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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

IN PARTY MOOD WITH GHARANI STROK

Fashion faces were out in force at the Gharani Strok after-show party, which was held at Crystal club in central London during London Fashion Week. Co-designers Nargess Gharani and Vanya Strok hung out with revellers, including Daily Telegraph writer Hilary Alexander.

TAXI RANKS TOP FOR RETAIL

Drapers reporters Laura Weir and Pam Tate were returning to the office from a boozy press lunch last week and just happened to hail the world's only Retail Trust cab. The cabbie proudly showed off his mobile phone images of Mosaic boss Derek Lovelock and M&S's Stuart Rose, before dropping the two hacks back at Drapers Towers.

TAKING A FALL FOR FASHION

Designer Gareth Pugh went too far at his London Fashion Week show last week. Not only did he keep the expectant crowd waiting in their seats for well over an hour, but he made half of his models wear face masks without any air holes. This poor specimen valiantly made it all the way down the catwalk and most of the way back before keeling over. At least her ultra-padded mac helped to cushion her fall.

WORSHIP AT THE ALTAR OF FOOTWEAR

The footwear sector turned out for The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers' seventh annual dinner. Granted a Royal Charter in 1670, the Pattenmakers is one of London's old livery companies. Enjoying the fun were Jones Bootmaker non-executive director Ken Bartle, Italian footwear maker Loretta Bonetto, Lance Clark of Clarks, and Timpsons non-executive director Patrick Farmer (1). Also at the bash were Shoe Studio Group founder David Spitz and Dune MD Daniel Rubin (2); and Stuart Marsh Shoes boss Stuart Marsh, flanked by his sons Richard (left) and Philip (3).

A NAME THAT STICKS IN THE THROAT

One of the joys of international travel is that foreign languages often provide a giggle. And at last week's Milano Unica fabric fair, UK visitors were seen sniggering at the name of one exhibitor. Of course, Drapers is too phlegmatic for such behaviour.

DIVAS ARE THE REAL DEAL

It was mayhem at Italian brand Pinko's London store last week as two reputed mega-divas turned up at the Brompton Road boutique. Supermodel Naomi Campbell (1) and singer Mariah Carey (2), the face of the brand, sent the waiting paparazzi into a frenzy.

FULL HOUSE AT BINGO NIGHT

The Debenhams lingerie team had lots to smile about at the Contour bingo night at Triumph's showrooms in London last week. From left, Debenhams' Helen Diston was hoping that colleagues Helen Hua and Stephanie Liberman would share some of their winnings (1). For those who lost out at bingo, Lepel's Tracy Winter and Peter Cronin of Panache picked out numbers for the raffle (2).

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