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Off the record, June 28 2014

The week’s hottest happenings.

Lights, camera, Ashton…

little mistress

little mistress

On the evening of the airing of its debut TV advert, Drapers’ Young Fashion Brand of the Year Little Mistress threw a party at Motel Studios in Shoreditch to screen its creation. Key stockists partied with managing director Mark Ashton (centre) as DJ Fin Munro, son of designer Sadie Frost, hit the decks.

 


Selfridges

Selfridges

Raising the roof at Selfridges

Selfridges toasted the final day of London Collections: Men with a party hosted in collaboration with menswear brand Sibling. The Sibling design trio welcomed guests to the rooftop of the store for cocktails and canapés, including (above, from left) Selfridges’ Terry Betts, Sebastian Manes and Eleanor Robinson, and (inset) The British Fashion Council’s Caroline Rush, who all kept the dancing going well into the night.

Anyone for tennis?

uniqlo tennis

uniqlo tennis

As the world focuses on Wimbledon, Uniqlo has announced it is the new sponsor for the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s wheelchair tennis tournaments. For the next three years, it will back the Wheelchair Tennis Tour and Wheelchair Doubles Masters, as well the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters. From left are ITF vice-president Juan Margets, Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori, Uniqlo global chief marketing officer Jörgen Andersson,
ITF wheelchair champion Shingo Kunieda and former Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.

Marc Newson

Marc Newson

G-Star’s design guru sits it out


Aussie designer Marc Newson was much in demand for interviews at a party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his collaboration with G-Star - and he looked pretty worn out by the questioning. Thankfully, all Drapers required from him at The Design Museum in London was a pic of him sitting on a chair of his own creation in front of posters showing his latest and previous collections for the Dutch denim label.

Doing it for the boys

One For The Boys fashion ball

One For The Boys fashion ball

Samuel L Jackson and Colin Firth (pictured with event founder Sofia Davies), David Walliams, Simon Pegg, David Gandy, Bear Grylls and Amanda Holden (left) took to the catwalk for the inaugural One For The Boys fashion ball at London’s Natural History Museum. The event, which kicked off London Collections: Men, raised awareness and funds to educate men about cancer. The line-up sported looks from Alexander McQueen, Dunhill and Richard James.



What a Pitti bunch

Pitti

Battling the Florentine heat is hungry work, so the Drapers Pitti team headed out for a much-needed Italian dinner with the delegation from UK distributor Zone Two, as well as Guy Hudson and Michael Turnbull from Lynx Menswear in Harrogate. In typical Pitti style, three courses later the night ended at Gilli bar, where several dinner companions found themselves regretting a second round of grappa.

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