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Off the Record, September 28 2013

People, gossip, parties…

In the Nicholas of time

Nicholas Parry-Billings (left) said a fond farewell to the British Footwear Association (BFA) and its many members at Milan footwear show Micam last week. The emperor of exports is (reportedly) retiring after a couple of decades of leading UK shoe folk around the world. Among those sending him on his way were Vicky Ogden, accessories supremo at Pure London, and John Saunders of the BFA, who now steps into Nicholas’s shoes, so to speak.

Eileen Fisher’s champagne moment

The Eileen Fisher team landed in London from the US and were generous hosts to buyers and press, treating them to a spring 14 catwalk show during a delicious dinner. Eileen Fisher’s Jim Gundell, Drapers’ Ana Santi, Eileen Fisher’s Tenille Clyburn and Harvey Nichols’ John Schofield sipped some champagne to kick off the evening’s proceedings.

Flagship party by Longchamp

Longchamp celebrated the opening of its Regent Street flagship with a knees-up hosted by the Cassegrain family during London Fashion Week. Guests including brand ambassador Kate Moss, pictured with Longchamp’s Jean Cassegrain, actress Zoe Saldana and Mick Jagger mingled across the store’s three floors while enjoying a DJ set by Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof.

Fashionable conversation

Fashion and design school Istituto Marangoni recently held an evening of fashion debate at its swanky revamped London campus to round off London Design Festival and London Fashion Week. Co-hosted by Wallpaper magazine, editor-at-large Suzanne Trocmé was joined by designers Oliver Spencer and Giulio Cappellini, who discussed the bridging of the fashion and design worlds. Nothing like a good debate!

A fairway to raise some funds

Walsall’s Calderfields Golf Club recently played host to the annual Luke Roper Golf Day in aid of the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust.

Fore-midable players from the worlds of sport and the screen joined customers and retailers for a round of, at times, crazy golf, with £1,000 raised for the charity.

Monochrome magic

At the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) annual dinner last week, we were impressed that director general Helen Dickinson co-ordinated her dress so well with all the penguin outfits, including that worn by Ted Baker’s Lindsay Page.

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