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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

LEMAR AND LEAH ARE FRESH MEAT FOR PUMA

Leah Wood (left), son of rock star Ronnie, and musician Lemar hung out with a model at a Puma event at London hotel Claridges. The show, which lured celebs such as footballer Freddie Ljungberg, designer Karen Millen and comedian Dom Joly, was held to launch Puma's French 77 range, inspired by legendary 1970s playboy tennis star Guillermo Vilas. The music was provided by Hugh Hefner's favourite DJ, Dimitri from Paris.

FUNDRAISING FOCUS

Royalty, celebs and VIPs trod the red carpet at charity event Focus on Fashion in aid of the Moon Hall Schools Education Trust. Organiser Sarah Young (centre) greeted comedian Ronnie Corbett and wife Anne (1), while a fashion show of clothes donated by fashion labels counted Jodie Kidd's niece Autumn Kidd among the models (2). At the after-party, Alexander Brocket, son of Lord Brocket, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, Sarah Young and model Nick Khashoggi celebrated after raising more than £25,000 (3).

CELEBS SPREAD THE NEWS AS BIG APPLE COMES TO TOWN

New York Fashion Now at the V&A in London, sponsored by Ecco, launched last week with a glamorous cocktail reception. Flamboyant potter Grayson Perry (above left) and Elton John's partner David Furnish (1) joined designers from the Big Apple, including Thom Browne and Zac Posen, to celebrate in style, while Karen O of rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (left) and designer Christian Joy kicked off the party (2). The exhibition explores the stories of 20 New York designers who launched their own labels between 1999 and 2004.

ANIMAL'S NEW SPECS SYMBOLS

Boardsports brand Animal has come up with a statuesque way of promoting its new spring 07 Acetate Eyewear collection. The brand has installed two six-foot tall "monolithic" statues at its flagship store on London's Carnaby Street, inspired by the famous moai that adorn Easter Island in the Pacific. Designed by the brand's in-house teams, the two giant faces are adorned with pairs of oversized sunglasses, much like the shades favoured by snowboarders. A case of stone carvings promoting glasses for stoned carvers ...

SHHHHHH ...! HOT OFF THE PRESS-UPS

Which fashion brand chief made a Drapers reporter drop to the deck and do 20 press-ups because she was 15 minutes late for the interview (through no fault of her own, we'd like to add ...)? Not used to such rigorous exercise, she only managed one before collapsing in a heap.

THE SECRET OF INVISIBLE INK

Which clothing boss told a Drapers reporter that he plans to get a tattoo on an intimate body part? The design is still to be decided, but the body part has been confirmed. Let's hope our guy doesn't front any underwear campaigns in the future ...

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