The British may not be the masters of cuisine or dental work, but they really can dress. Sure, the Parisians and Milanese are known for their couture, but the Brits have a unique strength and daring to their style. To name only a couple of heroes of garb, there's the late, great Alexander McQueen and gothic-punk goddess Vivienne Westwood. Another venerable representative of UK fashion is Barbara Hulanicki, former clothing store owner, interior and exterior designer, wallpaper maker, and illustrator.
Hulanicki's illustrations will be displayed at the Calix Gustav Gallery in Wynwood this Art Basel. The show, "Flash," combines modern and classic appeals with images of youthful lasses. According to gallery director Amanda Fernandez-Leon, "Her work brings a sense of playfulness." O Cinema will present the Louis Prince documentary Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanick. Hulanicki owned the London hotspot Biba, which was not only the place to purchase velvet suits and mini-skirts in the in the late '60s and early '70s, but also a hangout for such stars as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Marianne Faithfull. Anna Wintour even worked in the store - probably training for her reign over the color of your underwear this season.
Sat., Dec. 4, 9:30 p.m., 2010