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Off the record: May 18 2013

Crew Clothing was oarsome, summer hit Carnaby Street and charity began at Fox & Feather.

WHAT Crew Clothing and Steve McPherson limited edition ‘Fogle Short’ launch with Plastic Oceans

WHERE The Thames Running Club, Putney Embankment

Crew Clothing

Crew Clothing brand ambassador Ben Fogle (centre, with Crew managing director Octavia Morley to his right) challenged sailor Dee Caffari and rower Roz Savage to a race along the Thames to celebrate Crew’s 20th anniversary. Fogle also showed off his namesake shorts. Profits from the range will go to marine charity Plastic Oceans.

Row your boat Fogle set a time of 36.7 seconds for 200m, which the public will aim to beat as part of Crew’s Row to Win UK tour.

WHAT British designer Maria Grachvogel, TV presenter Laura Whitmore and Harvey Nichols fashion director Paula Reed host an afternoon of style advice and pampering

Maria Grachvogel, Laura Whitmore and Paula Reed

Maria Grachvogel, Laura Whitmore and Paula Reed

WHERE Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park, London

Grachvogel (left), Whitmore (centre) and Reed (right) teamed up to host the event, which offered Elemis mini hand massages, Shay and Blue fragrance profiling and fashion tips.

The food Tea, plus rosemary and lavender biscuits.

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WHAT The most successful Carnaby Summer Shopping Party to date

WHERE Carnaby Street, London

Thousands of shoppers descended on the legendary fashion street to receive 20% discounts as well as a host of in-store experiences, from live music to nail treatments. Terry de Havilland (eft) signed his iconic shoes in his new Carnaby boutique, Revival Retro in Kingly Court hosted a Gatsby-themed party, and G-Star treated shoppers to a magician and champagne.

The food Goodie bags contained tasty treats while shoppers also used their discounts in local restaurants.

WHAT Fashion show for charity Sue Ryder Care

WHERE Indie Fox & Feather in Bristol

Sue Ryder care fashion show

Sue Ryder care fashion show

Fox & Feather, Louche London, Sugarhill Boutique, Goldie London and Nancy Dee joined forces to put on a charity catwalk for customers, bloggers, press and businesses, who were hoping to strike it lucky in the accompanying raffle - the top prize was £100, but donated items from Orelia, Nancy Dee, Brat & Suzie and others were also up for grabs.

Model behaviour Everyone enjoyed a glass or two of champagne as the models strutted their stuff.

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