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Off the Record: April 18, 2015

Fashionable types prepare to run the London Marathon, plus Swedish brand Monki unveils its new look Carnaby Street store

Monki's Catharina Frankander with Joel Degermarkof Swedish design firm Electric Dreams

Monki’s Catharina Frankander with Joel Degermarkof Swedish design firm Electric Dreams

It’s Monki magic

Swedish young fashion retailer Monki held a party to mark the unveiling of its revamped Carnaby Street store in London. It is first of its 90 global stores to feature the new design concept, as well as illustrations covering the walls by Finnish artist Santtu Mustonen. Monki’s head of store concept Catharina Frankander is pictured with Joel Degermark, owner of Swedish design firm Electric Dreams, who created the eclectic interior.

From left to right: Ashley Morris, Kate Dixon and Michael Ziff

From left: Ashley Morris, Kate Dixon and Michael Ziff

Marathon efforts for charity

Next weekend will see a number of fashion faces pull on their running gear to compete in the London Marathon. Ashley Morris, managing director of women’s footwear brand Linzi, is raising money for Children with Cancer UK. Kate Dixon, head of recruitment at womenswear retailer Jacques Vert, is competing in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. And footwear industry veteran Michael Ziff is running for Cancer Research UK and Jewish charity Maccabi GB. If you are taking part in the marathon, be sure to let us know by emailing

Instagram snaps from HandM's pool party (hm), Coach Backstage (harpersbazaarus) and Jeremy Scott's party (itsjeremyscott)

Instagram snaps from H&M’s pool party (@hm), Coach Backstage (@harpersbazaarus) and Jeremy Scott’s party (@itsjeremyscott)

Festival fashion at Coachella

Meanwhile in the California desert, several big brands hosted events to take advantage of the hordes of fashion bloggers, models and socialites from around the world in town for the annual Coachella music festival. H&M, which has designed an official line of boho-inspired festival gear called H&M Loves Coachella, threw a glamorous pool party to celebrate the range’s launch. US accessories label Coach hosted its fourth Coach Backstage concert and Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott invited guests including fellow designer Alexander Wang, model Jourdan Dunn and singer Katy Perry to his annual festival bash.

Riviera Style

Beauties and the beach

If the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying has got you in the mood for skimpier dressing, then save the date for Riviera Style – an exhibition opening next month at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, south London. It looks at beachwear trends from the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California, showcasing swimsuits, sarongs, bikinis and Breton tops dating from the early 1900s to the present day. Opening on May 22, it runs through the summer until August 30. For more information visit

The Plastic Age

G-Star aims to turn tide of pollution

Following on from the launch of its second RAW for the Oceans capsule collection of denim pieces made from recycled ocean plastic, G-Star hosted the premiere of a new documentary, The Plastic Age, at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. Produced by the brand in collaboration with environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans, the film explores the impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Bronagh Monahan performs at the United Nude spring 15 event

Bronagh Monahan performs at the United Nude spring 15 event

Going Nude in Shoreditch

Footwear label United Nude celebrated the launch of its spring 15 collection last week with a pop-up shop and party at The Old Truman Brewery in east London. Forming part of the brand’s Creators and Makers event series, the evening featured live music from Irish singer Bronagh Monahan.

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