The social whirl
Collared by Sweeney
Model and designer David Gandy (centre, with Thom Sweeney founders Luke Sweeney and Thom Whiddett), actor Matt Smith, presenter Dermot O’Leary and footballer Jamie Redknapp made for a star-studded line-up at the opening of Thom Sweeney’s ready-to-wear and made-to-measure store in Mayfair last week. The guests drank cocktails made from Haig Club whisky in the 922 sq ft store at 33a Bruton Place.
Come dine with the men of Imbex
Back in the last century there was a London menswear fair called Imbex. Keeping the memory of that annual gathering alive is the purpose of The Imbexonians, a menswear dining club. Among the company at its latest dinner were Jason Gerrard (Without Prejudice and outgoing Imbexonians chairman), Stephen Ayres (Liberty), Simon Berwin (Berwin & Berwin), Nigel Lugg (Prominent), Peter Lucas (BMB) and Nick Keyte (John Lewis). Gerrard began his welcome with “Ladies and gentlemen…” but it was soon pointed out that no women were present.
Three Cheers for Clarity
Fran Minogue, founder of blue-chip recruitment agency Clarity, toasted its third birthday and a recent move to new offices in St James’s, London, with a gathering of movers and shakers. Among those present to congratulate Minogue and her team were Derek Lovelock, chief executive of Mamas & Papas, Peter Williams, chairman of Boohoo.com and Jaeger, and Paul Mason, chairman of Cath Kidston.
Rock on, tommy
What do you buy for a fan of The Who who likes to stay at home? A dressing gown modelled on a mod parka, of course, complete with a fake fur-trimmed hood and the band’s logo. In what is claimed to be “luxury cotton towelling”, this must-have garment is £46.95 at Prezzybox.com .
Style in the fast lane
The launch of Bugatti’s first fashion boutique was never going to be a low-key affair. Guests walked a blue carpet lined with supercars to the London Brompton Street store, then had drinks at the Bulgari Hotel. In attendance were (clockwise from top left) designer Patrick Grant, British Fashion Council boss Caroline Rush, GQ editor Dylan Jones and actor Adrien Brody (here with Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer).
Bristol indie Fox + Feather hosted a party with AKA Professional Hairdressing, a fellow family-run local business. All profits from the event went to charity Clic Sargent, which cares for children with cancer. A catwalk event to show off the autumn 14 ranges at Fox + Feather was one of the evening’s highlights, along with a few glasses of bubbly, of course.