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Off the record: August 5, 2015

Foxes, penguins and unseen footage of Lee McQueen’s creations


Happy 60th to Original Penguin

Menswear label Original Penguin threw a totally tropical summer party to celebrate its 60th anniversary in London’s Shoreditch last week. Drapers’ Graeme Moran and Eric Musgrave joined the brand’s head of European marketing Louise Hughes and head of marketing special projects Vivienne Davis for a dance and a cocktail at the beach-themed event.


JW Anderson takes a Diet Coke break

A smattering of models, bloggers and reality TV stars swapped fizzy pop for champagne last week at the unveiling of Diet Coke’s latest designer collaboration with JW Anderson. Following in the footsteps of Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, Irish designer Jonathan Anderson redesigned the famous bottle with a red, white and blue pattern.


Spotted: Foxes in east London

Foxes can have a hard time in the capital, but H&M gave the English singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner a warm welcome at the launch of its Divided pop-up store in Shoreditch. Drapers kept it cool with champagne ice lollies while browsing the autumn 15 collection.


To Lee with love

Photographer Nick Knight and his fashion film company ShowStudio have released a video of previously unseen footage from his past collaborations with the late designer Alexander McQueen. The film includes footage shot in 2010 for the tribute film, To Lee, With Love, Nick, and features some of McQueen’s most acclaimed designs, selected by the brand’s creative director Sarah Burton and set in motion. The V&A museum’s Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty closed on Sunday.


Tartan army heads for Hong Kong

Nicola Sturgeon used her trade visit in China last week to turn the spotlight on Scottish fashion design. Wearing a dress by Scottish designer Holly Fulton, the Scottish first minister announced that designers and textiles companies from north of the border will have the chance to showcase their creations in Hong Kong in March 2016 as part of international exhibition Scotland Re:Designed. Applications open in September.

PPS fashion collection

Just the ticket

British Paralympic wheelchair racer Anna Wafula Strike is fronting a new fashion campaign to raise awareness of polio and post-polio syndrome. The collection was created by designer Aleah Leigh, an ambassador of the British Polio Fellowship, and is based on a dress she made last year out of 3,500 train tickets, which fully incorporated a wheelchair. Wafula-Strike is pictured in the dress here with Ted Hill, chief executive of the BPF.

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