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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

A GREY DAY FOR THE GUNNERS

Although they looked dashing decked out in this season's hottest shade, grey didn't prove to be such a lucky colour for the Gunner boys last weekend. The Arsenal squad enjoyed a modelling session wearing their official Carling Cup Final suits from the Moss Bros Ventuno 21 range, before losing the match 2-1 to Chelsea.

TAILOR MADE

The old and the new came together at the Gieves & Hawkes store on Savile Row in London last week, to help Lord Mayor of Westminster Alexander Nicoll celebrate the street's heritage. Nicoll, pictured above right with Gieves & Hawkes' Mark Henderson (1), gave a rousing speech in recognition of the street's importance, while the city council vowed to use planning rules to protect Savile Row's workshops from being redeveloped. Also lending support were Graham Lawless of Dege & Skinner, Joseph Morgan from Chittleborough & Morgan, and Brian Lishack of Richard Anderson (2), along with singer, poet and offbeat fashionista Phil Dirtbox, Ravi Tailor of Anthony J Hewitt, and Tom Baker and Veera Ranki from Soho-based tailor Tom Baker (3).

FROM RUSSIA WITH CLOTHES

With a surname like hers, it may not be easy to make Russian designer Katia Gomiashvili a household name in the UK. But after the opening of her new boutique, Emperor Moth, on London's Mount Street last month, it seems the London College of Fashion-educated designer (pictured left) is determined to give it her best shot. The new shop is Gomiashvili's second - her first is in Moscow, where it's known as Chic-Blesk-Krasota.

HOT PROPERTY

Tenants and landlords were out in force for property group Land Securities' bash last week at the Royal Academy of Arts in London's Burlington Gardens. M&S boss Stuart Rose popped in for a drink, as did Thomas Pink's Jonathan Heilbron (1), and Luxottica Group's Lisa Finos and Gieves & Hawkes' Ray Clacher (2). Graham Seaton from Sports Direct and Robert Williams from Wilkinson Williams (3) also enjoyed the champagne and canapes.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Two exhibitors at the recent AIS womenswear show in Solihull were rewarded with the coveted Supplier of the Year awards. Danny Saul of Frank Saul Fashions, pictured with AIS's Louise Garner (left) and Janet du Boulay, picked up the Branded Supplier of the Year award (1), while Barry Greenfield of Fabrizio Fashions won Own-Label Supplier of the Year, pictured with AIS's Jackie Poncia and du Boulay (2).

JASON TRIES TO GET INTO HARRODS ...

... and this time he's welcome. Notoriously denied entry to Harrods 15 years ago for looking too scruffy in a pair of torn jeans, 1980s heart throb Jason Donovan rocked up on Jeans for Genes day last month to greet staff, who were also clad in denim. Jeans signed by Bryan Ferry, Charlotte Church, Billie Piper and Graham Norton were auctioned to raise money for the Jeans for Genes charity, which provides treatment for children with genetic disorders.

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