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Off the record - May 2, 2015

Caped crusaders and some welcome bursts of sunshine


Superheroes need your super support

Get ready to be generous. Editorial director Eric Musgrave and four colleagues from Drapers’ special events team will be dressed as superheroes on Sunday May 17 as they circuit Regent’s Park, London, on a 10k run for trade charity Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust. Seen left to right are Hannah Burnel, Lizzie Fuller, Victoria Hart and Rosie Birchenough, who look certain to leave the venerable editor in their athletic slipstreams.

Says Musgrave: “As a trustee of FTCT, I thought I should do more than just encourage other people to raise money. I thought the run was for 5k, but my four keen colleagues doubled the distance for a bit of fun. As this will happen six days before a landmark birthday for me – I am not 50 and I am not 70 – so this may well be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sponsor me for a brilliant cause. Please donate whatever you can.”

The five’s collective target is to raise £5,000. Donations can be made via or cheques made out to FTCT can be sent to Musgrave at Drapers.

Dege and Skinner

Dege & Skinner

A stitch in time

Dege & Skinner, one of the largest Savile Row bespoke tailors, popped the champagne last week to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Here chairman Michael Skinner and his son and managing director William are surrounded by their well-dressed team. Congratulations!

FF catwalk show

F&F catwalk show

A fancy turn at F&F

Things took a glamorous turn last week as Tesco’s clothing arm F&F hosted a swanky breakfast at London’s Savoy hotel to reveal its upcoming autumn 15 collection. Chart-topping singer Paloma Faith kicked off proceedings with some of her greatest hits, followed by a procession of models showing off the retailer’s 1970s-inspired range.

Oasis design director Clive Reeve and product director Sarah Welsh

Oasis design director Clive Reeve and product director Sarah Welsh

Blooming marvellous

The great thing about pairing up with the V&A for a collection is you get to use the museum for a party. Oasis made full use of the opportunity last week, throwing a glittering bash to celebrate its capsule collection of dresses, kimonos and co-ordinated separates, featuring botanical prints from the V&A archives, which land in stores and online in May.

Melissa Odabash for JD Williams

Melissa Odabash for JD Williams

Sunshine on a rainy day

US designer Melissa Odabash brought some sunshine to London for the launch of her swimwear collection for JD Williams. The selection of bikinis, tankinis, swimsuits and cover-ups feature figure-flattering ruched detailing, fixed foam cups and soft fabrics in sizes 12 to 32. Prices start at £22.

Natural Shoe Store

The Natural Shoe Store

Unwelcome guests

Following The Natural Shoe Store’s recent relocation in Covent Garden, the footwear retailer’s former shop at 13 Neal Street has been overtaken by squatters and activists. The landlords have reportedly filed a court order to move the unwelcome guests on, but Drapers understands this will take four weeks to come into play.

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