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Off the record, December 20 2014

Fashion’s finest dig deep for charity.

A military seal of approval

Model David Gandy proved to be as popular with the injured service personnel supported by Emma Willis’s charity Style for Soldiers as he did with the seamstresses at her Gloucester shirt factory. Since 2008, Jermyn Street-based Willis has been making bespoke shirts and accessories for injured troops, such as triple amputee Matt Weston, seen here with Gandy at the charity’s Christmas party at Spencer House, London. Gandy is an ambassador for the charity, which also helps ex-service personnel to find jobs.




Santas’ ready, steady, ho, ho, ho!

More than £7,500 was raised for trade charity Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust by a large number of St Nicks who took part in the annual Santa Run in Victoria Park, Hackney. We are reliably informed that among the FTCT posse were trustees Meg Lustman from Hobbs, who is also chair of FTCT, Karen Millen’s Andy Ware with his dog Charlie, Dave Shepherd of Arcadia, and CVUK’s Vanessa Green.




All vert for a good cause

Jacques Vert Group boss Teresa Tideman (second left) hosted tables at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel for a festive fundraiser in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Actress Emilia Fox (second right), wearing a Lorcan Mullany for JVG dress, selected a stocking of goodies that raised £15,000 in the auction. Designers Mullany, Dame Zandra Rhodes and David Sassoon also attended.




Gloverall grins and bears it

Paddington Bear is a famous duffle coat fan, so it’s right that coat label Gloverall lent its support to The Paddington Trail auction at Christie’s, which raised money for the NSPCC. Sales and marketing director Mark Smith met his furry friend while modelling this one-off Sherlock duffle, later auctioned alongside a bear statue.




Direct from Hollywood

Guests and suppliers turned out in force for Shop Direct’s biannual charity ball on December 5. The Hollywood-themed bash, hosted by presenter Myleene Klass (far right), raised £140,000 for four charities, with guests taking part in an auction and playing games such as ‘heads or tails’ to win prizes. As you can see, group chief executive Alex Baldock didn’t let the side down.




Charlie Allen is on the ball

Charlie Allen combined football and fashion at a party celebrating his 30 years in tailoring. Staged at his Islington atelier, it marked the unveiling of an exhibition on Allen from his business’s launch in 1984 to becoming head of menswear at Royal College of Art in 1992 and creating Arsenal’s match day uniforms in 2011. The party also saw the debut of Charlie Allen Sport, a sports tailoring range. Pictured is master cutter ‘Mr Moto’, and designer Katharine Hamnett with Allen.




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