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Off the Record: April 4, 2015

The palace honours two prominent fashion world figures, plus a peek into the world of Christian Dior

Blogger Jefferson Pires with Drapers' fashion editor Graeme Moran

Blogger Jefferson Pires with Drapers’ fashion editor Graeme Moran

Getting arty with CAT

We swapped the Drapers office for a morning of paint brushes and overalls this week to take part in CAT Footwear’s creative workshop with artist Camille Walala. Pictured with blogger Jefferson Pires of SchoolBoyCouture, Drapers fashion editor Graeme Moran got creative customising a pair of CAT boots and painting the walls of a nearby Shoreditch gallery. We recommend Graeme sticks to his day job…



Emma Willis MBE

Another sales pitch at the palace

Jermyn Street shirtmaker Emma Willis might have found a new customer during her investiture as an MBE. Receiving her gong from the Duke of Cambridge, the energetic entrepreneur remarked that HRH Prince Charles had had a few shirts from her and Prince William replied that he would have to drop in to the shop too to be measured up. He also praised Willis for her work with veterans’ charity Style For Soldiers.  


From left to right: Laura Bailey, Daisy Lowe, Donna Air, Erin O'Connor

From left to right: Laura Bailey, Daisy Lowe, Donna Air, Erin O’Connor

Well-heeled models in Knightsbridge

Model Laura Bailey hosted a launch party for her design collaboration at the LK Bennett flagship in Knightsbridge, London, last week. The capsule collection of five shoes and a clutch bag, which launched in store and online on March 25, was toasted over cocktails by guests including Daisy Lowe, Donna Air and Erin O’Connor.


Film’s open Dior

Fancy a peek behind the scenes at one of the world’s most illustrious fashion houses? Then head to the cinema this weekend for Dior and I. This artfully shot documentary follows Dior creative director Raf Simons through the process of creating Christian Dior’s autumn 12 couture collection – his first following the much talked about departure of John Galliano.

Rochelle Hulmes unveils her spring 15 collection for

Rochelle Hulmes unveils her spring 15 collection for

Saturdays star’s very good friends

Guests jostled with pop stars for prime position at a showcase of The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes’ spring 15 collection for etailer Very at London’s Somerset House. Lending their support were Humes’ husband Marvin and his former JLS colleagues Aston Merrygold and JB Gill, as well as her pregnant bandmate Frankie Bridge.

Julie Deane OBE

Deane bags an OBE

Julie Deane, founder and chief executive of The Cambridge Satchel Company, looked striking in monochrome as she picked up her OBE for services to entrepreneurship from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. “This is the perfect celebration of an amazing few years and we look forward to continued growth here and internationally over the coming months,” said the ever-smiling Deane.

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