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Off the Record, November 9 2013

The Drapers social whirl.

Down the rabbit hole

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was held at Marks & Spencer’s screening of its Christmas ad last week at The May Fair hotel in London. Alice in Wonderland characters tried to drag guests to their table, shouting “Alice! Alice!” and encouraging them to take tea with them. Drapers just escaped.

Coatwalk queens

Womenswear group Jacques Vert hosted its Mum & Me Coatwalk event on London’s South Bank last month to celebrate its winter campaign. TV presenter Angela Rippon hit the catwalk while guests including Jacques Vert boss Teresa Tideman (pictured with Mail on Sunday’s Sue Peart) quaffed champagne.

Night at the museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum was the spectacular setting for the fourth annual WGSN Global Fashion Awards last Wednesday. Oliver Spencer collected the gong for Menswear Designer of the Year. Among the 400 or so guests we spotted Lorna Hall, ex-executive editor of Drapers and now retail editor of trends website WGSN, Gavin Brown, organiser of consumer event Clothes Show Live, and Denise Shepherd, international sales director of lingerie firm Panache.

Sporting behaviour

In the scrum at lifestyle brand Rampant Sporting’s new pop-up store on Argyle Street in Bath were some of the city’s rugby team. Rampant founder and managing director Richard Hurtley welcomed Bath’s star prop Kane Palma-Newport, wing Tom Biggs and loosehead prop Tom Dunn, as well as cupcake maker Charlie Lanz.

Zhang the man

The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize took place at The Dorchester hotel in London last week, with womenswear designer Huishan Zhang (pictured with trophy) awarded the £25,000 prize. Finalists Emilia Wickstead, Barbara Casasola, Fyodor Golan and Zhang also put on a catwalk presentation.

Tiptoeing into Fenwick

Department store Fenwick of Bond Street launched its Enchanted Christmas windows with a performance packed with pliés from Elena Glurdjidze, principal ballerina at the English National Ballet. The dancer stopped to pose with store managing director David Walker-Smith.


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