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Off the record, September 13 2014

Caught up in the week’s social whirl.

A class act at the V&A

Fashion lovers should head to London’s V&A for the Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition, which features a retrospective of the work of Horst P Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. A surprise visitor was 83-year-old American model Carmen Dell’Orefice (pictured), who is pictured posing next to a photo Horst took of her when she was just 15, which appeared in the February 1947 issue of US Vogue.

The exhibition runs until January 4.


Rocks off with Varvatos

Classic rock, soul and ska were on the playlist at the official opening of the John Varvatos flagship in Conduit Street, London. Among those enjoying the US designer’s hospitality were Steve Davies and Nick Preston from Hardy Amies, and footwear designer Graham Gordon of Block & Last.

Dame Vivienne steals the show at Scottish Fashion Awards

Dame Vivienne Westwood took to the stage at the recent Scottish Fashion Awards to accept her Hall of Fame inauguration. The legendary designer proceeded to regale the audience with some of her more controversial views. Fracking (she says no) and Scottish independence (yes) were some of the issues raised in her long and rather winding speech. Thankfully, she still found time to pose for a pic with Drapers’ Graeme Moran.

Keeping up with Kim

Drapers’ Graeme Moran and Keely Stocker shared cocktails with reality TV’s Kim Kardashian at London hotel Claridge’s last week. The US star was in town to give an exclusive preview of her new Kardashian Kollection for Drapers Awards nominee Lipsy - readers should look out for our full interview with the famous face online on October 29.

Menswear to a tee

At a reception in Canali’s New Bond Street flagship, Paul McGinley (middle), captain of the European Ryder Cup team, was offered tactical advice by golfing enthusiasts, including Canali stockists Tim Guy of Andrew Gardner in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, and David Moss of Mayfair’s Richard Gelding. The battle of the links with the USA runs at Gleneagles in Perthshire from September 23-28.

Williams & Griffin strikes Gold

A wealthy Roman woman’s jewellery collection has been discovered during excavations at the Williams & Griffin department store on Colchester High Street, Essex. The armlets, necklace, bracelets, earrings, rings, jewellery box and a small bag of coins were uncovered during a dig by the Colchester Archaeological Trust, which is being funded as part of a £30m redevelopment of Williams & Griffin.


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