Celebrating India

Oxfordshire Bicester Village welcomed VIP guests and press to the launch of ‘Celebrating India’, an exciting new pop-up showcasing designers changing the face of modern Indian.

Designers include Manish Arora, Pippa Small, Beulah, Behno, Huemn, Dhruv Kapoor, Kanika Goyal label, Kashmir Loom, Khosla Jani, SZ Blockprints, Tada & Toy and Tiipoi. The boutique is part of All Things India, a village-wide campaign celebrating the creativity and craftsmanship of the country including fashion, photography, jewellery and lifestyle.

Desirée Bollier, Chair and Chief Merchant, Value Retail Management, hosted guests including Waris Ahluwalia, Jodie Kidd, Ruth Ganesh, Trustee of  Elephant Family, along with Donna Air and Amandip Uppal, bestselling cookery writer. Guests experienced first-hand the fashion-forward designs of India’s most celebrated talent at the boutique opening, and later enjoyed a delicious, Indian-inspired lunch at Café Wolseley.

Desirée Bollier said: ‘We are thrilled to be welcoming a new wave of India’s creative talents to Bicester Village to commence the launch of our summer campaign ‘All Things India’.

‘Collectively the designers showcased at the Celebrating India concept store are leading the charge and affirming India’s position on the international design agenda and, what more vibrant a highlight could we wish for than these five magnificent elephant sculptures honouring one of nature’s most celebrated icons.

‘The Bicester Village Shopping Collection is proud to partner with Elephant Family in support of its valuable work in protecting these endangered creatures.’

Elsewhere in the village, six magnificent, life-size elephants supporting the ongoing work of Elephant Family are on display exclusively until June 11. The Asian elephants are carved from lantana camara, a plant that is destroying their natural habitat, and shoppers can donate in-village to the Elephant Family charity, founded by the late Mark Shand.

Also on display will be the work of world renowned travel photographer, Chris Caldicott. A collection of his striking work on display in the village from now until June 20.

The restaurants at Bicester Village are also offering an authentic taste of India. Award-winning Curry Leaf Café are opening their first pop-up outside of Brighton for the duration of summer serving modern Indian street food. Café Wolseley has added The Delaunay signature chicken curry dish to their menu and will be serving a collection of Indian-sourced tea and bespoke elephant shortbread biscuits, all individually iced.

For shoppers wanting to introduce Indian flavours at home, Amandip Uppal’s cook book Indian Made Easy, which blends traditional and contemporary methods is available at the Celebrating India pop up.

Celebrating India, a designer pop-up boutique, will be open exclusively at Bicester Village until May 29.

Fernanda Marques attends a colourful celebration of All Things India at Bicester Village.