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Off the Record: April 25, 2015

Mickey and Minnie Mouse show off their fashion credentials, plus a Brazilian beach party in London

CEO of Jigsaw, Peter Ruis, journalist Harriet Quick and head of The Shop at Bluebird, Claire Miles

Jigsaw chief executive Peter Ruis, journalist Harriet Quick and Claire Miles, head of The Shop at Bluebird

Carnival fever in London

On what was appropriately the warmest day of the year so far in London, luxury beachwear and lifestyle brand Frescobol Carioca threw a Brazilian-themed summer party at The Shop at Bluebird on the King’s Road. Guests including Jigsaw boss Peter Ruis, womenswear designer Zoe Jordan and Matthew Williamson’s communications director Rosanna Falconer sipped cachaça cocktails and tried out Frescobol Carioca’s fancy wooden beach bats. DJs Scarlett Lapidus and The Menendez Brothers provided the music.

From left to right: Samuel Netty, Jill Geoghegan and Stephen Etheridge

Samuel Nettey, Jill Geoghegan and Stephen Etheridge

Stepping out in style

Footwear aficionados beat a path to the 15th annual dinner of The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers at Painter’s Hall in the City of London last week. Among the sole mates were men’s footwear buyer at Next Samuel Nettey, Drapers’ Jill Geoghegan and Church’s chief executive Stephen Etheridge, who was the night’s guest speaker.  

Touker Suleyman

Touker Suleyman

Dragon gives a Ghost tour

Newly appointed Dragons’ Den panellist and Ghost chairman Touker Suleyman welcomed the Chelsea set to the relaunch of the womenswear business’s 120 King’s Road flagship in London, proudly proclaiming “Ghost is back”. Suleyman will hit screens for the BBC2 show next year but in the meantime is concerning himself with attracting a younger customer for Ghost’s autumn 15 collection.

Team Oasis tuck in

Team Oasis tuck in

Drapers hits the sweet spot

The Oasis team led the charge to the pick and mix at the Drapers Next Generation 2015 after-party last week. Legions of young fashion high-flyers hit the photo booth and feasted on sweet treats after a day of inspirational insight from the likes of Mark Sebba and the devilishly handsome Patrick Grant. Roll on next year!

From left to right: Francesca Gianesin, Mickey Mouse, Tara Hounslea, David Lee, Minnie Mouse and James Matheson

With Mickey and Minnie Mouse are Francesca Gianesin, Tara Hounslea, David Lee and James Matheson

A mice evening out

Proving that it’s not just for kids, Disney held an event at London’s Somerset House to woo potential partners and show off its fashion credentials, filling eight rooms with designs from brand collaborations including Pinko, Matchless, Eleven Paris and Valentino. Pictured are Disney vice-president of fashion Francesca Gianesin, Drapers’ Tara Hounslea, Disney’s director of footwear David Lee and senior PR manager James Matheson. And two more familiar faces, of course.

New Look CEO Anders Kristiansen with models wearing New Look Men

Chief executive Anders Kristiansen (third right) with models wearing New Look Men

New Look’s men of many talents

Celebrating its headline partnership with the annual Wireless Festival, New Look invited a host of names from the worlds of fashion, music, sport and, of course, reality television, to an exclusive event at the Mondrian Hotel on London’s South Bank. The event, along with the opening of its menswear concept store on Oxford Street last month and the appointment of a new menswear design director, demonstrates New Look’s commitment to raising the profile of its menswear offering.

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