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Off the record, March 21 2015

Weavers, warehouses and women’s day.

Weaving’s winning women

Women made a clean sweep of prizes at this year’s Weavers Textile Awards, organised by The Worshipful Company of Weavers, to celebrate young talent. Rosie Green of Central Saint Martins (far right) took the Weavers’ Stuart Hollander Award, while Weavers’ Scholarship Awards went to (from left) Chloé Frost (Royal College of Art), Kelly Salter (Loughborough), Nicola Costello (Huddersfield), Ruth Taylor (Heriot-Watt), Chelsea Egan-Clews (Derby) and Andrea Linton (Central Saint Martins). Marks & Spencer chief Marc Bolland made the presentations. Burberry boss Christopher Bailey won the Weavers’ Silver Medal for his contribution to fashion.


Joseph toasts Thom Browne

Premium retailer Joseph held a champagne reception last week at its Fulham Road branch to celebrate the launch of New York designer Thom Browne’s spring 15 collection in store, alongside his accompanying storybook. The designer (on right, with Drapers’ Graeme Moran) happily signed copies of the book, which is filled with sketches of the latest collection.


Clydeside memories

The vast extent of the Victorian drapery trade in Glasgow is revealed in this fascinating map of the city that appeared in Warehouseman & Draper on September 24, 1898. More than 120 warehouses and drapery shops were located on streets now better known for their fashion stores. Our thanks to Gordon MacPherson, operations director of consultancy The Retailer Group, for sending this to us.


Blue Steel at the Valentino show

The most Instagrammed moment of the autumn 15 womenswear catwalk shows occurred on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week during the Valentino show. Fashion icons Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald (otherwise known as actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) strode down the runway during the Italian fashion house’s show, reportedly filming scenes for the sequel, Zoolander 2. Turn to page 20 for our full Paris report.


Klum grabs for garters

Yummy mummy Heidi Klum spent the Mother’s Day weekend showing off her arcade skills during the UK launch of her first lingerie collection for Selfridges. The Project Runway host, designer and supermodel signed packs of Heidi Klum Intimates and posed for selfies with shoppers, who could also play the grab machine to win a present. The collection retails from £19 for a lace garter to £120 for a lace chemise.



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