Even half a century later, the swinging ’60s have a certain allure, particularly for the style-obsessed. This season, fashion labels as diverse as Valentino, Versace and Louis Vuitton packed their runways with trapeze coats, abbreviated A-line skirts and patterned mini-dresses that seem more than a little bit inspired by the era. (And they weren’t the only ones—Gucci showed a veritable parade of knee-high boots in a variety of subtly groovy colors, while Miu Miu and Saint Laurent featured metallic threads and appliqués, lamé and sequins.)
But the shopping site Farfetch, in collaboration with the Los Angeles vintage store Decades, offers an even more direct option: Beginning this month, they’re selling more than 100 original pieces from the iconic British brand Biba, which thrived from 1964 to 1975. The immense cache, which was assembled by a London-based collector identified only as “Pari,” features peasant tops, pyramid shift dresses and printed maxi-coats and mini-skirts, all designed by the brand’s Polish-born founder, Barbara Hulanicki. Of course, these rare items are so well-preserved that they aren’t quite as affordable as they were the first time around, when Biba thrived on Kensington’s High Street: Prices start at around $275, and go all the way up to $2,200.
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