Mention the name Olivia Rubin and most people will be able to cast their memories to her iconic brick print, upon which a hundred copies were launched but featured prominently on her dresses and tee shirts. And did you know that the inspiration for that print actually came from walking past wolf whistling builders? Olivia Rubin has said before that much of her research for her designs come from art of some sort and indeed her Spring/Summer 2011 collection is based upon Alexander Calder’s mobiles. She launched her first womenswear line when she graduated from Central St Martins College. Her debut collection was an immediate success and won acclaim from the fashion press who went on to state that her printed designs were one of the ‘standout collections’. Rubin has previously worked for Alexander McQueen and John Galliano but this year sees her first venture onto the main high street with a collaboration with Dorothy Perkins. So if you ever wanted to get your hands on an original Rubin but never could afford it then nows your chance. Her unique collection for Dots include graphic prints, gorgeous holiday themed shell and bird motifs on dresses and tops with prices starting from a very reasonable £25. We’ve picked our favourites :
Pink Bird Peplum Top – £30.00
I think I need this top. Can you picture it with either skinny jeans or denim shorts? I am now…. Pink sleeveless bird print top by Olivia Rubin. Details include frilled peplum and exposed back zip. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. Length approx 67cm.
Stone Keyhole T-shirt – £28.00
Look at this beautiful top. Imagine it over a skirt in the summer, the colours are simply divine. Stone short sleeve coral print t-shirt by Olivia Rubin. Details include pink satin trim and asymmetric keyhole detail. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. Length approx 61cm.
Grey Bird Peplum Dress – £49.00
Seriously have you ever seen anything like this dress? Wear to weddings, christenings, anything posh basically. I’m searching my calender desperately to find an event so I can buy it. Grey asymetric bird print dress by Olivia Rubin. Details include exposed back zip, waistband and asymetric peplum. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. Length approx. 65cm.
Pink Bird Maxi Dress – £45.00
Forty five quid for a maxi dress by Olivia Rubin? Have they got the price wrong? I’ve seen some maxi dresses as well in my time and most make you look 6 months pregnant but this is so flattering. Pink bird print maxi dress by Olivia Rubin. Details include wrap v neck and empire line fit with waist tie belt. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. Length approx. 148cm.
Black Wrap Dress – £35.00
You’ll get tons of use out of this amazing wrap dress as it is so versatile, team with a skinny cream cardi in the spring or wear a turtle neck underneath in the autumn. I love it! Black jersey floral print wrap dress by Olivia Rubin. Details include gathered waistband and sleeves, and drape front. 98% Polyester,2% Elastane. Machine washable. Length approx. 92cm.
Pink Bird Wrap Dress – £45.00
I kept my favourite until last. This little pink dress is simple yet iconic due to the style and the print and put all the details together it works so beautifully. Pink bird print wrap dress by Olivia Rubin. Details include cap sleeves and waistband. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. Length approx 86cm.
*All dresses and tops are available in sizes 6 to 18 from dorothyperkins.com