Highlights From The Bicester Village Shopping Collection’s Summer Activations

BY Ayesha Sohail Shehmir Shaikh / Jul 2 2019 / 19:01 PM

Founded in 1995, the Bicester Village Shopping Collection showcased an array of revered fashion brands and artistic talent this summer...

Highlights From The Bicester Village Shopping Collection’s Summer Activations
Courtesy of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection
The Creative Spot at Fidenza Village

Founded in 1995 and situated across Western Europe and China with eleven villages, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection is known as one of the leading shopping destinations for luxury brands and fashion.

This Summer, alongside a variety of fashion brands, the Bicester Village Shopping Collection showcased works by budding and established artists by the likes of Belgian architect-designer Charles Kaisin at Maasmechelen Village and an iconic T-shirts exhibition at La Roca Village, celebrating artistic diversity throughout the world.

All Things India at Bicester Village. Courtesy of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection

On view until 30 September, Belgium’s Maasmechelen Village has seen an artistic transformation of its buildings and al fresco sites. The village’s clock and entrance tower have been adorned with the colours of the Belgian flag, while Brussels’ iconic Manneken Pis sculpture has been redesigned by Kaisin.

“Monumental and a little tongue-in-cheek, an entire Village painted in the colours of our flag, and drawing on the country’s cultural symbols, represents a poignant reminder of Belgian unity and pride in our shared national heritage,” said Kaisin.

Proud to be Belgian at Maasmechelen Village. Designed by Charles Kaisin. Courtesy of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection

Also on show at Bicester Village from 17 until 29 May was a campaign entitled All Things India, exploring emerging talent and traditional craftsmanship through its concept boutique. Curated by Art Purveyor Roohi Jaikishan and Fashion Editor Sujata Assomull, the boutique is home to a variety of luxury brands by the likes of Pippa Small, Behno and Tiipoi.

Spain’s La Roca Village unveiled an exhibition entitled T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion. Curated by Dennis Nothdruft, Jenna Rossi-Camus and David Sinclair, the exhibition explored the evolution of the T-shirt and the relationship between art and fashion.

A view of the T-Shirt exhibition. 
Courtesy of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection

Over at the Milanese town which houses Fidenza village, the third edition of pop-up boutique The Creative Spot saw evocative works by thirteen international designers who have embraced the theme of sustainability.

Inspired by a classic Italian Renaissance piazza and designed by architect Massimiliano Locatelli, the furnishings of the boutique were handcrafted using recycled plastic bottles. With their new collections, each designer showcased an artistic way to reuse plastic. Featured designers included CORA, Keef Palas, Patrick McDowell and more.

The Bicester Village Shopping Collection is situated in London, Dublin, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Shanghai and Suzhou. Each village pays homage to world-renowned luxury brands and lifestyle boutiques amid picturesque surroundings.

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