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Off the record, February 3 2012

Drapers gets the lowdown on the latest gossip and reports back from the hottest parties and events.

Whistles hits a high note At ecommerce provider Snow Valley’s Golden Chariot 2012 awards at London’s Somerset House, winners included womenswear chain Whistles for Best Customer Service. Pictured (from left) are Amethyst Group’s Peter Hughes (left) with Sophie Glover and Eve Dyer from Whistles’ winning team.

Karl goes pop To celebrate the launch of designer Karl Lagerfeld’s collection, Karl, for Net-a-Porter, five pop-up window shops were unveiled, in Paris, New York, London, Berlin and Sydney. The crowds were out in Covent Garden to watch models, sporting Lagerfeld’s trademark sunglasses, showcase the collection.

Tailor-made celebs Guests at a star-studded launch party for tailor Gresham Blake’s new store on Commercial Road, Shoreditch, included fans of the brand (from left) actor Ray Winstone, comedian Steve Coogan and actor Luke Evans.

Bagging a designer Designer Mary Katrantzou has teamed up with Longchamp to release her own range of bags.Katrantzou (right) joined the luxury French accessories brand’s artistic director Sophie Delafontaine at a press event in Paris to celebrate.

Cheque out Robinsons Designer indie Robinsons of Bawtry raised £14,280 for Yorkshire Cancer Research with a fashion show at its South Yorkshire store. Pictured (from left) at the official cheque presentation were Robinsons’ Lauren Glass, PhD student James Hackland, who is being funded for a year by money raised from the fashion show, John Wakefield, a volunteer on the charity’s Thorne committee, and Robinsons owner Wendy Jones.


Which polished female luxury womenswear brand chief likes to spend her free time playing darts and has installed a board at home so she can practice?

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