This morning I was invited to attend the launch of the new British Designer Collective pop up at Bicester Village, hosted by Alexa Chung. I’m never one to pass up the opportunity to snap up some serious designer pieces at bargain prices after all (last time I went a little Erdem-crazy). The train ride up there felt like a strange but extremely fashionable school trip, as just about every fashion blogger in London was sitting in the same carriage. The sun was shining, the gossip flowing – so far, so good.
Then we get to the beautiful pop up shop, I get my camera out to start snapping away, and well… I’d left the camera battery in the charger at home. Epic fail. So, please excuse my really horrendous phone pictures once again (this has been a bad week for it!).
Anyway. This is the third edition of the British Designer Collective, a collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Bicester Village to showcase the incredible young British talent we have, as well as being able to make them more accessible at incredibly discounted prices. This year, the BDC boasts names like Emma Cook, Erickson Beamon, Holly Fulton, Jonathan Saunders, Jean-Pierre Braganza, Peter Pilotto, Osman, Nicholas Kirkwood and Markus Lupfer to name a few.
The British Designer Collective pop up shop will be open at Bicester Village from March 22nd until May 9th. After that, the shop will be transformed into a menswear boutique – from May 16 until the end of June.
As if you needed any other excuse to go – this week also marked the launch of the Charlotte Olympia pop up shop, another great young talent! Open until May 31!
Now, as I’m sure you’ll understand, it would have been rude to go all that way and not actually shop, right? I bought a beautiful Lily and Lionel leopard scarf at the pop up and discovered that Prada actually sell a small selection of Miu Miu in their store, so I bought myself this gorgeous navy flare skirt.
Mr Anastasia & Duck bought a scarf… and got the world’s biggest Prada box:
Despite the massive fail with my camera, all in all a pretty good day!