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Off the record, October 21 2011

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

Golden vision Student Kirsty Hoadley was crowned the world’s best young visual merchandiser at the inaugural WorldSkills 2011 event held over four days at London’s ExCel centre this month. At WorldSkills, the world’s largest skills competition and careers event, Hoadley had to design and dress a Rule Britannia and Christmas party-themed window, all in front of thousands of spectators and within tight deadlines.

Pop bras Lingerie brand Freya set up a bra-fitting booth backstage at this year’s MOBO Awards, allowing VIP guests and celebrities to stop by for a free fitting. Stars including singers Jessie J, Emeli Sandé and Dionne Bromfield all stopped by for a fitting and to view the brand’s autumn 11 and spring 12 collections, as did the winner of Britain’s Next Top Model 2011 Jade Thompson (pictured).

Political power heels Footwear designer Beverly Feldman (right) met with home secretary Theresa May recently in London to present her with a pair of shoes and a handbag from her collection. May is a fan of Feldman’s designs, and Feldman said her “power heel” style was designed with May in mind. The shoes are also available at Russell & Bromley.

Summers in Stratford Lingerie retailer Ann Summers threw a bash to celebrate the opening of its concept store in London’s Westfield Stratford City shopping centre. Ann Summers chief executive Jacqueline Gold (left) was spotted hanging out with Karen Millen, founder of the eponymous womenswear chain.

From Elgin to the world Scottish cashmere brand Johnstons of Elgin scooped the Gold Award for excellence in export at the recent UKFT Export Awards 2011. The event was held at Banqueting House on London’s Whitehall, where James Dracup of Johnstons of Elgin (right) was presented with his award by HRH The Princess Royal and UKFT’s Paul Alger.


Which well-known TV presenter was almost sick with nerves before their appearance at a fashion trade event recently?

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