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Off The Record, June 17 2011

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

Running to the shops Bluewater shopping centre in Kent was the destination for thousands of runners this month. They joined Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas (left) and Bluewater’s general manager Andrew Parkinson for
the Gatorade 10km run to raise money for DGSM yourChoice, which supports people with learning disabilities, and the Dartford and Crayford Sea Cadets.

 

Brighton frock As part of Brighton Fashion Week, which took place at the beginning of June, the Brighton Frocks fashion show was designed to showcase the most outlandish creations. Among these was the Secret Apple Yard collection by Charlotte Appleby, which included a futuristic light display (right), and there was even the chance to see what looked like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their underwear (left).

 

Gem of an idea Womenswear indie Black White Denim of Wilmslow, Cheshire, held a customer event with British Fashion Award-winning jewellery designer Husam El Odeh. El Odeh (pictured with Black White Denim founder Jo Davies) created unique pieces for customers.

 

Student party Graduate Fashion Week culminated in a star-studded gala night at London’s Earl’s Court on June 8, where Rory Longdon from Nottingham Trent University was presented with the Gold Award and a £20,000 prize for his winning design. Those attending included (from left) GFW event director June Barker, trustee Adrian Parry-Roberts, Northumbria University’s Chris Hodge and Emma Hill of Mulberry, as well as celebs such as Sophie Ellis-Bextor and designers Jeff Banks and Amanda Wakeley.

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