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Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

Word on the street

Fashion styles past and present merged last week to mark 180 years of London's Regent Street. On display were pieces from the street's big names, including Jaeger and Austin Reed. Jaeger international manager Peter Veitch, assistant manager for international operations Victoria Ingarfield (right) and a model posed in front of old ads (1), while models contrasted Jaeger's current range with styles from its archive (2). A Mile of Style is at Guildhall Art Gallery until June 30.

Like mother, like daughter

French brand Comptoir des Cotonniers is on the hunt for a real- life mother-and-daughter team to front its autumn 07 ad campaign. The casting is open to anyone in the UK. Castings will take place in the Notting Hill and Wimbledon branches on April 25 from 5pm to 8pm. See www.comptoirdes for more details.

My-Wardrobe does the paper round on its birthday

If a 25th anniversary is silver and 40th is ruby, then the first is all about paper. So it was appropriate that online fashion boutique celebrated its first birthday at nightclub Paper in London. Site founders Andrew and Sarah Curran (1) were joined by nurse-turned-model Abi Titmuss (2), while DJ Lisa Moorish gave Rod Stewart's daughter Kimberley a lesson on the decks (3).

Pants on parade

It's amazing how far people will go to bag some free clobber - these brave shoppers queued at the new Joy store in Brighton to get some free gear. The retailer gave away clothes to the first 25 people who dared to bare. Good job the sun came out.

Radley bags a prime spot

The fashion press were out in force last week to mark the launch of handbag brand Radley's second store. Opposite trendy London spa The Sanctuary in Covent Garden, it was an ideal spot to persuade wealthy ladies of leisure to snap up a luxury bag from the new premium London collection. Chief executive Roger Best and creative director Lowell Harder were on hand at the bash (1), with well-wishing party-goers overflowing onto the pavement (2).

The doctor is back in the house

Dr Martens returned to retailing this week with a store on Neal Street in London's Covent Garden. Doctors and nurses were on hand to give willing patients - including Drapers news editor Rachel Barnes (left) and reporter Ana Santi (1) - the once over. Nurses were decked out in new styles (2), while rickshaws (3) saved guests having to walk home. Well, remember how hard it is to break in a new pair of DMs?

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