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Off the record, October 4 2014

The week’s headline parties and events.

Gaultier goes out with a bang

Following the news that Jean Paul Gaultier would no longer produce a ready-to-wear collection in order to focus on his couture range, the designer’s recent Paris Fashion Week show was an extravagant swansong-cum-celebration of all things JPG. Staged on a huge scale in Le Grand Rex, the largest cinema in Europe, the beauty pageant-themed production was packed with greatest hits from Gaultier’s past collections.


B&B begins Seoul search for venues

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) may well be a venue for part of the city-wide fashion event Bread & Butter is planning for Seoul next September. Built on the site of two sports stadia and designed by architect Zaha Hadid, it opened this year. Dongdaemun is a fashion and cultural area in Seoul, so is a good starting point for the initiative of B&B’s founder Karl-Heinz Müller, seen here at DDP. Another option is the Floating Islands on Han River, which B&B used for its recent launch event. South Korean ingenuity makes the buildings change colour every few minutes at night. We liked the lime version.


Number Eight putts on a ryder cup show

Scottish lifestyle indie Number Eight went for Gleneagles glory with its recent window displays inspired by the Ryder Cup. With the major golfing tournament right on its doorstep, the team at the Stirling store have been attracting new customers with their timely, on-trend display.


John Lewis never knowingly outdone on the party front

John Lewis took over various sites across the UK, including Birmingham’s LG Arena to throw a huge party for its staff, the John Lewis Partners. Marking the 150th anniversary of the business, the parties included various live music and theatre performances. It’s safe to say it was a slow morning at JL head office the following day…



Jaeger fun in Chelsea heartland

Friends of Jaeger toasted its reopened 145 King’s Road store, now womenswear-only with a personal shopper salon. Spotted with CEO Colin Henry were Professor Clare Johnston, head of textiles at the Royal College of Art, and Heather Peebles of blog


Big 3-0 for accent

Martin and Louise Schneider, owners of Leeds independent Accent, were joined by customers and suppliers to celebrate the business’ 30th anniversary. As part of the fun, shoppers could pick up exclusive pieces and one-off items from the store’s most popular brands, including specially badged Replay jeans, numbered and signed Denham jeans, custom-made polo shirts from Lyle & Scott and special brogues from Grenson.




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