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Off the record, November 11 2011

Drapers gets the lowdown on the latest gossip and reports back from the hottest parties and events.

Hot steppers Industry charity Footwear Friends celebrated its 175th anniversary at its annual awards last week. Victoria Spruce (left) won The Meltzer Travel Award and Rose Choules (centre) won the Designer prize. They were joined by guest Heidi Lee Whent.

Brazilian explorers Last week Drapers attended trade show Minas Trend Preview in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, courtesy of trade organisation Texbrasil. Buyers from as far afield as France, Italy, South Africa and Qatar enjoyed a live samba night, where guests included (from left) Drapers’ Marie Davies, Galeries Lafayette’s Catherine Bremond, Randi Gollin from Apparel Insiders and WGSN’s Ima Campbell, After the trade show, buyers enjoyed a group dinner.

Film buffs Journalist Hilary Alexander, Ben Sherman’s Michael Costelloe and Lucesca Holmes from WGSN were among those at a private screening of Yohji Yamamoto documentary This Is My Dream at the ICA in London.

High five Luke celebrated the opening of its fifth store, in Leicester, with burlesque dancers and a magician. (From left) Leicester FC’s Matt Mills, owner of the new Luke franchise David Carter-Johnson, and Luke’s Ben Palmer and Luke Roper enjoyed the fun.

Who are you? Pretty Green hosted the official opening of an exhibition of memorabilia from The Who’s Quadrophenia film at its Carnaby Street store. Pretty Green’s Nigel Grant and Drapers’ Keely Stocker were two of the evening’s ace faces.

Shhhhhhh!

Which Drapers team member had their engagement announced on Twitter by a colleague before they had the chance to tell their friends?

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