This week’s party people.
A luxurious night out
Champagne flowed at the reception for this year’s Walpole British Luxury Awards at the V&A in London, where guests included Charles and Angela Stone, owners of accessories supplier Bandana, their daughter Alice Stone, owner of lifestyle brand Lily & Lionel, Drapers’ Kat Spybey and James Knowles, and Venetia Hendy from PR firm Brunswick.
John Lewis provides the full Monty on Oxford St
John Lewis hosted the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on last week, when thousands of spectators gathered to watch pop star and The X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini push the button. However, the real star, Monty, made an appearance on the department store’s Christmas rooftop. Drapers’ Kirsty McGregor and Graeme Moran p-p-p-picked up the penguin.
Drapers #foundit in Debenhams
It’s not every day you are given carte blanche to roam around a department store as part of a treasure hunt. But that’s exactly what happened at Debenhams to mark the launch of its Christmas campaign, #foundit. And judging by the smile, Drapers’ Keely Stocker did just that.
To watch Debenhams marketing director Richard Cristofoli discuss the ad go to Drapersonline.com/news/christmas
New Look’s store has the X Factor
Former 2014 The X Factor contestants Jack Walton, Jake Quickenden and Lola Saunders, pictured below with 2012 contestant Rylan Clark (second from left), took to the stage at the opening of New Look’s revamped Oxford Street store last week. The first 100 fans in the queue got to hear them belt out some songs and then shop New Look’s latest partywear range.
Direct route to Manchester
The Fashion Network held a directors dinner at the DoubleTree hotel in Manchester, which was a get-together for Northern-based directors, owners and senior managers. Held in association with logistics provider Amethyst Group and call centre firm The Contact Company, guests included (top) Dan Griffiths, director of agency Red Alert, and Sandeep Malhotra, managing director of dress label Forever Unique, and (below) Catherine Miles and Glenn Bennet from the Contact Company, and Harvey Jacobson from footwear supplier Jacobson Group.
Footwear’s best friends
Charity Footwear Friends hosted its annual awards last week at St Mary-at-Hill Church in London’s Eastcheap. Matt Hendon, managing director of Bristol-based ballet pump brand Rollasole, won first prize of £5,000. Jonathan and Sarahjayne Matthew, founders of Menorcan sandal brand Solillas, won second prize of £2,500 and the BFA/FN Platform Award, while Jane Cunneen (second left) of women’s brand Dear Frances picked up third prize of £750. Congratulations all round.