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Off the record, August 30 2014

The week’s hottest happenings.

IMC Buying Group

IMC Buying Group

IMC buyers behaving badly

Fashion Association of Britain retailers from the IMC Buying Group enjoyed some well-deserved drinks at the IMC awards and dinner at Whittlebury Hall in Northants, following a day of intensive buying from their 50 preferred suppliers. Well-dressed maybe, but Drapers understands it resembled a scene from Men Behaving Badly.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Buckets of fun as Drapers gets a soaking

Moss Bros nominated Drapers and TM Lewin to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise cash for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Bravely bowing to the inevitable were Drapers’ Katie Marcel, James Knowles and Lucy Trevor. Drapers has nominated Shop Direct, Oasis and Karen Millen. Enjoy your cold showers!

IMC, Mike Spriggs

IMC, Mike Spriggs

Bottoms up to cheeky winners

The tongue-in-cheek IMC Awards took place after the buying group’s menswear show. Highlights from our favourite categories include Untidiest Buyer, which went to Richard Major of Major’s in Shrewsbury; Most Stressed Sales Person, awarded to Mike Spriggs of Brühl (above); The Truly Independent Retailer (assuming a Scottish ‘yes’ vote), which went to Grant Mitchell of Cooper & McKenzie in Dundee and Most Sexy Bottom, won by John Engel of Sunwill trousers. We may well add this category to this year’s Drapers Awards.

Millie Macintosh

Millie Macintosh

Do you like yours big or small?

Cath Kidston launched its new tote bag range with a celeb-based social media campaign, asking famous faces such as actress Anna Friel and reality TV star Millie Macintosh (left) if they preferred theirs big or small. We like ours #totesbig.

 

 


Nicole Farhi

Nicole Farhi

Farhi shows she has a head for art

Former fashion designer Nicole Farhi will unveil her debut sculpture exhibition next month at London’s Bowman Sculpture gallery (September 16 to October 3). It will be her first show since she gave up fashion to focus full time on art and will feature 12 busts of famous names, including US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Yoga

Lululemon Athletica Yoga

Lululemon’s candle-lit tribute to guru

Activewear brand Lululemon Athletica hosted a special sunset session of outdoor yoga at the Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Hyde Park this week. Almost 300 yogis set up their mats following a candle-lighting ceremony in remembrance of BKS Iyengar - the man who introduced yoga to the West - who had died earlier that day.

 


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