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Bicester Loving: British Designers Collective Opens

Yesterday I joined the rest of London’s fashion bloggers and went on a day trip to Bicester Village to check out their annual British Designers Collective in association with the British Fashion Council. I have to admit it did feel like a school trip taking over the whole train to Bicester with our letters granting us to travel, but it was lovely to see so many friends and also finally meet bloggers that I have loved for a while, it also helped that the sun was shining – such a gorgeous day for discount shopping!!!

This is the third year that Bicester Village has hosted the British Designers Collective and this year’s theme is a ‘Brit Shop Mansion’ working the quirkier side of ‘Britishness’, which generally meant lots of green foliage around the front of the shop and the telephone box outside. Inside the country house curiosities continued with lots of dog figurines, vivid colours, faux wall paneling, a grand staircase and banquet table, but my highlights had to be the giant fireplace housing the gorgeous shoe collections and the bespoke chandelier – so amazing.

The eccentric elements weren’t comfined to the pop-up, I loved that there was a trail of quirky statues throughout Bicester Village from the bright blue cherub outside the store to a bulldog, and a sheep, and even the benches were scattered with British Designers Collective cushions. I do love it when a concept is completely thought through – the sun really did help sell such a great event.

As well as the amazing décor the clothes, jewellery, accessories and footwear weren’t bad either, actually that is an understatement the  discount designer gear was incredible and my credit card was itching to do some serious damage.

The pop-up opened by style ambassador Alexa Chung is literally housing the best of British Talent from the uber-girlie Holly Fulton to the cool Markus Lupfer with his quirky knits, which were in competition with the amazing Bella Freud designs that I adored, to divine jewellery from Mawi and Erickson Beamon, as well as classic styles from the likes of Goat, Preen and Jonathan Saunders, and it was shoe heaven with Nicholas Kirkwood heels about the place.

Be quick if you want to pick up a designer bargain as the pop-up is only open until May 9 and trust me you’ll find it hard to leave empty-handed. I didn’t have much time to shop after the event – but I will definitely be checking out before it closes.

For more pics of my Bicester Village visit pop on over to my Facebook page.

Wimbledon Fever: WTA Gets Fashionable

I love it when two of my passions collide, I am a huge tennis fan and add fashion into the mix and I am one happy blogger. I always love waiting to see what delights *or horrors* the Williams sisters are wearing, which earrings Maria Sharapova has decided on, and even which star has added a flash of colour to her traditional whites.

Sport and fashion does go hand-in-hand I think, Venus Williams designs her line with Reebok, Rafael Nadel shows of his amazing body for Armani, Andy Roddick designs for Lacoste as well as fronting their fragrance, Cole Haan went for Maria Sharapova as its face, Caroline Wozniacki works Adidas by Stella McCartney on court, and even tennis legend Bjorn Borg has his own underwear line!!

So it is nice to see that for this year’s Wimbledon the Women’s Tennis Association is teaming up with the BFC and UK fashion designers to make their tennis stars shine at the annual pre-Wimbledon bash at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens, London on June 16 *praying for an invite*.

“The WTA’s partnership with the British Fashion Council provides our players with a unique opportunity to work with some of London’s most talented creative minds,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.  “Women’s tennis has always had a link to the fashion of the time, and we are very pleased to be able to collaborate with the British Fashion Council to share our players’ interest in fashion and style with some of the world’s best fashion designers.”

When I first glanced at the list of designers, which includes Burberry, and Stella McCartney I was worried as they are already well established and have links with sport; Serena Williams is a long time fan of Christopher Bailey, she even flew in for his show and has worn his designs on many occasions, and Stella McCartney not only dresses Caroline Wozniacki but also the British Olympic team. But I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that David Koma, Hussein Chalayan and Giles Deacon are also involved.

So who is dressing who?
Caroline Wozniacki – Stella McCartney *no surprise – contract probably states it*
Serena Williams – Burberry *she will look amazing*
Vera Zvonareva – Hussein Chalayan *will be wearing a dress from the autumn/winter collection*
Li Na – Giles Deacon *this is huge – as her popularity is high after the French Open – the dress is interesting with an image of Lady Jane Grey on the corset*
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – David Koma *this is the one I am most excited about*
Ana Ivanovic – Matthew Williamson
Jelena Jankovic – Vivienne Westwood *great tie-up, out of all the tennis stars Jelena has the attitude to pull Vivienne Westwood*
Samantha Stosur – Mary Katrantzou
Heather Watson – Mulberry *I can just imagine her amazing accessories now*
Laura Robson – Temperley
Andrea Petkovic – Richard Nicoll *is wearing a putty dress adapted from the resort collection*
If the amazing designer dresses weren’t enough the female tennis stars will also be wearing Nicholas Kirkwood heels, and for most their date will be the amazing designer who creates their dress.
I can’t wait to see the dresses, and I wonder how much each goes for as after the party the gowns will be auctioned off during Wimbledon with the proceeds being split between WTA charities and the British Fashion Council’s Princess of Wales Charitable Trust.

#LFW: Excitement As The Schedule Is Announced

So last week the British Fashion Council announced the official London Fashion Week schedule for SS11 for September. I have been mulling over the schedule and I am liking what I see. The big highlight has to be Giles Deacon confirming his return to London, marking a return following two seasons in Paris – he appears on the fourth day and it will definitely be the hot ticket of the week.

Giles Deacon commented on his return to London: “Giles is a quintessential London label and I am extremely happy to be showing in London after two successful seasons in Paris”.

Other things I was happy to see on the schedule were: Swedish fashion house Acne are debuting at LFW for the first time with two salon presentations, which is nice to see, especially after the successful opening of their London flagship this week on Dover Street. Other newcomers to the schedule include one of my favourite emerging designers Holly Fulton who is going a catwalk show with the help of NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop.

It is also great to see that Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson, Pringle of Scotland, Antonio Berardi and Jonathan Saunders are returning for a third consecutive season. As well as British talent in Paul Smith, Jasper Conran and Betty Jackson to world-class emerging designer businesses such as Christopher Kane, Erdem, Marios Schwab and Richard Nicoll. It is going to be a great season.

But one of the most interesting things to see on the schedule is that of a Alexander McQueen Memorial set for Monday, September 20, at 11am. No further details have been announced yet, but I am sure it will be packed full of fashion editors and fashionistas paying their respects, I just hope that they also stream it live for all his fans as well.

I am already making my wish-list of tickets: Erdem, Sass & Bide, PPQ, DAKS, adidas by Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Kinder Aggugini, David Koma and Holly Fulton back-to-back, Mark Fast, Peter Pilotto, Jaeger, Christopher Kane, many more I am sure – and of course Burberry and Giles *well a girl can dream*.

At least this season I will be dropping down to more shows for work, my registration is already submitted, I also can’t wait for the digital schedule to be announced as watching from the comfort of my sofa was also a nice luxury.

For the full schedule click here.

Let me know what you are interested to see?