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Off the Record, October 19 2013

People, gossip, parties…

Harvey Nicks’ big night out

The Manchester Harvey Nichols store celebrated its 10th birthday by hooking up with Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, the annual shopping event that this year was held in the city. Designers including Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic (pictured with Vogue’s Sara Harris) helped shoppers customise special Fashion’s Night Out T-shirts.

Scots Wha hae

The Scottish Fashion Awards relocated to London for its eighth edition, with drinks at the Scottish Office in Whitehall and dinner at 8 Northumberland Avenue. (Anti-clockwise from top left) Christopher Kane hung out with model Stella Tennant; Dorothy Perkins buying director Charlotte Pettican, assistant vice-principal of the British School of Fashion Christopher Moore and Dorothy Perkins retail director Elaine Smith; and Drapers’ Eric Musgrave congratulated Dr Brian Duffy, former European president of Ralph Lauren, after he received a lifetime achievement commendation.

A brit of a do

Last week saw the launch of Marks & Spencer’s capsule Best of British men’s and women’s range in its Marble Arch store.

The top management bods were out in force and Drapers caught up with style director Belinda Earl as well as marketing and business development director Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne and recent recruit, store environment director Florence De Boosere.

Williamson is stylish in flannels

Flannels’ Spinningfields store joined the Vogue Fashion’s Night Out party in Manchester with an event hosted by Matthew Williamson (pictured with Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman and Matthew Williamson chief executive Joseph Velosa). The designer handed out styling advice while guests enjoyed champagne and free manicures.

Paris goes Green

The World Retail Awards - the climax of the annual World Retail Congress - this year took place in Paris’s 19th-century Salle Wagram building, where guests watched Louis XVI-inspired dancers and catwalk shows ahead of the dinner and ceremony. Having shared a stage earlier in the day, friends Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green and J Crew chief executive Mickey Drexler shared a table in the evening.

White Stuff cosies up to charity

Lashings of tea and tonnes of Tunnock’s tea cakes were consumed on White Stuff’s National Wear a Tea Cosy on Your Head Day last month. The retailer’s stores sold tea cosies for £3 and held ‘chari-tea’ parties, raising more than £28,000 for 85 different charities.

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