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Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

Life's a gas at store opening

Italian lifestyle brand Gas opened its luxurious new concept store on London's King's Road this week, with an array of celebs helping to cut the ribbon. Pop Idol star Darius Danesh and former All Saints singer Melanie Blatt helped guests party long into the night (1), while Gas communications boss Barbara Grotto and founder Claudio Grotto posed with Margherita Missoni (2), daughter of designer Angela Missoni. Actress Camilla Rutherford brought her son Hector along (3), while model Olivia Inge sampled the champagne (4).

Lily Loves a good party

Reggae beats pumped out across New Look's London's Marble Arch store last week at the launch of Lily Allen's clothing range, Lily Loves. The singer performed four songs (1), before wandering around the store to say 'alright' to revellers. Stylist China Moses, New Look international boss Michael Lemner and senior designer Charlotte Carey were grooving on the dancefloor (2), while head of communications Sarah Walters posed for photos with her dapper partner, GQ editor Dylan Jones (3). TV presenter Fearne Cotton was as chirpy as ever (4), even when Allen's dad Keith relived his days of musical stardom with heckling cries of 'Vindaloo' (5).

Philip Green - he's no dummy

Sir Philip Green made an unlikely mannequin in the window of Topshop's London Oxford Street flagship, but what caught his eye? Was it the entrance of fashion queen Kate Moss, or was he checking out the spangly red number? It would be ideal for a weekend in Monaco ...

Cash counts at fashion public

New website Fashion Public - which provides an online sales platform for independent designers - wowed the glitterati at an art preview in London's Soho in its quest for first-round funding. And finance was certainly in the air, with artist Natasha Archdale showcasing her collages of nudes made from Financial Times cuttings. On hand to promote the site were Fashion Public chief executive and founder Jill Simon, events and marketing head Pinky Laing, PR executive Vicki Day and head of investor relations Melissa Joyce.

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