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Off the record, March 7 2015

Cycling in style and an Exclusive night out.

Ringhart’s cycle champ

Ellie Sloane, a student at the Fashion Retail Academy in London, won the £500 prize in the Textile Forum/Ringhart Fabrics Cycle Chic design competition. A panel of industry judges decided her pretty shirt with a peplum best fulfilled the brief to create a shirt that was stylish for the office, yet practical to wear when cycling. She is pictured with Mayur Tejura from shirting firm Ringhart Fabrics, which provided the cotton material. The finalists’ designs were produced by manufacturer Ella London. Sloane’s design was displayed on the Ringhart stand at the Textile Forum show in London this week.


Ringhart's cycle champ

Where is she now?

Idly flicking through the Drapers Record archive for 1993, we were pleased to see that we played our own small role in the ascension of supermodel and all-round nice person Naomi Campbell. Alas casualwear brand Falmer did not do so well - it fell into administration, was acquired by Matalan in 1999 and rebranded as Falmer Heritage.


Naomi Campbell

Triumph of engineering

Lingerie brand Triumph International showed off its 129-year history with a display of items from its hugearchive at the recent Moda trade show. It is hard not to be impressed by the engineering marvel that is the Doreen, the best-selling bra that first appeared 55 yearsago. Back then it made wearers so excited, they had to jump into a pond to cool off, a contemporary ad would suggest.



Lily Allen nose best

TK Maxx aired its first TV ad for the official Red Nose Day fundraising merchandise this week, in which singer Lily Allen can be seen wearing five 2015 Red Nose Day T-shirts designed by Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, Anya Hindmarch, Matthew Williamson and Henry Holland. The men’s and women’s T-shirts are available to buy now for £9.99, with at least £5 going to good causes.


Red nose day

Their Very own party

Stars including Jourdan Dunn, Daisy Lowe and Donna Air flocked to the launch party of Shop Direct’s Very Exclusive at the Watches of Switzerland store on Regent Street. Very Exclusive boss Sarah Curran, Shop Direct’s CEO Alex Baldock and COO Gareth Jones and the British Fashion Council’s Caroline Rush partied away to DJ sets by Becky Tong and Harley Viera Newton, while a mirrored ‘selfie’ room got everyone pouting.


Very Exclusive

A tall story

Design duo Eley Kishimoto have found a larger-than-usual surface for their creations. Husband-and-wife Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto have been hired by property developer Almacantar to be “a creative ambassador” for the revival of Centre Point, the 1960s eyesore/iconic building (delete to taste) at the Tottenham Court Road end of London’s Oxford Street. Eley Kishimoto’s print (seen here on a coat and scarf) will be applied to the 385ft tall façade layer upon layer, while the building is converted into 82 “exclusive” flats due to open in early 2017.


Centre point

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