So It may seem that this week I have taken to poking fun at my industry, an industry that has kept me fed and watered for many many years. This is not the case ( the poking fun rather than the feeding and watering)
It’s merely that I have seen a couple of funnies that show the more , how should I say, amusing side of the industry.
This time its the success of the Biba line which was taken over by House of Fraser in 2009. Making a profit under the leadership of the retailer, Biba has found a new customer base 35 years ater it first hit the scene.
However when pressed to explain the styling, the HOF spokesperson exclaimed it wasn’t a retro collection but merely celebrated the 70’s with jumpsuits, high waisted pants and maxi dresses. Not retro? really? um…….really?
OK!! – I have been told – so I will agree – 70’s is not retro.
The original founder is however less than impressed saying that this collection is too expensive and plans to launch her own label in conjunction with Asda ( for non brits see Target or Walmart as a reference.)
I feel a fashion fight brewing.