading and straps at €390.