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Off the record: August 26, 2015

From rocking out on Oxford Street to scoffing hotdogs in Shoreditch

Dr Martens

Stepping out

Dr Martens made its footprint on Oxford Street last week with a private launch of its new store at number 386, one block east of Selfridges. BBC Radio 6Music host Steve Lamacq (centre) gave a talk on the history of the brand, followed by a live acoustic performance from rock band You Me At Six. The entertainment was hosted by Simon Jobson, global marketing director at Dr Martens (left) and Daniel Freeland, UK marketing manager.


Simply the best

Danish brand house Bestseller welcomed suppliers, stockists and Drapers news editor Kirsty McGregor (left) and senior news reporter Jill Geoghegan (right) to its annual summer bash last week. The Bestseller team, including UK and Ireland manager Allan Nielsen and UK marketing manager Claire Tranter, treated guests to cocktails and gourmet hotdogs at its UK HQ in Shoreditch, conveniently near Drapers Towers.

Digital fashion exhibtion

Digital explorations

The influence of digital concepts and tools on fashion is examined in an exhibition and series of workshops at the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion from 11 September to 12 December. Digital Disturbances, edited by Leanne Wierzba, features the work of eight designers, including: ANREALAGE, Bart Hess, Flora Miranda, POSTmatter, Simone C Niquille and Alexander Porter, Tigran Avetisyan and Texturall. On 16 October a forum exploring the now, near and future of fashion technology, which asks “Where are our digital selves heading?”, will launch The Digital Anthropology Lab at LCF. This research studio will bring industry and academia together to develop a new way of making smarter technology.

Where is Wally Karl

Where’s Karl?

Chanel supremo Karl Lagerfeld isn’t known for blending in, but trying to spot him in a sea of fashionistas could help while away the hours in airport terminals when trade fair season starts again. This “fashion-forward parody” was devised by Stacey Caldwell, head of wholesale for US designer Thakoon, and fashion video producer Ajiri A Aki. Illustrated by Michelle Baron, it will be published by Boxtree in October at £9.99.

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