The British Fashion Council (BFC) will open an 11-day pop-up for young designers at Bicester Village on November 1, showcasing samples, unique designs and stock from previous seasons that can’t be found elsewhere. The event is the result of a new partnership, Business of Retail, established by the BFC and Value Retail, owner of the Oxfordshire-based shopping outpost, that will not only offer free space to small-scale designers – who will keep all the proceeds – but provide business mentoring aimed at setting them on a path towards running successful ventures in the future.
Pieces by well-established names sprinkle their stardust at the pop-up, and include Christopher Kane’s metallic pleated skirts (£295) and wool cardigans (£250); a Roksanda dress in cool 1970s colours (£125); a flattering flowing number from socialites’ favourite Emilia Wickstead (£295); and a shimmering dinner dress (£540) by Peter Pilotto – hot on the heels of the design duo’s wedding dress triumph for Princess Eugenie.
Rising names to make the cut include Irish designer Sharon Wauchob, who creates delicate dresses and knit tops (from £187); Holly Fulton, with her quirky knits and accessories (from £40 for earrings); Palmer Harding, a duo who are setting the agenda on asymmetric shirt dressing (from £69 for a skirt); Eudon Choi, with his cool yet unconventional tailoring (from £110 for a shirt); Mother of Pearl, whose luxe casualwear includes a sustainable capsule collection (from £58 for a top); and Marques’Almeida, a pair who bring street-influenced avant-garde designs to the table (from £68 for a top).
The line-up also includes Teatum Jones, finalist in this year’s Green Carpet fashion award for emerging talent in sustainable design (another Value Retail-sponsored project), who uses recycled materials – from polyester and Tencel to unravelled merino yarn – worked into embroidery (priced from £48 for a T-shirt).