Today’s post takes a look at the recent collaboration between Celia Birtwell and Uniqlo. I really like the way that Uniqlo work with designers, making their pieces accessible to the masses. It was the same with Orla Kiely’s range. The prices are always so good too.
Celia Birtwell and her husband, Ossie Clark (as many of you will know) were designers in the 1970’s. They designed Mick Jagger’s stage catsuits and moved in circles which included Brian Ferry and David Hockney. Married from 1969 to 1974, the couple went their separate ways after their divorce but Celia Birtwell has continued to design.
This picture is taken from one of my favourite books, “Vintage Fashion” and shows a 1971 Ossie Clark-Celia Birtwell coat in her famous Floating Daisy print.
This is an alternative variation of the Floating Daisy design, featuring the floral print alongside a grid design on the bodice, collar and sleeves. Pure 70’s genuis!
Some of you may remember the collaboration betwee Celia Birtwell and Topshop, which must have been seven or eight years ago now. I had a lovely shirt with a cream background and a green and brown floral print on it, Sounds yuck doesn’t it – but it was lovely. I remember visiting a friend in London whilst wearing it and she loved it so much that on my way home I went via Topshop on Oxford Street to buy one which I then sent back to her. Anyway, it must be said that the quality wasn’t that great and mine didn’t survive – but I still wish that I had kept it.
So anyway, this is the cover shot of the Uniqlo collaboration with Celia Birtwell. There’s a whole range of pieces to include t-shirts, leggings, dresses and my favourite….
…this navy blue shirt, which alas appears to be sold out on-line. If anyone is passing Uniqlo and feels inclined to pop in and then let me know whether they are still stocked in store, I would love to know. Thank you!
I also like this Celia Birtwell scarf. Cobalt blue is such a big colour this season and this scarf incoporates so many other colours that it could do a great job of pulling jeans, a white top and a blazer together to make a proper outfit. Throw in a cream bag, some converse, nude heels or flat gold sandals and you’re sorted!