Christopher Kane, Roksanda, Peter Pilotto Touch Down in Bicester Village for BFC Pop-up

FRESH FINDS: Bicester Village has carved out a Millennial pink and highly Instagrammable space for its pop-up boutique in partnership with the British Fashion Council. The pop-up will be open until Nov. 12 and houses 11 British fashion labels including Christopher Kane, Roksanda, Mother of Pearl and Peter Pilotto.
The pop-up marks the first event of Bicester Village and the BFC’s new two-year partnership, Business of Retail, which aims to help designers from a business angle.
“This is an example of the kinds of partnerships we want to develop with the wider industry,” said Stephanie Phair, chair of the BFC. “Commercially, Bicester Village is offering valuable retail space for free, and it is also providing mentorship for all our designers.”
Designer Holly Fulton said the international platform that Bicester offers is invaluable. “Bicester has such a unique position in U.K. retail, and you really have access to a much more international audience. This is where we get the best kind of sales, when your stock is out of its usual context and put under a different light, people are more engaged and you get feedback from the staff.”
Since the outlet’s dedicated train station opened in 2015, Bicester Village has been working steadily on expanding its

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Roksanda Pre-Fall 2018

Roksanda Ilincic said she wanted her woman to feel sheltered, protected and confident, which is why there was a softness — and strength — to this charming collection.
“We are all living in an uncertain times, when things we thought wouldn’t happen are happening,” Ilincic said. “It is really important to give my woman that extra confidence. She is strong and dressing for herself. She is interested in many different aspects of culture, and I think that curiosity is very important.”
She injected abstract embellishments here and there, including swirls of embroidered arty scribbles for a tea-length dress or raw threads and knots on shirts to symbolize craftsmanship.
Cocooning coats came in navy, green or khaki, with some featuring a sporty ribbed jersey back panel or a ruffle trim.
In a nod to classic men’s wear, there was a pinstripe pattern on soft, silky blouses and on long dresses with the designer’s signature bell sleeve.
Her more embellished pieces included long organza dresses with hand-cut and hand-sewn three-dimensional flowers, which added texture and movement.
Separates included voluminous trousers, and short, billowy blouses.
Colors were meant to transmit a sense of calm and happiness and included nougat, porcelain, bordeaux, acid green, lavender, sapphire and scarlet.

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Roksanda Pre-Fall 2017

Roksanda Ilincic was inspired by William Eggleston photos of Seventies America — especially deserts, gas stations and grannies in cat-eye glasses. She was in a nostalgic mood, adding workwear elements to her signature voluminous forms and shading her collection with copper and dark green, orange and peach, and flashes of metallic fabric.
It was grand, beautiful and unmistakably Roksanda, from the chunky 3-D desert flowers that dotted the waist of a petrol Neoprene jacket or spilled lavishly over the shoulders of a black one. Sixties and Seventies nostalgia also came in an A-line coat with giant buttons resembling sea urchins, or a long breezy bohemian dress, dark green with a wide orange and peach hem.
There were culottes galore, done in heavy cotton twill and adorned with big mismatched buttons, and even a boiler suit glammed up with a silver metallic fabric. Knits had big bell sleeves and those crazy buttons again. There’s no forgetting a woman dressed in Roksanda: Whatever decade she’s working, she’s doing it with drama.

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Roksanda Marks 10 Years with Capsule Collection

Roksanda Turns 10: Roksanda Ilincic’s Roksanda label marks its 10th anniversary this year, and the London-based designer has dipped back into her archive to celebrate the milestone.
The designer has this week launched a 10-piece capsule collection that’s inspired by Ilincic’s back catalogue of designs — which make a feature of bold colors and strong silhouettes — over the past 10 years.
The looks include the Margot dress that Ilincic first showed in spring 2012, a shift dress with tuliplike sleeves, which she’s redone in tomato red and a voluminous, tiered smock dress, which originally came in deep purple, but is now in black.
Ilincic said looking back at her archive, she believes that “as a designer you evolve and change season to season.” “Culture has changed and the economic situation has changed,” Ilincic mused, noting that all those influences impact her aesthetic.
And while Ilincic launched her line on the London Fashion Week schedule for spring 2006 with “12 occasion dresses,” the line now comprises looks that her woman can wear “seven days a week,” the designer said. Alongside ready-to-wear, the label also includes a children’s collection, Blossom, and swimwear, while looking ahead she has categories such as handbags and fine jewelry in her

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