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Off The Record: September 23, 2015

London Fashion Week, a dinner date with the BRC and the next generation of textile designers.

Clash of the tartan titans

Drapers’ Eric Musgrave and KPMG’s retailing guru David McCorquodale

Drapers’ Eric Musgrave and KPMG’s retailing guru David McCorquodale

Check this out: Drapers’ Eric Musgrave and KPMG’s retailing guru David McCorquodale were brothers-in-trews at the British Retail Consortium dinner last week. Tartan experts will know that Eric is wearing a Mitchell, but who would guess that David is in the official KPMG plaid?

LFW’s bag ladies

BFC’s Caroline Rush, Kate Southworth, (brand director of Anya Hindmarch)

BFC’s Caroline Rush, Kate Southworth (brand director of Anya Hindmarch) and Anya Hindmarch

The British Fashion Council’s Caroline Rush, Kate Southworth, brand director at Anya Hindmarch, and the handbag empress Anya herself had a lot to talk about at the opening of London Fashion Week last Friday, as they all seem to have got their arm accessories from the same place. (Clue: have a look at anyahindmarch.com)

There is nothing like a dame

Christopher Biggins and Vicky Ogden

Christopher Biggins and Vicky Ogden

Theatrical greats Christopher Biggins and Vicky Ogden, head of footwear and accessories at Pure London, came over all thespian at the Zandra Rhodes show at LFW. Fact: Vicky played a barmaid in Coronation Street for a few years. Has Biggins ever reached such heady heights?

Charity begins online

Isla D’Aubigny

Isla D’Aubigny

Selling unwanted designer fashion online to raise funds for nominated charities is the premise of Fashion for Change, a new initiative by management consultant Isla D’Aubigny. She believes much high fashion is sold too cheaply by conventional charity shops, which also use a high proportion of their income to pay the running costs of retail units. Earlier this month, D’Aubigny launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £300,000 for the plan, which complements her existing business Clothes Agency. Details are available on fashionforchange.boutique/campaign and the Twitter handle is @Fashion4Change

May the force be with you

Irregular Choice x Star Wars

Irregular Choice x Star Wars

Quirky footwear business Irregular Choice has teamed up with Star Wars to create a collection of character heels including storm troopers, Darth Vadar, Yoda and flashing lightsabers complete with sound effects. Celebrating the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, the range is released on October 30 in Irregular Choice stores, online and in galaxies far, far away, priced from £110 to £275.

Textile talent gets Missoni seal of approval

The Texprint 2015 designers alumni with Signora Rosita Missoni

The Texprint 2015 designers alumni with Signora Rosita Missoni

Rosita Missoni, head of brand at Italian fashion house Missoni, jetted to textile exhibition Première Vision in Paris (September 15-17) to present the 2015 Texprint Awards, celebrating the best textile design, techniques and skills from UK colleges and universities. The accolades for Colour, Pattern, Fashion and Interiors were presented to Emma McCluskey from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Joanna Robins of University of the West of England, Jessica Leclere from Royal College of Art and Anja Alexandersdottir of Heriot Watt University. Congratulations, ladies!

The Modfather will see you now

 John Varvatos and Paul Weller

John Varvatos and Paul Weller

Fans of music and fashion converged at the John Varvatos store on London’s Conduit Street for an evening with the Modfather himself, Paul Weller. US designer Varvatos kicked off proceedings by going through photographs of some of Weller’s iconic looks from his 40 years in music, including those signature sharp double-breasted suits and skinny ties. One look in particular caught Drapers’ eye: a white double denim Levi’s jacket and jeans combination bought in Japan in the 1980s. Definitely our latest style crush.

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