Meet the designers: British Fashion Council Designer Pop-up
To create a striking backdrop against which to showcase the work of Britain’s most exciting fashion talents, London-based textile designer Diane Bresson was engaged to produce a bespoke graphic black-and-white print for the BFC Designer Pop-up. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Diane merges craft and technology to create the signature digital prints for which she was awarded the prestigious Colour in Design Award for 2018. Designed exclusively for the pop-up, Diane’s arresting monochromatic print features across the floor and walls of the entire boutique space, creating a thoroughly immersive visitor experience. Diane’s minimalist style takes inspiration from mathematics, op art and graphic design and the designer experiments in different media, from serigraphy and digital print to animation.
Launched in 2014 by Rosh Mahtani, Alighieri is a jewellery collection inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy; each piece corresponds to one of the poet’s 100 poems and is embedded with stories of the pilgrim’s journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. Rooted in the romantic notion that jewellery can be talismanic, the designs are crafted sustainably from gold-plated recycled bronze through the process of lost-wax casting.
Born in the Sun
The elegance with which the style icons of old would finish off a look with a stylish hairpiece provided the inspiration for Born in the Sun’s range of headbands, hair clips and bows. Less than a year old, the brand has quickly garnered an impressive following with its collection of hair accessories crafted from materials such as velvet, silk and raffia and featuring crystal, tortoiseshell and lace embellishments.
We are really proud of the work the British Fashion Council is doing to support British Brands, and it lovely to be in a curated environment amongst other British Brands
Inspired by its creator’s belief that statement shoes make a lasting impression, Camilla Elphick’s award-winning footwear brand was launched in 2014. Since then her sustainably produced shoes and boots, all of which feature a distinctive feminine touch, have become a firm favourite with the likes of Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Chloe Moretz, Holly Willoughby, Sienna Miller, Laura Whitmore and Pixie Lott.
We have focused on offering handmade designer shoes made sustainably at a great price-point for women of all ages.
Combining luxury and functionality in a range of everyday essentials, from tech to luggage accessories to wardrobe essentials, Chaos is a new brand by fashion stalwarts Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall. At the heart of the brand is a desire to work, travel, live and play with the utmost ease and elegance. Products can be personalised and combined in order to be completely unique to their users.
Concept designers Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty respond instinctively to their social environment, focusing on fabrication and fit to create new looks for contemporary living. The duo is famed for staging immersive shows in, amongst others, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Natural History Museum, as well as for their innovative apparel and footwear collaboration with Reebok.
Synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity, Erdem Moralioglu’s womenswear label is defined by its creator’s use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints and detailed craftsmanship. The label has assembled an impressive array of awards since its 2005 launch, including the British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, and is sold in more than 170 of the world’s most exclusive retailers.
We are thrilled to be a part of the BFC’s pop-up at Bicester Village which is giving us an opportunity to introduce ERDEM to a new audience.
Taking inspiration from art, architecture and history, Korean-born Eudon Choi effortlessly combines masculine tailoring techniques with a meticulous eye for detail to create garments that are unique, understated and intellectual. Since launching his eponymous label in 2009, Choi has become a regular at London Fashion Week and has received numerous accolades from the fashion fraternity.
Bicester Village is the ultimate luxury-shopping hub and it has been a great success in the past for Eudon Choi.
Launched in 2015 by Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, Hillier Bartley combines masculine elegance with rakish femininity and plays with the notion of mixing the English aristocracy with street style influences. The brand focuses on timeless ready-to-wear and accessories to create a collection which is unique, pure and personal, and with an uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship, fabric, and attention to detail.
Not only do we get to collaborate with so many great British designers we also get fantastic exposure to the wider international audience whose engagement is invaluable to the growth of our business.
Although firmly rooted in fashion and textiles, award-winning Holly Fulton studio has grown to encompass a range of multidisciplinary collaborations, from bespoke interiors to prestige packaging. Imbued with a distinctive sense of luxury and an innate understanding of craftmanship, the label is known for the witty hand-drawn prints that adorn the innovative and unique pieces in its capsule collections.
