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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

OUR SURVEY SAID ...

As Drapers sat down to watch Family Fortunes recently, who should pop up but Miro Radici UK chief executive and former Marchpole boss Greg Tufnell. Greg and family joined brother and former England cricketer Phil Tufnell in an all-star edition of the show, but lost to Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes and family. If only there had been more fashion questions in the survey.

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Harold Tillman is digging deep for his alma mater, the London College of Fashion, by pledging more than £1 million to sponsor 10 MA students a year. The first recipients, pictured here with the Jaeger and Allders owner, will be offered placements at Tillman's businesses at the end of their studies.

PRESENT TENSE

The prize for cheekiest Christmas presents must go to the team at Marks & Spencer. At M&S's non-executive directors dinner at London's Groucho Club, the Secret Santa present-giving saw online boss John Dixon receive a bluffer's guide to the web. And what did chief Stuart Rose get? A Darth Vader mask. No one owned up to it, unsurprisingly.

THE ICING ON THE CAKE

Drapers is always delighted to receive a surprise Christmas gift, especially if it is edible. So when a huge cake complete with edible figurines arrived from kidswear brand Indi Jo, the whole team, including fashion editor Khabi Mirza, wasted no time getting stuck in.

A TIGHT SQUEEZE

Lingerie buyers were so eager to see the launch of Eveden's new premium sub-brand Fauve that the Selfridges gang squeezed into the lift and got stuck. But at least they were treated to a rescue effort by the hunky fire brigade. Eveden managing director Tracy Lewis avoided the upheaval by staying close to her brand.

I'M A DESIGNER, GET ME OUT OF HERE!

The design team at New Look went for a non-seasonal theme when they entered a Christmas decorations competition at the company's head office. Based on an "I'm a designer, get me out of here" theme, the jungle look included a Tank of Terror, dunny, camp fire, millions of vines and leaves, as well as printed T-shirts. The team, including Anna Andrews, Christina Gill, Carla Ward, Simon Hill, Vicki Watkin, Richard Dawson, Janine Jones, Emma Hill, Dawn Mooney and Deborah Armstrong, won the top prize of £100, which was donated to baby charity Tommy's.

INTRODUCING BAUGUR'S NEWEST BIG FISH

Nadine Jones made her first outing as the new Baugur HR director at the Christmas party of executive recruitment company Green Park, which placed her with the Icelandic firm. Green Park director Steve Baggi was on hand to celebrate. But what's next for Jones? "I need to learn how to fish," she said. Clearly getting into the Icelandic groove then.

BORG'S BALL CONTROL

Tennis legend Bjorn Borg joined Selfridges creative director Alannah Weston to launch his underwear and swimwear range at the retailer's Birmingham Bullring store before Christmas. The Swedish brand is exclusive to Selfridges branches and since it launched in London in December, the collection has become the retailer's fastest-selling underwear brand ever.

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