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Off the record, May 17 2014

The week’s social diversions.

Fashion’s political graduates

Collections from this year’s crop of talented graduates

Collections from this year’s crop of talented graduates

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) joined forces with Damian Collins MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fashion and Textiles, to stage a catwalk show within the Houses of Parliament. The event promoted this year’s Graduate Fashion Week on May 31 to June 3, providing an exclusive preview of some of the best collections from this year’s crop of talented graduates from colleges including Norwich, Bath Spa and Istituto Marangoni.

 

In black tie at The Bowes Museum

Joanna Hashagen and Xinhai Lu

Joanna Hashagen and Xinhai Lu

Fine tailoring was on display at The Bowes Museum at Castle Barnard, County Durham, when a dinner was held to celebrate the exhibition of work by Savile Row institution Henry Poole. Joanna Hashagen, the museum’s curator of costume, and Poole chairman Angus Cundey put together the display of fine tailoring skills. Here Hashagen is seen with the longest-travelled guest, Xinhai Lu, Henry Poole’s partner in China.

Amazon tribe’s day at the beach

Kaiser Chiefs play Amazon Secret Show

Source: Mike Burnell

Kaiser Chiefs play Amazon Secret Show

Amazon hosted a secret gig with the Kaiser Chiefs to kick off this year’s Great Escape festival at Brighton’s tiny Concorde 2 venue. Amazon’s fashion team were on the tour bus, chatting to Drapers over a post-gig barbecue by the seafront, complete with prerequisite windy weather and unruly seagulls.

Model soldiers

Style for Soldiers charity event

Style for Soldiers charity event

For her latest Style for Soldiers charity event, Jermyn Street shirtmaker Emma Willis hosted a musical evening at The Ritz with entertainment provided by young musicians from Eton College. Style for Soldiers provides bespoke shirts and walking sticks to young injured servicemen and women, such as Sapper Matt Weston, who is in the foreground here with Emma (centre) and her shop staff Alexandra Barker, Jade Richards and Lottie Smith Bingham, and Lieutenant Alex Horsfall, another recipient, and personal recovery officer Kevin Long. To donate, visit styleforsoldiers.com

Fun is in the jeans for denim devotees

Sara Simmonds, pictured with River Island men’s denim buyer Tom Thurlow and men’s denim designer Matt Brown.

Sara Simmonds, pictured with River Island men’s denim buyer Tom Thurlow and men’s denim designer Matt Brown.

Amsterdam was feeling blue last week, thanks to its celebration of all things denim, Amsterdam King Pins, held at Westergasfabriek. The new event saw denim aficionados visit the show, which was supported by exhibitions, workshops and a range of denim-based events around the city, from store visits to seminars. Look out in next week’s issue for our coverage from denim consultant Sara Simmonds, pictured with River Island men’s denim buyer Tom Thurlow and men’s denim designer Matt Brown.

Brighton rock with Collectif

(from second left) Collectif’s Francesca Turner, Luca Coltello, Jessica Lornie and Eloise Curtis, with burlesque performer Yaz Mackney (left) and hair and make-up artist Katie Pedlow

(from second left) Collectif’s Francesca Turner, Luca Coltello, Jessica Lornie and Eloise Curtis, with burlesque performer Yaz Mackney (left) and hair and make-up artist Katie Pedlow

Vintage-inspired, rockabilly-loving retailer Collectif, which has four London stores, celebrated opening its first store outside the capital, on Brighton’s Bond Street. Guests at the store were treated to circus performances and a burlesque act. Pictured are (from second left) Collectif’s Francesca Turner, Luca Coltello, Jessica Lornie and Eloise Curtis, with burlesque performer Yaz Mackney (left) and hair and make-up artist Katie Pedlow.

 

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