House of Holland
Inspired by the attitudes, cultures and mindsets that exist in the English capital, Henry Holland’s quirky-chic collection includes everything from slogan Ts and statement shades to playful party dresses – all with the brand’s signature twist. Designed to be both dressed up and worn with trainers, and featuring neon hues, busy prints and irreverent slogans, House of Holland exudes cool confidence and absolute individuality.
While still studying at Central Saint Martins, Chinese-born London-based designer Huishan Zhang was handpicked by Delphine Arnault to work in the House of Dior. Most influenced by his Chinese heritage, particularly aspects of the country’s craftmanship and design, Zhang’s label, which he launched in 2011, draws on these age-old techniques to produce feminine and infinitely refined silhouettes.
I love being part of these fun filled initiatives that bring people together and open up the doors to customers around the world.
With a design ethos firmly rooted in understated luxury and expert craftsmanship, J&M Davidson’s beautifully crafted handbags, ready-to-wear and accessories are true modern heirlooms. The brand, a fusion of British eclecticism and French insouciance, was launched with a single bag back in 1984 and today boasts flagship stores on London’s prestigious Mount Street in Mayfair and in Tokyo’s Aoyama District.
The global attention that Bicester has, brings a unique opportunity to open brands up to a new international clientele.
Created by Paulo Almeida and Marta Marques to respond to a younger generation’s demand for day-to-day high-end fashion, Marques’Almeida has built up a strong community of so-called ‘M’A girls’, devoted followers who have become the inspiration for the brand’s seasonal collections. Multiple award winners, the label specialises in utilitarian jackets, jeans and T-shirt dresses, all featuring raw edges and frayed denim.
It is such a brilliant concept and one that we love supporting! It is a great opportunity for us to showcase our collections.
Born in Athens, Mary Katrantzou graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008. Her graduation show, which featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewellery on jersey-bonded dresses, took the industry by storm, immediately securing a number of prestigious stockists. Since then her eponymous brand has evolved to include innovative fabric, beadwork and embroidery in structured yet feminine silhouettes.
Mother of Pearl
A contemporary womenswear brand that celebrates individuality, authenticity and sustainability with innovative fabric pairings and unique prints, Mother of Pearl was founded in 2002 to make fashion with “wit, heart and conscience”. Creative Director Amy Powney is an ardent advocate of ethical fashion and the brand is committed to sustainable materials and complete traceability across its supply chains.
Committed to “finding new ways to make better shoes”, award-winning footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood is intent on challenging existing definitions of luxury, but without ever compromising on quality of design and materials. The label celebrates powerful, feminine and confident women, while merging art, technology and fashion to create bold shoes that push the boundaries of footwear design.
The BFC does a fundamental job in supporting emerging talents and showcasing British brands at a global level through various initiatives.
The so-called ‘shirt boys’, Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding are both former winners of the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund. They launched their label in 2012, taking their signature architectural shirt and reframing it as skirts, trousers, jackets and dresses with ruffles, textures and buttoned panels to create collections that bridge the gap between wardrobe essential and modern statement.
The BFC Pop-up is such a great initiative for London designer brands to be introduced to a diverse range of international customers, and also test the waters for future retail opportunity at the same time.
Evoking strong, modern femininity through vivid hues, contrasting fabrics and bold, structural shapes, Paper London’s Creative Director Kelly Townsend is heavily influenced by modern art and architecture. A two-time winner of the British Fashion Council Contemporary Award, the brand counts Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Solange Knowles, Margot Robbie and Kate Hudson among its illustrious fans.
It is a privilege to sit amongst the hero brands in the Bicester Village portfolio, and be given the chance to showcase our collection to their elite following.
Founded in 2011, Phoebe English’s eponymous men’s and womenswear brand is made entirely in England, its pieces created with close attention to detail and quality fabrications. The antithesis of ‘fast fashion’, the label is bedrocked by a strong sense of producer responsibility, and sustainability underpins all design decisions. English is a former winner of the L’Oréal Professionel Prize, Ungaro Bursary and Chloe Award.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Described as “a sartorial traditional clash with a very British sense of tongue-in-cheek chic”, Preen’s debut collection at London Fashion Week SS 2001 put the brand firmly on the fashion map. Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi are inspired by a mutual love of all things Victoriana, as well as a shared passion for recycling and a fascination with balancing masculine and feminine, hard and soft.
