Celia Birtwell is fashion royalty. Her marriage to Ossie Clark was a marriage of style as the two went on to create the Ossie Clark label that epitomized the boho style of the 60s and 70s.
When her collaboration with Topshop launched in 2006 it was a knockout range that sold out in minutes so when I caught wind of a new collaboration with Uniqlo I was excited and intrigued to see how her whimsical prints (usually on chiffons or silks) would translate to the high street store known for its modern Japanese style and basic cotton Ts.
The answer’s simple. It’s a hit. Celia’s trademark prints add an artisan touch to a range that includes t-shirts, dresses and tunic vests. Her archive prints have been re-scaled and reworked so they translate perfectly onto the range. The pyjama pants and silk shorts were the winning pieces for me but with a wide a selection of garments in a variety of pretty prints there’s something for everyone.
The collection launches in Uniqlo stores nationwide on Thursday 21st March.