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Off the record, March 22 2014

This week’s hottest happenings.

Triumphant Women in the Making

Thea Green, Lizzie McQuade, Georgina Coulter, Sophia Webster and Roksanda Ilincic

Thea Green, Lizzie McQuade, Georgina Coulter, Sophia Webster and Roksanda Ilincic

Last week saw the launch of lingerie brand Triumph’s Women in Making 2014, a £10,000 bursary to help females working in creative industries. Aspiring businesswomen quizzed the panel of makers, which included (from left) Nails Inc founder Thea Green, last year’s winner, milliner Lizzie McQuade, Fenwick buying manager Georgina Coulter and designers Sophia Webster and Roksanda Ilincic. To apply, go to campaign.triumph.com/uk/

Judges hold court at UKFT Awards

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) recruited an esteemed panel of industry insiders to begin judging the annual NatWest UK Fashion & Textile Awards. Drapers’ own Graeme Moran (centre) joined (from left) Stylist’s Alexandra Fullerton, The Sunday Times Style’s Laura Weir, Woolmark’s Peter Ackroyd, head judge Hilary Alexander, Royal Bank of Scotland’s Heather Melville and blogger Sasha Wilkins of Liberty London Girl. The shortlist will be announced shortly.

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) recruited an esteemed panel of industry insiders

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) recruited an esteemed panel of industry insiders

Keely Stocker with Shop Direct’s Sarah Curran

Keely Stocker with Shop Direct’s Sarah Curran

Big night out for retail kingpins

Drapers’ Keely Stocker and James Knowles posed with Shop Direct’s Sarah Curran and ex-Shop Direct group product director Karl Doyle at the 2014 Oracle Retail Week Awards, where John Lewis won two gongs and Asos three.

Asos founder Nick Robertson was named Retail Leader of the Year and Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Retail.

James Knowles and ex-Shop Direct group product director Karl Doyle

James Knowles and ex-Shop Direct group product director Karl Doyle

Karl Lagerfeld

Source: Dave Benett

Karl Lagerfeld

A right royal affair with Kaiser Karl and a princess

Karl Lagerfeld opened its largest European flagship store on London’s Regent Street, with the designer himself making a rare appearance at the launch event. A fleet of Lagerfeld-branded taxis dropped off guests at the cocktail party, where pop star Pixie Lott, rock band Haim and models Amber Le Bon and Arizona Muse quaffed with Princess Beatrice.

 

Lifting a Vale on 1980s history

Steve Vale

Steve Vale

Our congratulations go to menswear veteran Steve Vale, who celebrates a landmark birthday this month (clue: he’s older than 40 and younger than 60). Best known for his 17 years with retailer Quest in Liverpool, he has also worked for Henleys and is now a retail manager with Hugo Boss in Liverpool. Back in the 1980s he was with Reiss in London and appeared in a feature in For Him Magazine (now FHM) with comedian Roland Rivron. This archive pic (Steve’s on the right)is proof it happened.

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