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Off the record, August 9 2014

The week’s hottest happenings.

Sky News promotes Karren Brady

She has been on the boards of Arcadia and Mothercare, but we can’t remember Lord Sugar’s sidekick Karren Brady ever being “boss of M&S”, as Sky News was apparently telling viewers last Saturday. Being vice-chairman of West Ham United surely gives her problems enough without dumping Marks in her in-tray as well…

 

Karren Brady

Karren Brady

Roof with a view is suited for larks

Drapers took in the views from the rooftop garden at John Lewis Oxford Street for the launch of its eponymous heritage suiting line, John Lewis & Co. The models larked about the terrace sporting the new garb while formalwear buyer Tom Saunders (second from right) chased after them explaining the design details to us.


John Lewis

John Lewis

Keeping an eye on Dior

Passers-by in New Bond Street could be mistaken for thinking the large new Dior store is finished. In fact the trompe l’oeil hoarding hides the work, all under the watchful eye of Christian Dior himself, who died in 1957. Worryingly, this likeness reminds us ever so slightly of President Vladimir Putin…


Dior

Dior

Jackets not required

The second day of Jacket Required got off to a bit of a slow start. Was it the extreme heat in the Old Truman Brewery or was it the hangovers from the night before? Fortunately the show’s savvy organisers had prepared for every outcome, handing out Jacket Required branded hand-held fans and hangover drops. Drapers can vouch for the fact that both were indeed required.


Jacket Required

Jacket Required

Black to the future

Last year fast-fashion supplier Little Mistress achieved a remarkable double by being named young fashion brand of the year in both the Drapers Independents Awards and the Drapers Awards. It picked up green trophies but they were not on show at its stand at Pure. It brought its black award from 2012 because “the green ones didn’t work with the stand colour”, Drapers was told. NB: This year’s awards are neither green nor black. All will be revealed on September 17 for the Indies and November 20 at the Drapers Awards. Contact george.thornton@emap.com to book your seats at either shindig.


Little Mistress, Drapers Awards

Little Mistress, Drapers Awards

Style showcase

Drapers teamed with WGSN and Parsons The New School for Design to host a Future of Fashion event at London’s Café Royal on Monday. The evening saw the UK launch of The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers, by Simon Collins (second left), dean of the New York school. In the throng were Fenwick Bond Street buying director Adam Kelly (far left), Leo Fenwick, concessions manager at Fenwick Brent Cross (far right) and Pure’s Vicky Ogden. More than £20,000 was raised for The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Charity.


Drapers WGSN event

Drapers WGSN event

 

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