bwshs“Biba just won’t die,” Barbara Hulanicki says with a sigh. “Now all the young ones are interested in it, especially here. They’re fascinated by the Sixties and want to recreate them.”

Biba was Hulanicki’s dreamchild, the store that became the epitome of the Swinging Sixties, then the retro Seventies in London. It first opened as a small boutique in Kensington in 1964, selling instant fashion at cheap prices. Several incarnations later, it was a fanciful, five-floor, 200,000-square-foot store in Kensington High Street. But Hulanicki and her husband, Stephen Fitz-Simons, had expanded too quickly, lost control and eventually quit in a boardroom bustup with their owners, British Land.

The last Biba store closed in 1975, but Hulanicki still can’t escape its ghost.

“I just want to let it go,” she says, sipping a cup of tea in the Palm Court of the Waldorf Hotel. …