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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

NOT SO EASY RIDERS AT BSA LAUNCH

At the launch of the clothing range from vintage motorcycle brand BSA last week, a Drapers photographer persuaded BSA sales manager Maggie McAteer, her brother Cathal (right), who designed the range, and sales executive Chris Stoker to pose with one of the classic bikes that inspired the range (1). But none of them would climb on board. Still, it didn't stop Drapers sales executive David Brooklyn trying to make off with a bike (2).

ZANDRA'S COLOUR SUPPLEMENT

If there's one thing you can say about Zandra Rhodes, it's that she loves to experiment with colour. So no doubt the designer was thrilled to receive a lifetime achievement award from The Colour Group, an organisation that gathers together those concerned with the perception, reproduction and measurement of colour. Here's to an even brighter future.

REGAL ACTION

Making her second appearance in OTR in a fortnight, the hard-working Princess Anne, president of UK Fashion Export, showed up at the London offices of US sourcing group Target AMC. Pictured from left are Saks Fifth Avenue/Target AMC's Gail Sackloff, Princess Anne, and Ellen Tansey of Target Sourcing Services/AMC Worldwide (1). The Princess also met (from left) consultant Anne Tyrrell, David Sassoon of Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany, and Helen Wright of Bamford (2).

GLOWING WITH PRIDE

Not content with the press it has racked up for its half-sized bras, Playtex threw a party last week to launch its MoonWalk 2007 in aid of breast cancer research. As well as a look back at the night-time marathon's 10-year history, Playtex unveiled its special glow in the dark bra, which will be issued to all participants in the event on May 19. For details, check out www.walkthewalk.org.

ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT AT MARC CAIN

German brand Marc Cain unveiled its first London store this week on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, although it is anyone's guess how the perfect, spotlessly white store interior survived a night of champagne and canapes at the swanky opening party. Marc Cain area sales manager Thomas Herter and UK sales representative Chantelle Wilkinson were snapped as they slipped outside the store to catch a breath of fresh air (1), while Marc Cain franchise owners Jonathan Wells, Amanda Cook and Niall McCarthy decided to soak up the party atmosphere indoors (2).

LET'S GET SERIOUS

Manchester Fashion Network hosted a debate on the future of fashion last week, with brands, academics and retailers all taking part. Topics such as the growth of the internet prompted pensive poses from Stuart Trevor, creator of Bolongaro Trevor and All Saints; Gordon Reid, chief executive of the Manchester City Centre Management Company; and Irvin Grant, owner of boutiques Intro and Artisan.

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