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Off the record, April 5 2014

The week’s hottest happenings.

Double trouble Down Under

Supplier Simon Berwin and designer Paul Costelloe

Supplier Simon Berwin and designer Paul Costelloe

Did you hear the one about the Englishman and the Irishman in Australia? No neither did we, but we suspect a few tall tales came out of the trip to Oz by tailoring supplier Simon Berwin and designer Paul Costelloe. Here Mr C, watched by Mr B, addresses the David Jones store group. We know it’s autumn over there, but did Paul really need a scarf?

Store’s Opening is a celebrity lark

Hosts Lucy Olivier (far right) and Phoebe Pring (second from left) celebrated with Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue and Binky Felstead

Hosts Lucy Olivier (far right) and Phoebe Pring (second from left) celebrated with Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue and Binky Felstead

New boutique Lark London opened in Kensal Rise with a celebrity-filled party. Hosts Lucy Olivier (far right) and Phoebe Pring (second from left) celebrated with Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue and Binky Felstead. Actress Sadie Frost and interior designer Meg Matthews also dropped in, with pet dog Oscar in tow.

Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby coat

Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby coat

Meeting our Matches

Drapers’ Graeme Moran and Emily Norval attended the unveiling of Matchesfashion.com’s menswear buy for autumn 14. Some of the designers present were Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, who shared a joke with stylist Harris Elliot. We were particularly impressed with this £20,000 Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby coat (left), hand-painted by US artist Ruby.

 

 

 

Blue Wolfson versus Simply Red Hucknall

Next chief executive Lord Wolfson was on the same panel as Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall on last week’s Question Time

Next chief executive Lord Wolfson was on the same panel as Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall on last week’s Question Time

Here’s a duet we never thought we’d see. Next chief executive Lord Wolfson was on the same panel as Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall on last week’s Question Time on BBC1. The pair were separated by the usual suspects - a UKIP MEP, a Labour MP, a Tory MP and chairman David Dimbleby - but they were, for different reasons, the best value for money. Hucknall (right) rambled on vaguely in a trippy-hippy way, while Wolfson (left), a Tory peer, was sharp and articulate on a range of subjects including same-sex marriage, house building and the UK’s future in or out of the EU.

Mrs B and Drake

Mrs B and Drake

It’s Mrs Brown’s boy

One of the more unexpected meetings of the week came in the form of Browns’ Mrs B, aka Joan Burstein, and rapper Drake, who visited the Browns Focus store to launch a pop-up for his clothing label, October’s Very Own. Hundreds of fans awaited the rapper as he entered the store, and from the looks of things, Mrs B can now count herself among them.

 

 

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