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Off the record, June 7 2014

The week’s social animals.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Ralph’s fab four

Abbey Road studios, most famous for its Beatles connection, hosted a Ralph Lauren spring 14 catwalk show. The man himself said of his designs: “My collection celebrates a simple purity of clean lines and structure, with a nod to the bold spirit and playfulness of swinging London in the late 1960s.” Groovy…

 

On international duty

Inaugural DHL Exported competition

Inaugural DHL Exported competition

Designers from four countries gathered in London to celebrate their victories at the inaugural DHL Exported competition, set up with marketing agency and fashion weeks’ sponsor IMG Fashion to help businesses break into new international markets.

From left are Jarrad Clark, vice president and global creative director of IMG Fashion, with designers Hakaan Yildirim of Turkey, the US’s Nicholas Kunz, the UK’s Henry Holland, Italy’s Francesca Liberatore, American Christopher Kunz and Joe Lyons, regional sales director for DHL.

Whiteley has its cake and eats it

Whiteley shopping centre in Fareham celebrated its first birthday

Whiteley shopping centre in Fareham celebrated its first birthday

Whiteley shopping centre in Fareham celebrated its first birthday in style with a giant cake cut by centre manager Neil Carter.

The Hampshire mall has welcomed 4.7 million shoppers since opening in May 2013. It recently started work on an £18m leisure extension, which will be completed next summer.

Store launch is lacoste effective

Philippe Phi (left) and UK chief executive Joaquim Pedro Fidalgo Álvaro Pássaro

Philippe Phi (left) and UK chief executive Joaquim Pedro Fidalgo Álvaro Pássaro

Lacoste celebrated the refit of its Regent Street store last week at an in-store party, with its architect Philippe Phi (left) and UK chief executive Joaquim Pedro Fidalgo Álvaro Pássaro in attendance. A classical quartet kicked off the evening, playing among stacks of the brand’s famous polo shirts, before a DJ got the crowd moving.

Made in Chelsea’s Binky Felstead

Made in Chelsea’s Binky Felstead

Spreading the word

Boohoo.com and Style for Stroke have created a T-shirt range, called Famous Last Words, to raise awareness of the charity. It features slogans that people would like to be remembered for, with designs created by celebs including Kelly Osbourne, Mel B and Made in Chelsea’s Binky Felstead. They are available at Boohoo.com.

 

A visit to the Dock

Nick Keyte, Lorna Fitzsimons and Damian Collins

Nick Keyte, Lorna Fitzsimons and Damian Collins

Fashion’s finest gathered at London’s Tobacco Dock to celebrate the NatWest UK Fashion & Textile Awards 2014. A catwalk of scantily clad male models opened the night, which ended with a heartfelt speech from Outstanding Achievement Award winner Dame Margaret Barbour. Pictured from left are Nick Keyte, John Lewis head of menswear, Lorna Fitzsimons of The Alliance Project, and Damian Collins, Tory MP for Folkestone and Hythe and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fashion and Textiles.

 

 

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