Flip-flop label Ipanema threw a Brazilian carnival, and womenswear brand Closet London hit the roof.
Closet on the rooftop
We loved the summery dress worn by Wendy Wilson (second right), the design director for short order womenswear brand Closet London, at a party to mark its rebranding, in which London has been added to Closet to reflect its origins. The party was aptly held on the roof of the National Theatre overlooking the Thames. Closet London co-director Sajjad Baig is also pictured with Drapers’ Rebecca Soni, Stephanie Geisler and Kirsty McGregor.
Wearing well in Wakefield
Still going strong after 75 years, The Wakefield Shirt Company, producer of Double Two shirts and blouses, is in celebratory mood. The legendary shirt man Isaac Donner set up the factory in West Yorkshire on June 4, 1940 and the business is now run by his son Ricky and grandson John. Long and happy memories will be exchanged at Doncaster Races on July 3 when the anniversary is marked. The ads here date back to 1949.
Rayne’s prestigious footprints
A new exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the illustrious history of British women’s footwear label Rayne. It will showcase designs owned by the royal family (Queen Elizabeth wore Rayne at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947), as well as those worn by glamorous actresses such as Brigitte Bardot, Vivien Leigh and Marlene Dietrich. A selection of new styles, created by current designer Laurence Dacade, will also be on show. The exhibition runs until August 30, 2015.
Samba time with Ipanema
Flip-flop brand Ipanema kicked off the summer season with a party at the Century Club in London’s West End. The firm’s Brazilian roots were celebrated with cocktails, canapés and samba dancers while marketing manager Mason Young, brand ambassador and TV presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford and Drapers account manager Violet Kazandzhieva enjoyed the festivities.
Sue Shepherd, manager of the London Designer Outlet in Wembley, is a fan of Watford Football Club, which has just been promoted to the Prem, so she had plenty to smile about even before Arsenal’s 4-0 stroll v Villa last Saturday. With James Saunders, chief operating officer of centre developer Quintain (left), she entertained football experts, including Stuart Trevor of Bolongaro Trevor and Drapers’ Eric Musgrave. Happily, there were no Villa fans at the party.