Knitwear: Vintage Style

Some things never loose their fashion appeal, and I’m the very lucky caretaker of a few of those items. I say caretaker rather than owner as they have been passed on to me and I intend to pass them on to some fashion fabulous new generation at some point…

This delicious Bus Stop sweater is a perfect example. It was bought by my Mother before I was even a twinkle in her eye. I am about to dust it off again to wear for this Winter. I think it might have a certain Mark Fast lace knit appeal around the edges, the ‘vert de gris’ green is perfect and the sheerness is also right on track for this Winter.

Bus Stop was a style mecca on Kensington Church Street, alongside the perhaps better known Biba. Lee Bender, the founder, launched the store in 1969 and throughout its lifespan rolled the concept out across the country to a total of twelve stores at the height of their success.

I found this image of my Mum wearing the sweater, along with my stylish Aunt, at a family ‘do’ in the mid 70’s. Its still looking pretty damn good considering the amount of years this slip of knit has been worn for.

The original Bus Stop shop front

The "Blink" Mother in Bus Stop, on the left

vintage Bus Stop sweater

vintage Bus Stop sweater

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Pattern- Beyond Iconic, Beyond Biba

We have swiped this post from Arren William’s brilliant interiors oriented blog, with his permission of course. If you’d like to see the full article in its original form click here… We just couldn’t resist posting this for you. Barbara Hulanicki is a design genius who has been influencing various creative industries since she opened her groundbreaking brand and retail concept, Biba, in the 60’s. ‘Inspirational’ doesn’t even begin to cover it!

“You possibly won’t stumble across too many folks who have launched a capsule fashion collection for TopShop, as well as rustled up a stunner of a wallpaper line (all gorgeously flocked) for Graham & Brown and designed the interiors of a slew of hotels in Miami, let alone had someone write a musical based on your life, and had a documentary about you debut to rave reviews. I’m talking fashion and design icon Barbara Hulanicki, who first stepped into the spotlight in the mid-Sixties when she opened the doors on Biba – her incredibly influential Kensington based boutique, and who kindly said yes to answering 5 quick questions.”

Arren Williams: What’s inspiring you right now?

Barbara Hulanicki: The tropical weather and Indian bone inlayed furniture.

AW: Is there anything you hate to see when you walk into a room?

BH: A white sofa.

AW: What’s the next thing you have your eye on for your own house?

BH: A Colombian sisal rug which has a silver metallic weave.

AW: How would you describe your style, and has it changed over the years?

BH: I am very eclectic. I become a chameleon with each client or project.

AW: What’s next for you?

BH: I would love to start coordinated Biba Home shops!

Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki

skulls flock wallpaper
antoinette flock wallpaper