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Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

Grease is the word at lingerie show

The Intimas Group team swapped bras and briefs for Grease-inspired get-up last week at the Harrogate Lingerie & Swimwear Exhibition party. Carol Duncumb left her chief executive hat back at the office to assume the role of chief pink lady, surrounding chairman Michael Hobbs with the rest of the gang (1). Meanwhile, on the dance floor Splendour director Mark Pilkington showed Drapers reporter Ana Santi some moves (2), and there were also a few Elvis impersonators in town, with Moontide sales director David Cosgrove and UK sales manager Jerry Cross comparing their efforts with the man himself (3).

Royal appointment for mary davis

These days, there aren't many labels that manufacture in the UK and export their wares, which is why Princess Anne dropped in to the Mary Davis store in Wedmore, Somerset. The Princess Royal, who is president of UK Fashion Exports, visited the shop and chatted with designer Mary Davis, who presented her with a jacket from her collection.

A dane reaction

A bevy of Nordic beauties descended on Birmingham's Bullring last week for the unveiling of Danish fashion house Bestseller's dual fascia Jack & Jones and Vero Moda store. Naturally, the party was heaving with Danes as elusive Bestseller owner Troels Holch Poulsen and his two sons mingled with revellers including Lark Holmegaard of Vila and Line Felt of Bestseller (1), Bettina Holst and Gitte Skaarup of Vero Moda (2), and Ole Bech and Nicolaj Tolstrup of Bestseller menswear brand Jack & Jones (3).

Inspir-Asian-al fashion

The Asian Dreams catwalk show at The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, south London, last week provided a platform for eight London-based Asian designers. Heavy doses of glamour from the likes of Motasem (1) were nearly upstaged by the best fashion show catering that Drapers has experienced, featuring delicacies such as Thai-style prawn kebabs with lobster (2). Guests queuing up for a taste included Daks Simpson archivist Madeleine Ginsburgh (3).

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