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Off the record, December 6 2014

Soirées, successes and seasonal fun.

Santa is in the Pink

Despite apparently failing to read the care label before washing his red suit, Father Christmas turned up to launch the Black Friday activity for Thomas Pink. In his handsome Morgan, he toured London’s West End and City to highlight the menswear retailer’s discounts over the weekend.

 

Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink

A fine time

Womenswear brand Finery is tipped to be the next big thing and there was a suitably impressive turnout for its launch at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Burlington House in London last week. Guests milled around with tumblers of champagne, checking out the debut collection, which was as directional as you might expect from a team of ex-Asos.com/Topshop buyers and designers. At the centre of it all was this charismatic trio: Finery’s head of buying Rachel Morgans, brand director Caren Downie and head of design Emma Farrow.

 

Rachel Morgans, Caren Downie and Emma Farrow

Rachel Morgans, Caren Downie and Emma Farrow

All white now

Students at the Fashion Retail Academy in London were asked to design a shirt that could be both worn for cycling and to the office. From an initial entry of 60, these six will see their designs made up professionally, so congratulations go to (from left) Kate Kamsa, Ellie Sloane, Ella Lyons, Amelia Stevens, Avetis Shabazyan and Chiara Sardesai E Dias. Drapers’ Eric Musgrave (centre) and Mayur Tejura of sponsor Ringhart Fabrics were among the judges.

 

Fashion retail academy

Fashion retail academy

Rocking around the Claridge’s tree

London hotel Claridge’s got into the festive spirit with the unveiling of its tree, designed for the second year running by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The eight-metre tree is inspired by the Italian design duo’s childhood memories and features more than 300 glass baubles, oversized ribbons and woodland animals. It’s even more impressive than the one in the Drapers office, if you can believe it. A host of celebs turned out to admire it, including Kylie Minogue, actress Anna Kendrick and model Erin O’Connor.

 

Claridges

Claridges

No longer such a man’s world at The 39 Club

In a shock move, menswear agents’ association The 39 Club has admitted its first female member: Kamla Patel, sales manager at Gabicci (third from the right). As the networking club was set up in 1956, this is not before time. Along with drinking and gossiping, fundraising is a major activity for the 39ers and they recently handed over £1,200 to mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness. Well done, chaps (and chapess). 

 

The 39 Club

The 39 Club

 

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