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Off the record, April 13 2013

Zandra Rhodes went digital, Dr Kruger got a dose of Bench and Project D London went large.

Joanna Lumley and Zandra Rhodes

Joanna Lumley and Zandra Rhodes

What Official unveiling of the Zandra Rhodes digital study collection

Where London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey Street

The University for the Creative Arts has launched a digital archive of work by designer Zandra Rhodes. To mark the launch of the archive, actress Joanna Lumley joined Rhodes at an official event at the Fashion and Textile Museum. More than 500 of Rhodes’ dresses and garments have been catalogued and photographed for the archive over the past 18 months

Best of friends Actress Joanna Lumley (below left) with Rhodes.

What Bench shop-in-shop launch at Dr Kruger

Where Dr Kruger, 58 North Road, Lancaster

Bench’s Jonathan Kenyon, Jamie Nichols and Luke Barton, and Dr Kruger owner Asif Patel

Bench’s Jonathan Kenyon, Jamie Nichols and Luke Barton, and Dr Kruger owner Asif Patel

Young fashion brand Bench threw a party to mark the opening of its shop-in-shop concept inside Lancaster indie Dr Kruger. Local DJs Sound Slaves took to the decks to entertain guests, who were treated to drinks and canapés, as well as in-store promotions and goodie bags.

On Dr’s orders (From left) Bench’s Jonathan Kenyon, Jamie Nichols and Luke Barton, and Dr Kruger owner Asif Patel pose outside the shop.

Tabitha Somerset Webb and Dannii Minogue

Tabitha Somerset Webb and Dannii Minogue

What Project D London and Simply Be collaboration

Where Morton’s Club, Berkeley Square, London

Premium womenswear brand Project D London celebrated its collaboration with plus-size home shopping retailer Simply Be at a bash in London. The brand’s founders, former X Factor judge Dannii Minogue (right) and designer Tabitha Somerset Webb (left) were there to greet guests.

The drinks Champagne and classic cocktails.

The food A selection of canapés.

What Le Coq Sportif’s Spanish store launch

Where 6 Calle Boters, Barcelona

Le Coq Sportif

Le Coq Sportif

French sportswear brand Le Coq Sportif unveiled its first flagship store in Spain recently and held a party to mark the occasion. Le Coq Sportif’s ambassadors - France’s double Olympic swimming gold medallist Yannick Agnel and Pedro Delgado, Spanish winner of the Tour de France 1988 - both attended the official opening in store and then joined the party afterwards in Barcelona’s Ocaña club.

Blast-off Guests were showered with confetti as the store launched.

Shhhhhh!
Which avant-garde luxury menswear designer was recently spotted on a Ryanair flight back from Gran Canaria?

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