When the Kings Road was the hippest and most happening place in London, the designer to be seen in was Ossie Clark. The late English fashion designer was the King of the Kings Road and his flattering crepe dress were the epitome of late ‘60s chicness. In fact, his free and easy silhouettes inspired the next decade. Some of our most revered style icons of today, like Bianca Jagger, Marianne Faithful and Twiggy, were all Ossie girls and designers like Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten and Miuccia Prada have all referenced his era-defining creations at some point or another. Since the label’s close in the mid-eighties the closest you could get to a Clarke frock was by furiously bidding on eBay. You’d be hard pushed to get an original Ossie dress for less than £800 with the legion of fans that remain.
The 'Wimbledon' dress from the new Ossie Clark London collection
So, it’s good news that for spring summer 2013, the Ossie Clark brand is back. It’s called Ossie Clark London and many of the pieces reference of his original ideas and the popular styles created with his textile designer wife Celia Birtwell – so we’re talking about romantic floral designs on black backgrounds in flattering bias cuts. However, the new designer Nicholas Georgiou is introducing a few modern newbies, too, like pajama sets and biker jackets. The collection will be hitting Debenhams stores next February, but you can see our top picks of the line in the gallery above. Scroll back in time!