The last time I visited Bicester Village was about 11 years ago, when I studied at The Univeristy of Birmingham. My family used to make a day of it at the start of every term, and break up the journey with a little designer outlet shopping. Back then, the highlight was the Ralph Lauren factory outlet, and we might find something in Karen Millen if we were lucky.
I went to Bicester for the British Designers Collective, an initiative in its fifth year now, whereby NewGen designers are beautifully curated in a pop-up store, allowing shoppers to browse and purchase exclusively selected cool, emerging and established British designers (Michael Van Der Ham, Lulu & Co and Jonathan Saunders are just a few of the brands you'll find) at an outlet price.
Curated by my style guru Yasmin Sewell and celebrated by Ellie Goulding, the morning was a hub of creative talent.
|LOVED this outfit on the mannequin...|
|Nicholas Kirkwood block heels - these are still one of my favourite styles|
|Yasmin Sewell wearing JW Anderson - you'll see a load of pics of her on my 'Style Stalking' Pinterest board|
|Claire Barrow hand-painted jacket (we saw Susie Bubble investing in one of these)|
|Peter Pilotto dress|
|Mary Katrantzou piece|
|Richard Nicoll heaven|
I did have a little time to browse the stores too, and stopped by Sandro (for research reasons only, obviously):
And what did I buy? I had my eye on a Prada hibiscus print wallet, but decided it was better to return when I had time to appreciate all Bicester has to offer. I know my sister would love to visit, so maybe we'll make a day out of it. Watch this space.
|One day it will be mine...|