Sunday, 4 November 2012

Biba, Shoots & Leaves







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You're no longer here,
Yet the air still smells of you
Browning leaves, chestnuts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 





The Outfit
 
Biba Tie Waist Top & Flared Trousers, from the late 1960s: my granny Penny's
Black suede court heels: Hobbs, 8 years old
Red felt hat: a gift from Mr Eve almost a decade ago

The Soundtrack

The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet
 
 
Haiku, my own

Photographs taken by me, using the self timer on my very basic Kodac EasyShare digital camera.


I'm proud to be a part of Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti from www.notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.co.uk, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.

 

49 comments:

  1. wow, a biba jumpsuit ... what a collector's dream and such a great piece of british fashion history. really lovely and the soundtrack for your shoot is just perfect.

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  2. Thanks, I don't wear the outfit often, because it's so precious to me, but it makes me feel so good when I do wear it. Amazing cut. I've only just started this blog, so thanks so much for the encouragement, it means a lot to know you liked this post.
    Ooooh and I love your blog!

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  3. gosh! a real biba piece of fabulousness! it´s outstanding beautiful and the hat is amazing too!
    love and kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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    1. Thanks so much Mary Lou! The dress you've made is gorgeous, well done!

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  4. What an absolutely beautiful piece (the Biba, your figure, your writing!) Thank you so much for saying hello, I'm following you right now! x

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    1. Yay! You're a real inspiration with your wonderful style, Vix, so glad you like the post! Plenty more where that came from :)

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  5. Fabulous fabulous fabulous! Love this amazing outfit - the pants are EXQUISITE! Sarah xxx

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  6. I love Biba, from my youth, and this is a great piece. You look marvelous - and thanks for sharing your look with Visible Monday : >

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    1. Thanks Patti, it's so lovely to be involved.

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    1. I don't know Sarah, sadly I'm not very blog tech literate yet :( Any ideas on how I can add it? p.s. thanks so much for your kind comment, the pants are indeed amazing, the widest flares I've ever worn!

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  8. Your grandmother has excellent style!

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    1. Thanks Julee! I've just discovered your blog, it's lovely!

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  10. Oh, fabulous! I love Biba, when I was little I used to see it in my grown up cousin's magazines and tell myself I'd wear that when I grew up, long gone by then of course. And I hope you don't mind my saying but you have the most gorgeous hair.

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    1. Don't mind at all, thank you :) I used to dream of poker straight hair as a teenager, but I love my wild mane nowadays!

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  11. Love the jumpsuit....a real treasure #visible monday

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    1. I'm so pleased you love it, thanks!

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  12. Ah thanks for the comments lovely ladies! I'm so glad to have joined your welcoming community. Now I'm off to see what you're all wearing today, can't wait!

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  13. Wow! That jumpsuit is unbelievable!! Great post!

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  14. Hello hello!!!
    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog!
    Funnily enough, I found you last week, and popped you on my "blogs I must investigate further 'cos they look right up my alley" list, and just haven't had a chance to come back!
    Fabularse flared jumpsuit, and fabulous blog name!!!
    XXX

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  15. Great to have you here Helga, so glad you popped in to visit! Thanks for your lovely comment.
    My blog name isn't a patch on yours, but I'm delighted that I warranted a 'fabularse' with this post!
    By the way, do you or anyone know how I can add a follower button to this blog? Or have I already?? I'm so techno illiterate it's untrue....

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    1. Go to the layout settings and then to "add a gadget". There you'll find the follower button. Hope i helped you a bit :)

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    2. You're a genuis! Or I'm just very slow! Either way, with your help I've finally managed to add my follower button. Thanks so much for the help :)

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  16. WOW your outfit is amazing and so is your hair !!! XX Tani

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Tani! I've just looked at your lovely blog, and your hair is even bigger and better methinks!

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  17. I LOVE this jumpsuit and it looks fantastic on you! Your grandmother certainly had amazing style. This piece would probably fetch quite a lot of money as vintage Biba but I dare say you might not ever want to part from such a treasure from your grandmother for purely the sentimental value - I know I wouldn't!

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    1. Yes, I may be tempted to sell it at some point, as it's a bit too tight on the waist, but would be sad to do so. The outfit was actually owned by my other granny, not the couturier. They both had amazing style and I hope they'd be proud that I'm showing off their precious clothing like this! Now they've both passed away it helps me to still feel close to them when I wear their clothes.

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  18. Ooh how unique ! Looks fabulous, the print and the cut. Great !!:) Following you ;)

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    1. Yay, thanks Sara! And how exciting that you're studying the clothing business. With your innate style and the skills you're learning I'm sure you have a bright future ahead of you :)

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  19. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I am so impressed with your beautiful photos and amazing wardrobe! This Biba two piece is fabulous, really lovely print and those flares are stunning!
    Love Curtise x

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  20. Ah how kind of you, I've only recently started to blog so it's so encouraging to read that you like what I'm doing!
    Those are some wonderful wonderful long eye lashes by the way Curtise :)

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  21. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Love the wonderful colours of your outfit and the complete style. I browsed your blog and found it very inspiring. Wish you the best!

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  22. Thanks very much, all the best to you and your lovely blog too!

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  23. Stumbled across your blog by accident and I'm so glad I did!
    Firstly, I really identify with creating a blog as a homage to your grandmother Kiki. She sounds like a talented lady and it is wonderful that you are sharing her legacy through this blog.
    Funnily enough, my blog is a homage to my mother, who ran a boutique in the Midlands for thirty years named Calico Casa.
    My mother has been such an inspiration in my life and she taught me how to dressmake. I am planning lots of posts soon-(my blog is relatively new too) on old customers who I tracked down who still own clothes or wedding dresses made my my mother.
    Secondly; I LOVE Biba. I am totally in love with the rich jewel colours-and the ethos that Barbara Hulanicki created. You look amazing in that jumpsuit-what an incredible garment. Not long ago I was at the V&A and they had some exhibition stands dedicated to Biba clothing-they would have died if they saw this outfit, theirs wasn't a patch on yours!
    Do come and have a look at my blog:
    www.calico-casa.blogspot.co.uk
    Christobel xx
    Oh! I'll follow you too!

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    1. What a gorgeous message, Christobel, how lovely that we're both blogging in homage to the women in our family! I've just had a look at your blog and it's beautiful. Did you design the gorgeous background yourself? That calico blouse is stunning. I'd love to see more of your designs. The post of Zandra Rhodes was great too.
      My granny tried to teach me to become a designer too but sadly I didn't have the talent, although at least I have the talent to appreciate her talent! So glad you love the Biba.
      You have your newest follower!

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    2. I'm so glad you like it. I did draw the designs...hopefully I will be able to put a few more things I've made up soon :)
      Thank you so much for the folllow-am enjoying reading all about your wonderful country life too-there aren't many blogs like it! You've found a niche!
      Christobel xx

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    3. Wow then you're a talented artist as well as a great budding designer, most impressive! So glad you're enjoying my blog, and very kind of you to say I've found a niche, yay!

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  24. OH. MY. GOD. That Biba outfit is too showstopping for words!!! You look amazing : )

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  25. Thanks so much Liz! Really glad you like the post, and so glad you share my appreciation of my amazing Biba! I thank my lucky stars that I was my grannies only granddaughter so don't have to share their heirloom clothes with my brothers! I may decide to sell the outfit in the future, so may contact you to pick your brains about doing so at some point :)

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  26. The Biba Jumpsuit is to Die for! The 60's were very good years...

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Yay thanks! Yep those 60s years do look like they were stylish fun...

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