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Off the Record, January 11 2014

The Drapers social whirl.

History repeats itself

Debenhams’ discount strategy did it few favours before Christmas, but we have discovered that the retailer was just upholding an ancient tradition. This archive issue of our mag reveals the group’s predecessor, Debenham & Freebody, was using an all-too-familiar slogan back in the summer of 1897.

Covent Garden party

Accessories designer Sophia Webster transformed her pop-up shop at 38 King Street (open until February 28) in Covent Garden into a Christmas-themed garden party, complete with shoe-adorned trees. Fashion’s finest stepped into Christmas, sipping Baileys cocktails and singing festive songs, while trying on some seriously stylish shoes and accessories.

Stepping it up

Gieves & Hawkes put its new wholesale menswear collection on a pedestal at its London Collections: Men reception on Monday night. Well, a few dozen pedestals actually as all the models were positioned on plinths looking down at the champagne-quaffing crowd. Spotted in the melee were (left) Nick Sullivan, fashion supremo at American Esquire, and James Shepherd, head of sales for Gieves & Hawkes wholesale.

Issa draws a crowd

Womenswear label Issa hosted a private view of the new Fashion Illustration Gallery at auction house Christie’s in London. The evening included a talk by fashion journalist Tim Blanks and was attended by Camilla Al Fayed and journalist Susie Menkes.

Champagne and smoked salmon canapés were served as guests viewed the collection.

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