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Off the record, August 2 2014

The week’s hottest happenings.

Eric Musgrave

Eric Musgrave

Eric shows off his latest work
Drapers editorial director Eric Musgrave finished his latest book, How To Put On A Fashion Show, just before he returned to the magazine last July. Published by Batsford on August 28, it is the ideal gift for anyone who wants to stage a fashion show. And other people as well.



Left to right, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, with Pentland Brands CEO, Andy Rubin

Left to right, British Prime Minister,
David Cameron, with Pentland Brands CEO,
Andy Rubin

Catching the PM’s eye
We couldn’t help but notice on a recent trip to Pentland Brands’ global HQ in north London, guided by chief executive Andy Rubin, David Cameron paused in front of the photos of the business’s recent triumphs at the Drapers Footwear Awards. Whether it was the awards or their host Caroline Flack that caught the PM’s eye remains uncertain. Cameron was visiting Pentland along with deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and spent the morning meeting staff.

Paige Adams-Geller and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Paige Adams-Geller and
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Double barrels of fun at Paige Denim party
It was one of the hottest nights of the year last Thursday when supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Paige Adams-Geller hosted a party at Selfridges Oxford Street to celebrate the model becoming the new face of the American’s Paige Denim brand. Selfridges cooled down the crowd with copious quantities of champagne while former Miss California Paige and Rosie gamely posed for Drapers.

McElhinneys, 1960s

McElhinneys, 1960s

John the van man’s journey
McElhinneys, the department store that dominates the small town of Ballybofey in County Donegal, is doing very well with its online business. But founder John McElhinney has plenty of experience of home delivery. Here he is (left) in the late 1960s, with his mother looking on, when he started in the business by driving his van around local villages, selling sheets, blankets and cardigans. He opened his first small shop in 1971.


Mansfield puts on a terry good show
Fashion design student Naomi Barling interviewed publishing legend Terry Mansfield at fashion members’ club The Industry’s latest event at the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design. Mansfield, who has spent four decades as a senior executive and a director of Hearst Corporation on both sides of the Atlantic, told the audience he had ambitions to be a journalist but realised he was better at spotting talent. When he approached Rosie Boycott to edit Esquire, he apparently kicked off the conversation with: “Rosie, you know a lot about men don’t you?”

Prince Charles and Karen Boyd

Prince Charles and Karen Boyd

Prince Charles’ lace and favour
Prince Charles dropped in on Ayrshire mill Morton Young & Borland Textiles to watch the business manufacture lace for womenswear chain Hobbs. The retailer’s head of design Karen Boyd (left) - who discovered the mill during a holiday last year, talked the prince through the process of developing a collection of limited-edition pieces inspired by the 17th-century wrought-iron Tijou gates at Hampton Court Palace.

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