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Off the record, September 16 2011

The fashion world went baaa-rmy for knitwear during the second Wool Week from September 5-11.

Hello ewe Sheep grazed on Duke of York Square in Chelsea last week as retailer Jigsaw celebrated Wool Week. The furry friends spent two days outside Jigsaw’s flagship and another two inside its store on Kensington High Street. John Thorley, chairman of the Campaign for Wool, was among those flocking to see them.

Knit wits Colourful characters Knit and Pearl launched Wool Week at Selfridges in London last Monday. The pair knitted and shopped while encouraging people to buy wool-based products at the Oxford Street store.

Woolly thinkers Wool Week patron Prince Charles and wife Camilla opened the Wool Modern exhibition at La Galleria on London’s Pall Mall. They were joined by designer Vivienne Westwood, and actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli. Exhibition highlights include Giles Deacon’s woollen ‘eggs’ and a red carpet by Erdem.

Bags full of fun Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen and Anya Hindmarch donated products to an installation of woollen handbags at Harvey Nichols in London. At the launch party were (clockwise, from above left) model Erin O’Connor, Harvey Nichols’ Averyl Oates, Conde Nast’s Nicholas Coleridge, Harvey Nichols’ Victoria Meekings and blogger Sasha Wilkins.


Which fashion designer turned up sheepishly late to a Wool Week event because she got stuck in traffic while cycling to the venue?

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