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Off the Record - Rumours, Gossip, Parties

Giving it some Lipsy

It wasn't just tabloid-dwelling celebrities that turned up to the Lipsy party at the Jewel Bar in London's Piccadilly last week. The bash also attracted buyers from fashion chains, as well as the Lipsy team. Partying hard were Lipsy pattern cutter Oonagh Ashdown and sales executive Gaby Sinclair with Jane Norman senior buyer Samantha Fox (1), plus Bank junior buying assistant Annabel Fearns, Lipsy executive sales manager Sally Feigin, friend of Lipsy Daniel Feigin and Bank assistant ladieswear buyers Jemma Lane and Jenny Brady (2).

Looking Good for 70

UK menswear brand Baracuta and footwear brand PF Flyers celebrated their 70th birthdays by inviting 800 guests to the Favela Chic club in east London. Guests including group sales and marketing director Kevin Stone and Matt Paton, owner of east London store Butcher of Distinction, strutted their stuff to a line-up of bands including The Dub Pistols featuring Terry Hall, Addictive TV and new band The Bishops.

Plundering the drinks in Copenhagen

Pure accessories sales manager Vicky Ogden and Drapers group advertising manager Lucy Walsh partied with IC Companys' new sales director Peter Andersen in Copenhagen last week. Guests at the brand's bash were in high spirits, musing that this season's CPH was one of the best ever.

Farah calls the Mod Squad

TBC exhibitors and visitors scooted off to Farah Slacks and Leisurewear's Mods 2 Skins party at the Cargo club in Shoreditch, east London, after the streetwear show ended last Monday evening. The Farah team of James Armstrong, Phillipa Smith, Ben Muis, Kate Pratt and Rebecca Drake danced the night away to DJs Greg Wilson, Duart Sebastian and Rub 'n' Tug.

Bench raises the bar in new store

Streetwear brand Bench celebrated the opening of its first UK shop last week with a party held in-store at Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre. The store shares many of the design features of its flagship that opened in Berlin last year, including a mock bar and disturbing-sounding 'TV-headed mannequins'. Guests included Bench brand manager Emily Frazer (centre) with Alistair Bendall and Richard Davy from design consultancy One 80 (1), who worked on the storefit, as well as Mani from rock legends Primal Scream, who bonded with local band The Yell (2).

Calvin Klein's bare necessities

Selfridges customers could be forgiven for coming out in a hot flush last week after they were confronted by a gaggle of sexy Calvin Klein models promoting the launch of the brand's Steel underwear collection. But Modus Publicity's Harriet Brown and Victoria Hughes from Warnaco, distributor of Calvin Klein underwear in the UK, managed to keep their cool while posing for this pic.

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