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Off the record - Rumours, gossip, parties

Twenty8Twelve tears it up

Siblings Sienna and Savannah Miller launched their collaborative brand Twenty8Twelve last week at the Lonsdale Hotel in London's Notting Hill. Despite going on sale weeks ago in indies including Matches in south-west London and Sarah Coggles in York, the pair threw a launch party for their friends, who were able to nip around the corner to see the new Twenty8Twelve shop, which opened in Westbourne Grove last week. Guests included interior designer Kelly Hoppen, pictured with Miller (1); party girl Peaches Geldof (2); illustrator Daisy De Villeneuve and her photographer sister Poppy (3); and model Laura Bailey (4); while Sienna and Savannah posed with designer Matthew Williamson (5).

WHAT A DRAG

Fingernails were painted, lipstick applied and feather boas plumped up for the second Bistrotheque Annual Drag Ball, which took place at Shoreditch Town Hall in London's East End last week. Sequins, sparkles and sky-high heels abounded as the judges, including accessories designer Stuart Vevers, fashion expert Caryn Franklin and designer Henry Holland - pictured with Francesca Burns, fashion editor of i-D magazine - were asked to pick the most impressive drag queens across a selection of categories, ranging from 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist to Future Trends.

INDIAN SUMMER

As part of the Indian-themed Regent Street festival in London last weekend, the Regent Street Association treated diners to an open-air Bollywood film. Taking their seats were councillor Danny Chalkley with Annie Walker of the Regent Street Association (1); and author Susie Howard and Crown Estate head of retail portfolio David Shaw.

A FAMILIAR FACE AT TEXPRINT

Aquascutum hosted the awards ceremony for the Texprint Chairman's Prize at its 100 Regent Street store in London last week. Chief executive and president Kim Winser presented the award to Central Saint Martins graduate Hyuna Lee, watched by Texprint chairman Julius Schofield (1). Lee also picked up Texprint's Breaking New Ground prize. Ironically, the category was judged by Winser's colleagues, Aquascutum design bosses Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler (2).

MAJOR MERGER ALERT

The Sun newspaper published its guide to WAG shopping last week, and its lowdown on Newcastle upon Tyne's stores had the Drapers news team worried that they had missed a huge merger story in the independent sector, but we have since been assured that this was The Sun's error.

CHANTELLE'S PERFECT FIT

Lingerie brand Chantelle this week showed off its autumn 07 collection, called French Allure, with brand marketing manager Sarah Kyle modelling the Fete range. Guests were treated to a personal fitting at the Courthouse Hotel in central London and entered into a prize draw to win a Chantelle lingerie set. But one of the biggest draws came from a certain handsome department store buyer who made a fleeting, but worthwhile, appearance, leaving female guests swooning ...

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