Anyone who knows us will know that we are both OBSESSED with Biba - the brand launched as a mail order company by Barbara Hulanicki in the mid-60s, which went on to be the world's first lifestyle brand in the early 70s.
Biba introduced the makeup world to black lipstick and green eyeshadow and purple nails, with a highly pigmented palette encompassing all the colours of the rainbow. Barbara was a Polish-born fashion student, whose passion for the glamour and smoky style of Hollywood in the 30s, coupled with her desire to provide affordable High Street fashion, made her a much-loved icon. Her influence can still be seen today in everything from catwalk shows to interior design to street style.
Biba eventually went bankrupt in 1975 following a downturn in the British economy, and Barbara moved to Miami to become an influential interior designer. Her muted, sludgy palette of aubergines, berries, chocolates and mustards is still a huge hit, and this will be my take on the classic Biba look.
For more about Biba with some pictures and links, here's an article I wrote a couple of years ago:
Places and Spaces: Big Biba
Tutorial coming next week!
Hugs and kisses,