LOVE IMPERFECTION: PRINCESS DELPHINE’S ARTFUL TAKEOVER AT MAASMECHELEN VILLAGE

This summer, Princess Delphine takes over Maasmechelen Village,part of The Bicester Collection

“True beauty includes imperfections. I be- lieve that if we surround people with that positive, inclusive message in a place like Maasmechelen Village, where they come to shop and feel good, we can make it a reality.”

Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg

From 24 June to the end of August, Her Royal Highness Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, Princess of Belgium, will join Maasmechelen Village for a curated takeover that a range of interactive art installations and events as well as The Creative Spot, a pop-up boutique with local emerging designers. Titled ‘Love Imperfection’, the collaboration is designed to bring art and design closer to the people, and to promote an inclusive message of self-love, empowerment and optimism.

On her collaboration with Maasmechelen Village, the Princess says: “I am very excited about working with Maasmechelen Village. The Village is a destination where people come to enjoy the finer things in life. This offers a unique platform to spread an important message about loving your imperfections and to introduce Belgian art and fashion to a larger audience in new, exciting ways.”

Interactive art installations and exclusive designs 

An internationally acclaimed artist and Belgian fashion icon, Princess Delphine has created an exclusive series of patterns for adorning the Village, including its six-metre-high Manneken Pis transformed into ‘Delphineken Pis’, and a larger-than-life wishing tree. A mirrored installation, meanwhile, invites guests to reflect on the beauty of their own imperfections. 

“I think encouraging people to embrace and love their imperfections is such an important message, whether in terms of looks or life in general,” says the Princess. 

Nurturing tomorrow’s talent, today 

As a member of The Bicester Collection, Maasmechelen Village is proud to offer the next chapter of The Collection’s 20-year commitment to supporting emerging talent.In this edition of The Creative Spot, Princess Delphine has chosen 10 up-and- coming Belgian creatives to participate in pop-up boutique. 

Next to the Belgian designers, The Creative Spot also presents Italian label Themoirè and Nigerian designer Patience Torlowei, two of the finalists of The Bicester Collection Award for Emerging Designers at Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Sustainable Fashion Awards 2022 in Milan. 

All of participating designers will be provided free trading and the crucial support and resources needed to grow their businesses, a mission that resonates deeply with the Princess: 

“There are so many amazing talents, here in Belgium and around the world, and it’s so important to spotlight them. I have been in the arts world for more than 35 years now. I know how hard it is to get started so I feel very strongly about supporting up-and-coming designers.” 

Her Royal Highness Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, Princess of Belgium 

On the collaboration with Maasmechelen Village: 

“I am very excited about working with Maasmechelen Village. The Village is a destination where people come to enjoy the finer things in life. This offers a unique platform to spread an important message about loving your imperfections and to introduce Belgian art and fashion to a larger audience in new, exciting ways.” 

On supporting emerging designers through
The Creative Spot:
“Belgium has so many amazing talents and it’s so important to spotlight them. I have been in the arts world for more than 35 years now. I know how hard it is to get started so I feel very strongly about supporting up-and-coming designers.” 

“I selected designers that do things a little differently and out of the box. Even if what they create is very wearable, there is always this special touch that has managed to grab my attention. I feel like we’ve curated a unique blend of designers, brands and styles that are very different from one another but that all feel very relevant to me in their own way, and I’m excited to see them all in one place.” 

On the ‘Love Imperfection’ theme of the takeover: 

“I think encouraging people to embrace and love their imperfections is such an important message, whether in terms of looks or life in general. The beauty is in the imperfections. I believe that if we surround people with that message in a place where they come to shop and feel good, we can make it a reality.” 

Delphine Medaouri, Business Director at Maasmechelen Village 

On the collaboration: 

“It is an absolute privilege to work with Princess Delphine of Saxe- Coburg. This collaboration allows our guests to experience world- class art from up close, to discover emerging fashion designers, and to connect with an artist who is a Belgian art and fashion icon as well as a thought leader.” 

On ‘Love imperfection’ as part of the
Maasmechelen Village experience:


The Village take-over by Princess Delphine offers a true curation of experience which perfectly complements the five-star services Maasmechelen Village has to offer. Whether it is through hands- free shopping or our concierge services, we always aim to create an unforgettable journey for our guests. 

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