The week’s hottest happenings.
Boxfresh’s General assembly
Young fashion brand Boxfresh celebrated the launch of its collaboration with graffiti artist Josh Stika with a whiskey-fuelled party at Topman General Store in Shoreditch. Radio 1 DJ Monki took care of the music while Stika unveiled a bespoke light installation and graffiti clothing collection. It was the fifth event this year of Boxfresh’s ongoing 25th anniversary festivities - only 20 more parties to go…
Justin time for William Rast
William Rast, the label founded by Justin Timberlake and friend Trace Ayala, hosted an autumn 14 preview for buyers and press last week, including Drapers’ Graeme Moran and Keely Stocker. Ayala (above) was joined by creative director Marcella Lindeberg, who talked guests through the relaunch range. After a catwalk and a boat ride on the Thames, the night ended at Timberlake’s gig at The O2.
Generation game at F&F
F&F upped its fashion credentials by holding its spring 14 catwalk show in the courtyard of Somerset House, home of London Fashion Week. Spotted by Drapers after the show were two generations of Tesco’s team: Jason Tarry (left), today’s chief executive of clothing, and John Hoerner, previously head of clothing, who now consults for Tesco on international trading.
Fiesta is a rum do
The rum bar drew the biggest crowd at the Mauritius Fashion Fiesta in the Emirates stadium in north London. The two-day event showcased the best of manufacturing in Mauritius, with attendance from more than 20 textile companies, whose clients include the likes of Arcadia, Next and M&S. Many buyers, including Melissa Jacques and Ivor Blakeley from Joules, also took the opportunity to sample some of the liquid delights the island has to offer.
Recruiter Yasmin’s Got Talent
By day she works for recruitment consultancy Cranberry Panda helping fashion brands find designers; by night she is a singing sensation. Described by the judges of London bar Archer Street’s ‘Got Talent’ competition as “a born storyteller”, Yasmin Shabankareh made it to the final heats this week, judged by soap stars Michelle Collins and Nasty Nick himself John Altman. If she makes the finals she’s up for a £5,000 prize.
MBS celebrates 25 years
Last week, Moira Benigson and her team celebrated the 25th anniversary of The MBS Group, the executive search firm she founded. The event was hosted in Hyde Park at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, one of the firm’s most recent clients. Some of the industry’s most influential names joined the party, including Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King (pictured with Benigson) and former Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose.
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