The Bicester Village designer pop-up gives our customers outside of London a great opportunity to try on and shop our collection.
The focus of Racil Chalhoub’s brand, which the London-based designer launched in 2015, is the tuxedo or Le Smoking – an item of clothing she first fell in love with while living in Paris as a young girl. Created to be worn in multiple ways for day-to-night styling, her collections of exceptional tailored pieces for women combine Savile Row materials and Parisian tailoring with a Lebanese sensibility.
Bicester Village is beautifully designed and offers the customer a well curated retail mix.
RIXO’s story began in September 2015, in the London living room of best friends Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, both passionate lovers of vintage fashion and accessories. Inclusive and always empowering, the resulting collections fill a gap in the contemporary market with easy-to-wear, feminine silhouettes and high-quality materials, evoking a wanderlust and free spirit in all their wearers.
The inspiration for RIXO comes from mine and Orlagh’s love of the hunt for vintage steals and quality pieces at a great price point.
Crafted with flair, couture-like details and a contemporary attitude, Roksanda Ilincic’s jewel-hued cocktail dresses and gowns have firmly entrenched the Serbian-born designer in the upper echelons of luxury fashion. Her debut collection at 2005 London Fashion Week ushered in a completely fresh aesthetic and the strong women-centred ethos that has made Roksanda a leading voice in fashion.
As she develops a constantly evolving vision of femininity, Sharon Wauchob brings an unpredictable edge to the world of contemporary luxury – an attribute that has won the London-based designer a firm following. The work of this former Creative Director of Edun is distinguished by an experimental use of materials and fabrics and her pieces incorporate folds, drapes, pleats and exquisite detailing.
Internationally renowned footwear and accessories designer, Sophia Webster counts Michelle Obama and Emily Blunt as devoted fans. Her collections, which include her signature butterfly winged Chiaras and Rosalind Sandals, have evolved to encompass bridal and children’s footwear, trainers and handbags. Expect kaleidoscopic colourways, hyper-real detailing and playful embellishment.
I am delighted to share a selection of my favourite shoes and accessories amongst my fellow British designers at the BFC pop up.
Helmed by Londoners Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones, contemporary womenswear brand Teatum Jones was launched in 2010. Sharing a passion for textile innovation, the pair scooped the illustrious International Woolmark Prize in 2016, a first for a British designer since the competition’s inception in 1963. In 2018, they won coveted business mentorship from The Bicester Village Shopping Collection.
The delicate, tactile aesthetic of Finnish-born designer Teija Eilola’s womenswear label merges experimental cutting with modern tailoring and couture-inspired techniques. Launched in 2012, the London-based brand favours clean silhouettes made of premium European and Japanese fabrics. The designer embraces the Nordic spirit of functionality and minimalism and emphasises craftsmanship over embellishment.
We want to show our brand aesthetic to the fashion shopper around the world who is looking for something a bit different instead of going for the bigger more recognisable brands.
Grace Wales Bonner launched her eponymous label in 2014, following her graduation from Central Saint Martins. Established as a menswear brand, Wales Bonner’s soulful tailoring soon expanded to womenswear. In 2015, she was awarded Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards. In 2016, following her first solo runway presentation – Ezekiel, she received the LVMH Young Designer Prize.
Inspired by Kim Winser’s desire to meet the needs of busy working women, British womenswear brand Winser was launched in 2013. Modern, stylish and cleverly cut, the pieces boast superior construction and high-quality fabrics, making them timeless investment pieces that quickly become wardrobe favourites. Collaborations with Yasmin Le Bon and Gillian Anderson have only bolstered the brand’s popularity.
We are proud to be a British brand, so to be chosen by the BFC to sit alongside some of Britain's design greats at the best retail outlet village in the world is very special.
Visit the boutique
Located opposite Polo Ralph Lauren, join us in welcoming the best of British design talent to Bicester Village from 8 to 27 October.