Frozen Hibiscus is fledgling German fashion line featuring an original reinterpretation and vintage styles and retro fashions. Founded by designer Claudia Urbanek, who hand makes all her designs from her atelier, her apparel stands out from the crowd with her divinely decadent vintage kitsch for the selective rockabilly greaser and pin up lady.
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Frozen Hibiscus came to be in 2007 spawned by Claudia’s fascination with all the vintage fashions from the 1920s through the 1960s and from these styles she bases her collections.
The 1920s collection brings to mind the nascent years of Hollywood glamour paired with the androgynous styles of that time, like the flapper outfit “Thalia” featuring an embroidered satin cream shirt and elegant kimono paired with brown velvet pants and the masculine “Fay” complete with trousers, blouses and tie and hinged cuffs embroidered with to an exquisite and a stylized design.
The “Tiki” gallery of the Rock-A-Hula line is filled with Berlin mermaids sporting pencil skirts of the 1950s, wide-leg, high-waisted, side-buttoning pants of the 1940s and tree meet wiggle halter dresses like the “Reef”, made from fabrics with colorful patterns of flowers and butterflies create a Hawaiian dream.
The 50s Sweethearts gallery on the Frozen Hibiscus site has clothing appropriate for pin up darlings like the “Lagoon” a pale blue sleeveless top paired with the ”Sailor” swing skirt in white with a double line of pale blue ribbon circling the hem, and outfits best for rockabilly ladies like the back-buttoning, tight-fitting “Cherry” Corsage top, in strapless fitted black satin with double cherries embroidered on the lower waist and topped with a fringe of red frill perfectly paired with a black straight skirt.
Under accessories you find the charmingly campy coconut purse, made from the actual shell of this tropical fruit and a simple wrapped-rope strap, a classic purse with curved bamboo handles made with ‘Aloha” fabric complete with mini-hula girls in perfect Tiki style.
Frozen Hibiscus is available to the public in as their Berlin shop “Mixed Pickles” from Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment and Ms. Urbanek will also accept privately commissioned custom orders. If it is too long a wait to travel to the store, then take a look online at www.frozen-hibiscus.de and contact Claudia directly for questions and ideas.