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Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

Gold rush

Designer Giles Deacon certainly knows how to pull a crowd. A frenzy unfolded at New Look's London Marble Arch flagship last week when his collection Gold by Giles was previewed by press and industry movers and shakers (1). New Look chief executive Phil Wrigley (right) was on hand to get the party started as he hung out with Deacon (2). Permira partner Martin Clarke (right) made the party despite having just touched down from a Caribbean holiday, and caught up with New Look international director Michael Lemner (3). Meanwhile, model de jour Agyness Dean (far right) and designer Henry Holland (second from right) mingled with friends dressed head to toe in Giles' signature spots (4).

Judge gives Campbell a dressing-down

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was advised this week by a judge to dress appropriately for her five-day community service - by wearing jeans and trainers. The sentence was imposed after Campbell hurled a mobile phone and hit her maid on the head last March. She will spend a week cleaning a warehouse in New York's Lower East Side - which, let's face it, is a far cry from her appearance on pal Julien Macdonald's London catwalk just a month ago ...

Green's comic efforts

Sir Philip Green was his usual charitable self last week, popping up in charity TV show Comic Relief Does The Apprentice. Green donated thousands of pounds worth of Bhs goods to help the Comic Relief fundraising efforts. No doubt he was feeling equally generous to the 100 guests he invited to a Maldives island for his 55th birthday later in the week. Topless dancers, 3,000 bottles of champagne, and a giant granite Buddha ensured it was a party to remember.

Lily lights up London

H&M's new COS store in London comes hot on the heels of another Regent Street debut - the first UK shop from Spanish retailer Hoss Intropia. The store had its official opening last Thursday and model Lily Cole, who fronted the launch campaign, joined Hoss founder Constan Hernandez at the event.

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