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Wear What When Why: Could discounting be the new luxury?

I wonder if Bicester Village is the future of fashion? For the uninitiated, I’m referring not to the sleepy Oxfordshire civil parish, but rather an adjacent shopping outlet  a friend of mine described as “Bond Street via Brookside,” the latter due to the quaint, parochial barn-styled building that house its shops, then former because of the shops themselves, running the gamut from Dior to Balenciaga to Fendi to Céline. The highest-profile absences are Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton - the CEO of the latter, Michael Burke, once disparagingly comment to me that outlets weren’t luxury. Which is a fair enough comment. They are big business though: 6.3 million customers flock to Bicester each year. 

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Louis Vuitton's Series 3 exhibition

Since he joined Louis Vuitton in 2013, Nicolas Ghesquière has created a series of hits for the grand French house. Now a new London 'experience' will allow visitors to get up close and personal with his clothes, says Alexander Fury