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Off The Record: May 23, 2015

River Island hit the roof in London while Replay headed to the beach in Greece

The River Island press team

The River Island press team

River raises the roof

To celebrate its final collaborative collection with Ibiza nightclub Pacha, River Island threw a ‘closing party’ last week on the roof terrace at Madison restaurant in London. The retailer’s press team were working hard but also playing hard as the sun set over St Paul’s Cathedral and the City.

From left to right: Sharon MacLaren, Jonathan Hall, founder of Cranberry Panda and Helen Colclough

From left: Sharon MacLaren, Jonathan Hall and Helen Colclough

Panda-powered party

Ecommerce recruiter Cranberry Panda brought digital’s big-hitters together for a networking party at Dirty Martini on London’s Liverpool Street. Enjoying a drink were Sharon MacLaren, merchandising director at Agent Provocateur, Jonathan Hall, founder of Cranberry Panda and Helen Colclough, River Island ecommerce development manager.

From left to right: Former House of Fraser chief executive John King, Drapers’ editorial director Eric Musgrave, Mothercare chief executive Mark Newton-Jones, Panache global sales director Denise Shepherd and its managing director John Power.

From left: John King, Eric Musgrave, Mark Newton-Jones, Denise Shepherd and John Power

Supportive front for women

Retailers were out in force to celebrate the launch of Panache’s digital campaign, which features inspirational women including British Paralympic wheelchair racer Hannah Cockcroft and a nurse who worked in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. Drinks were followed by a panel discussion with some of the women and a screening of new film Far from the Madding Crowd. Among the guests were former House of Fraser chief executive John King, Drapers’ Eric Musgrave and Mothercare chief executive Mark Newton-Jones, who were welcomed by Panache’s global sales director Denise Shepherd and managing director John Power.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio

Action Replay on the beach

Models Alessandra Ambrosio, Bar Refaeli, Sara Sampaio and Bregje Heinen took to the catwalk at Nammos Beach Club in Mykonos to showcase Replay’s spring 16 collection to more than 700 guests. The denim brand’s chief executive Matteo Sinigaglia hosted an after party with a dress code reflecting Replay’s new season theme, Destroyed Denim.

Christopher Raeburn and Holly Fulton

Christopher Raeburn and Holly Fulton

Global achievements

Last week Drapers attended the WGSN Global Fashion Awards at London’s Park Lane Hotel, with the team from Avery Dennison Retail and Branding Solutions and London Fashion Week designers Christopher Raeburn and Holly Fulton. Presented by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, big winners on the night included Primark for Best Digital Innovation, Farfetch for best E-Store (pure-play) and a Hall of Fame Icon honour for model Twiggy.

Anne Furbank with husband Richard

Anne Furbank with husband Richard

Six days, six marathons

Anne Furbank left the shop floor of her womenswear store in Buckden, Cambridgeshire, to cover six marathons in six consecutive days on canal towpaths between London and Oxford. Even for a keen runner like Annie, 156 miles in such a short time is amazing and we can only look on in awe. Husband Richard acted as a one-man support team. Medical Detection Dogs, a charity which helps in the early detection of breast cancer, is the beneficiary of her fundraising, which has topped £12,500. To donate, go to bit.ly/1Ee0QcH

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