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Off the record, April 7 2012

On the ball with Freya Active, a Selected catwalk in Dublin and designer discounts at Bicester.

National Schools Netball Tournament

National Schools Netball Tournament

WHAT National Schools Netball Tournament     

WHERE Basildon Sports Village, Essex

Sports bra brand Freya Active continued its partnership with England Netball by appearing at the National Schools Netball Tournament recently. Freya Active took the chance to provide sports bra fittings in a customised bra booth in order to highlight the importance of sports bra support.

Who More than 650 players from the U19s and U16s school netball teams and nearly 200 spectators.

What Both netball players and spectators got to check that they were wearing the correct bra size.

WHAT Selected Femme and Homme catwalk     

Maeve O’Higgins, Julie Osborn, Karen Higgins and Kate Coughlan

Maeve O’Higgins, Julie Osborn, Karen Higgins and Kate Coughlan

WHERE Brown Thomas in Dublin            

Bestseller Group-owned brands Selected Femme and Selected Homme showcased looks from their spring 12 collections. (From left) Maeve O’Higgins, Brown Thomas brand manager, viewed the collections with Selected Femme brand manager Julie Osborn, and Brown Thomas’s buyer Karen Higgins and assistant buyer Kate Coughlan.

The clothes Items included a green silk shirt paired with cream leather shorts, a beige parka and a batwing shirt.

The music I Need a Dollar by Aloe Blacc, Katy on a Mission by Katy B and Bad Girls by MIA.

Fiona McIntosh and Katie Popperwel

Fiona McIntosh and Katie Popperwel

WHAT An evening with Fiona McIntosh, former Elle UK editor               

WHERE The womenswear floor at Harvey Nichols in Manchester              

Fiona McIntosh (left) was interviewed by fashion website Emerald Street’s Katie Popperwell (right). She shared her experience of the business of fashion as well as her predictions for the future of online and print media with an audience from the Manchester-based fashion industry.

Who Fiona McIntosh, ex-Elle UK editor, ex-editor-in-chief at Grazia and consultant for My-Wardrobe for its Everyday Luxury relaunch.

The entertainment A wine reception.

WHAT British Designers Collective           

WHERE Bicester Village 

Emma Cook, Justin Thornton, Alexa Chung, Bella Freud, Harold Tillman, Desirée Bollier and Alice Stone.

Emma Cook, Justin Thornton, Alexa Chung, Bella Freud, Harold Tillman, Desirée Bollier and Alice Stone.

Alexa Chung hosted the launch of the annual British designers collective, a pop-up boutique concept store, at Bicester Village. Pictured at the launch (from left) are designer Emma Cook, Justin Thornton of design duo Preen, Chung, designer Bella Freud, the British Fashion Council’s Harold Tillman, Value Retail chief executive Desirée Bollier and designer Alice Stone.

The store Customers can buy pieces from designers’ past season collections at up to 60% off the recommended retail price.

The designers Those featured in the store include Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Preen, Lulu & Co and Marios Schwab.


Which young fashion chain likes to snap representatives of its brands on nights out in “compromising” situations?

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