For some of you who aren’t familiar or have not heard of Bicester Village, its an outdoor designer fashion outlet but set in a posh British village. It's well-known by fashion loving British, Middle-eastern and Asians hunting for designer clothing at reduced prices. We all know how Asians can be spotted where there’s a scent of a sale :D
What makes Bicester Village different to shopping centres is the fact that you can find designer fashion at discounted prices. The designer outlets include Valentino, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Versace, Hugo Boss. Temperley and so much more.
I picked out my favourite to feature in this blog; After writing It’s just Roberto Cavalli blog, it was great to finally see the amazing pieces of art in person.The Cavalli outlet (image 1) was similar to fashion straight off the runway, as shown on the blog. I loved the Spring and Summer fashion silks in a fusion of bright and bold colours. I loved Cavalli's wonderful blazers with the same fabric dresses, digital printing gorgeous on silk fabrics. They had elasticated waist kaftans with gold button detailing, you would of loved it!
Ted Baker (image 2) has always been one of my favourites for accessories and clothes. Its not only affordable put if you want a classic patterned piece from £49 for a top and £149 for a floral dress. Most of you must of come across the Ted Baker patent bags on the tube in London - fashionable young ladies going to work and looking great in their Ted Baker bags. The accessories are one to watch with Ted Baker in all different colours, styles and sizes. Perfect for British Asians with a wide variety of coloured clothes.
Karen Millen (image 3) had a selection of printed jackets and coats perfect for the changing chilly then sunny weather. Karen Millens a good idea for fashionistas trying to find outwear that stands out from the crowd. If your looking for statement pieces, Karen Millen is one to visit.
Valentino (image 4) was luxury fashion heaven at Bicester Village, my favourite was the themed crochet dresses and unique netted embroidered western fashion dresses. It was high fashion at its best, Valentino had limited fashion in the shop but what they did have was breath-taking beautifully and proved its quality not quantity matters.
Burberry (image 5) were the best for coats, from the classic Burberry trench coats in beige or black to gold should plated detailing reading ‘Burberry’. All the coats and jackets were spectacular, most costing £549 but worth it if you need a classic coat you will always wear for years to come. For example, every year l spend £130 on a winter coat, the equivalent of buying a new coat every year for four years.
Versace (image 6) outlet had a selection of printed and matching suits. The pastel garments were for Spring and bright pinks and floral reds dresses were grouped in different areas of the shops. The collection was bright, flamboyant yet sexy like Donatella Versace herself.
Bicester Village is another world compared to other towns, cities, high street and most shopping experience high streets. Its definitely a place to visit for inspiration and designer fashion.
What made all the designer collections different was the patterns, fashion designs and variety of fabrics. The major difference is the tailoring, touch of the fabrics, prints and cut of the garments. The designer garments are flawless classic pieces, just made me think why do we not have anything like this in Britain/UK for Asians? I’m sure we can take some inspiration from the western high fashion designers.
I hope you enjoy reading the magazine, as much as I loved sharing the hidden fashion gems and supporting women promoting their fashion business. I'm always on the lookout for inspirational women running or thinking of starting up a fashion business. If you're one, please get in touch and you can join me at one of my exclusive meetups for women with fashion businesses.