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Off the record, February 28 2015

Beards on the frow and cereal thrillers.

Beauties and The Beard

Sir PG, who was sporting a slightly aristocratic beard, watched Topshop Unique’s London Fashion Week show on Sunday with a bevy of beauties (Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn). We’re undecided as to whether the retail mogul should be delighted or worried that the front row generated more attention than the offering on the catwalk…

Dr Martens’ Adventure cereal

Shoe fans headed to the Cereal Killer cafe on London’s Brick Lane for the launch of Dr Martens’ link-up with US cartoon Adventure Time. For the uninitiated, Adventure Time is based on the escapades of a boy called Finn and his dog Jake in the Land of Ooo. Don’t worry, Drapers hadn’t heard of it either. Finn and Jake star on three limited-edition designs (1,460 pairs of each, kids’ styles £50 to £70, adults £110 to £130), on sale from March 3.

Shoe design prodigy is waiting in the wings

Move over Christian Louboutin, eight-year-old Abigail Wilkins is hot on your heels. The pupil at Pallister Park School in Middlesbrough wowed judges of the Win Shoes For Your Class competition organised by footwear chain Charles Clinkard with a creative and colourful 3D design. Her winning bright red shoe, complete with wings, landed her 55 classmates a free pair of Clarks shoes each. The competition was launched last year to mark the 90th anniversary of Charles Clinkard, which opened in Middlesbrough in 1924.

London fashion Week remembers Louise Wilson

A packed St Paul’s Cathedral kicked off the capital’s fashion week with a memorial for the Central Saint Martins professor Louise Wilson, who died of cancer last May aged 52. Guests included her high-flying alumni as well as the great and good of the fashion industry. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz gave an emotional speech to guests including Céline’s Phoebe Philo, Donna Karan, Victoria Beckham and Kanye West.

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