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Off the record, January 10 2015

Celebrations, Sales and seeing red.

Sale in style

Queuers who braved the cold were treated to complimentary mince pies, blankets and even a string quartet at the Harrods Boxing Day Sale. Visitors to the red-carpet entrance on Hans Crescent also watched show-stopping dancers before heading inside the Knightsbridge department store at 10am to snap up bargains. Organisers working on behalf of the business’s Qatari royal family owners also used the event to debut the new Harrods Green Juice drink, which launched in the food halls later that morning.


Rudolf the red-haired reindeer

UK shirt designer Mark Westwood took his latest creation - a ginger reindeer taxi - on a tour of London’s West End as part of his ‘Ginger is the new black’ campaign. The designer, who is working on an exclusive collection for kids and teen fashion retailer Base, wanted to highlight ginger men ‘beyond Mick Hucknall’. His new redhead-inspired prints will be in Base stores from February.


Saluting the catwalk king

Drapers veterans toasted Chris Moore, the doyen of catwalk photographers, at Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium in London in December after the genial Geordie rightly received a British Fashion Council lifetime achievement award. His service still supplies our runway images - and he began working with us in the 1960s, making stalwarts Elaine Deed (1978-85), Sally Bain (1977-92) and Eric Musgrave (1980 to now, on and off!) look like newbies.



Designer goes from Big Brother to big winner

Liverpool-born designer Sissy Rooney may have missed out on winning Big Brother in 2003, but the Street Style Surgery founder bagged Sole Trader of the Year at the 2014 Enterprise Vision Awards. Founded in 2008, the Wigan firm offers workshops such as T-shirt spray painting to schools and youth groups. Rooney was also a finalist in the Inspirational Woman of the Year category at the event at Blackpool Winter Gardens.


Tinie Tempah’s need for tweed

Tinie Tempah’s own style of tweed is set to make its debut at London Collections: Men this week. The chart-topper has produced a three-piece bespoke suit in a new ‘London Tweed’ fabric, which is the first of its kind, in partnership with designer Patrick Grant of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and the Museum of London. The cloth has an urban grey with a blue and gold colour scheme inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Tempah, who is an ambassador for the London fashion event, will wear the horseshoe waistcoat, tapered trousers and slim-fit single-breasted jacket to various shows this weekend.




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