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Off the record: July 11

This week’s hottest happenings.

So, Rick, tell me again how you did it…

A rhapsody in blue was the uniform when CEO Marc Bolland met up with his legendary predecessor, Sir Richard Greenbury, at the Marks & Spencer Summer Soirée drinks party. Big Rick left M&S in 1999 after 46 years, including three as chief exec and eight as executive chairman. He famously steered Marks to break the £1bn profit barrier in 1997. We wonder what advice he had for Bolland, who five years ago took over from Sir Stuart Rose at M&S, which now has profits of about £600m.

Batting for a good cause  

Drapers joined US casualwear brand Dockers at the Flannels for Heroes charity cricket match at Burton Court in Chelsea, where guests were treated to a live band, BBQ and raffle draw with all proceeds from the day going towards charities Walking with the Wounded and Combat Stress. Donning their whites for the occasion was Doug Conklyn, senior vice-president of global design for Dockers alongside celebrity appearances from Joe Sims (pictured) of ITV’s Broadchurch fame and Ben Elliot, nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall .

Serenading in style 

More than just a catwalk show, lingerie group Wacoal Europe’s spring 16 event at the Tobacco Theater in Amsterdam included ribbon acrobatics, a saxophone player and an appearance from The Voice of Holland contestant David Dam. Hosted by Wacoal Europe’s new general manager EMEA Hans Hornemann (pictured with Drapers Keely Stocker) the event showcased the latest collections from the portfolio of Wacoal Europe brands.

Magic formula

Retail veteran Harold Tillman (left) organised a Rock ‘n’ Race day for children’s charity Variety at the practice day for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last week. Guests sipped cold beers in the sunshine while renowned magician Dynamo (right) drew almost as big a crowd as Lewis Hamilton with his mind-blowing card tricks.

Fore! The greater good

Menswear retailer and brand Luke 1977 got a hole in one this week at the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament at Pestana Vila Sol in Portugal’s Vilamoura. Football legend Alan Shearer (left), Luke 1977 managing director Simon Poole (second left), Luke 1977 founder and designer Luke Roper (second right) and resident golf pro at Vila Sol Richard Hudson (right) worked and played hard in the sunshine to raise money for cancer research.

The show must go on

Maryam Hamizadeh, commercial director at Haymarket Exhibitions (left) and Nicola Darling, show manager for The Clothes Show (right) celebrated the relaunch of The Clothes Show Live last week at Homehouse in London’s west end. Urban Voices Collective and DJ Harley Moon Kemp kept guests entertained as the crowd geared up for the revamp of its long-established format, which will take place from December 4-8 at the NEC in Birmingham.

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