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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

CAUGHT IN BIG BROTHER'S GRIP

Even Drapers can't escape Celebrity Big Brother. Did you know that Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson (1) is also the 50% owner of womenswear chain East? Or that Dino Rocos (2), the brother of BB star Cleo (circled left), is the managing director of distribution for John Lewis? Also, it was fashion agent Robert de Keyser (3) - part-owner of the Miss Great Britain competition - who stripped Danielle Lloyd (circled right) of the title after it emerged she had been dating a judge, footballer Teddy Sheringham, since before the event.

FARM OFFENSIVE

Despite the snowy streets and uber-cool temperatures in Berlin last week, denim brand Lee recreated late summer on the farm by staging a live window display at department store Peek & Cloppenburg, complete with dancing models and music blaring out across the Kurfurstendamm.

THE FEDS MAKE A MASH OF IT

Sat in a corner at Premium in Berlin was an office full of Swiss people calling themselves the Federal Office for Garments. For three days they inspected glossy magazines, tearing a page out of each to turn into mulch, and then recycling it into an A5 page, apparently as an archive. The whole baffling episode was supposedly in the name of recycling.

SOUTHEND AND ITS AMIGOS

According to figures from Bread & Butter Barcelona organisers, total visitor numbers from Southend-on-Sea in Essex and the whole of central America almost doubled at this season's show. Not sure why the town had a spot on the list of nations - maybe Southend has secured its borders and the local council has allied itself with Mexico.

MARKET FORCES

Marketing to the multi-channel fashion consumer was the theme at the one- day Drapers conference in London last week. Retailers and brands from across the fashion industry picked up some top tips on how to take an integrated marketing approach to selling across different trading platforms, from high street to online and even via mobile phone. Among the delegates were, from left, Coast marketing manager Sarah McNamara, merchandising director Clare Kelly and design director Sandra Clarke.

THE ODD ONE OUT

Even home shopping's golden couple can have a tiff. The White Company founder Chrissie Rucker revealed to Drapers that she gave Nick Wheeler, the owner of Charles Tyrwhitt, a 1% stake in her business when the two married. But 12 years later, Wheeler is yet to reciprocate. "I'm quite cross as he's never given me 1% of his business. It would make a great anniversary gift," she hinted.

GRADUATES' VOCAL SUPPORT

There was an impressive turnout for the London College of Fashion's MA graduate catwalk show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last month. Graduates including Julia Kroener (1) and Chloe Hewitt (2) created an imaginative array of designs. Equally absorbing was the soundtrack to the show, which was supplied by experimental female vocal group Juice and beatbox artist Beardyman, with sound effects that were produced by the human voice alone.

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