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Off the record, January 24 2015

The Social Whirl: An empty promise and Vive Yves.

An exhibition that’s all about Yves

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham, has beaten off competition from its big London rivals to stage the first major retrospective of YSL in the UK. Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal will run from July 11 to October 25. As well as giving visitors plenty of beautiful things to look at - such as this short cocktail dress created in tribute to artist Piet Mondrian - the exhibition will highlight the French designer’s vision and influence in womenswear.



Snuggle up to a kuddly Kaiser

Steiff, the celebrated German soft toy manufacturer, was an unexpected exhibitor at Premium in Berlin, drumming up interest in its fashion-related tie-ins with luminaries like Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld. We admired Kaiser Karl’s likeness - he reportedly made the clothes himself - until we learned the price: €1,000 (£770).


Karl the bear

Charity shop is running on empty

Manchester Arndale is hoping the public, retailers and businesses will dig deep to donate clothing to its award-winning The Empty Shop project. The initiative, which runs from January 23 to February 1, invites stylists and fashion bloggers to style the pre-loved clothing during the day before the shop is emptied at night and the garments donated to homeless charity The Mustard Tree. This year’s initiative was opened by Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent.


Manchester Arndale

Manchester Arndale

Bread & butter: Let the people decide

Karl-Heinz Müller took a democratic approach to the future of Bread & Butter with these voting boxes at his compact Back to the Street gathering of 40 or so brands at his offices in Berlin. We await the result with interest…



Website given a crash course in the Kate Middleton effect

The website of women’s and maternity wear label Madderson London crashed last week after the Duchess of Cambridge wore one of its dresses to visit a London primary school. The navy patterned Naomi shift dress, retailing at £450, was worn by Kate during her first royal engagement of 2015 at Barlby Primary School, Ladbroke Grove. The dress is made from a doeskin fabric produced by West Yorkshire woollen textiles mill Hainsworth.



Tommy Hilfiger makes the car the star

In the land that gave us the Ferrari, the Lamborghini and the Fiat 500, Tommy Hilfiger showed them another attitude to automobiles at a party during Pitti Uomo. The cocktail event was held at the US brand’s Piazza Antinori store, where Team Drapers focused on finding the car keys.



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