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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE

As buyers descended on Dusseldorf for the CPD show, they could be forgiven for being rather confused about the weather. There were no icy temperatures outside, but inside the fashion houses, showrooms and exhibition centre it was a different matter. If people weren't frolicking in the snow (1), they were making hay (2) or exposed to blistering Sahara sunshine (3). Luckily, there was plenty of German beer on hand to soothe the confusion.

DON'T STEP ON MY BLUE SUEDE SHOES

At the WSA footwear show in Las Vegas last week, Elvis Presley ensured that no one was lonesome tonight when he stopped by to say hello. In no time at all, show-goers were feeling all shook up as the King treated them to a little Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog. There were only a few suspicious minds who doubted his authenticity. Viva las Vegas.

LEAVING HIS MARK

Who's Next in Paris was awash with directional product - enough to keep even the most lethargic of buying minds busy. So there can be no excuse for such blatant tagging of the exhibition halls. Can someone please hand this man an Asbo?

DOGGY STYLE

Pooch fashion can be cute if you're an LA airhead whose biggest anxiety is signing up a celeb stylist for your Shih Tzu. So the new doggy trends presented at Who's Next in Paris should provide sartorial respite for cutesy canine lovers. From Nick Kershaw-inspired snoods to S&M fetishist chains, there's something to suit almost any eventuality.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Cavori was named Own Label Supplier of the Year and Morrison McConnell was voted Branded Supplier of the Year at the AIS Menswear show's dinner last week. Morrison McConnell sales boss Paul Rigby (1) and Cavori MD Chris Tonge (2) received the awards from AIS head of menswear Richard Ireland.

FREAKING OUT

The last thing a show-weary buyer wants at the end of an afternoon spent pounding the halls at Pret a Porter in Paris is to be accosted by something that looks like a freak from a circus sideshow. What this woman represented we still don't know, but the Drapers team has not been sleeping properly since.

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