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Off the Record: April 11, 2015

Our favourite April Fools’ Day jokes from the fashion world, Dame Vivienne Westwood is in the house

Drapers' news editor Kirsty McGregor

Drapers’ news editor Kirsty McGregor

Kirsty addresses the nation 

When the BBC needed an opinion on Marks & Spencer’s fortunes and the buzz surrounding the new Autograph knee-length suede skirt, who else would they call on but Drapers’ news editor Kirsty McGregor? 

Addressing the nation, Kirsty discussed the disconnect between what customers want from M&S (affordable fashion) and the retailers’ push on trend-led pieces.

Wool for All Seasons

The Wool for All Seasons event showcased designs by brands including Victoria Beckham, Sibling and Christopher Raeburn

Wool’s not just for winter

Taking over the loft space at The Ivy restaurant in London, the Wool For All Seasons event organised by Woolmark featured spring 15 pieces from 11 brands and designers such as Victoria Beckham, Christopher Raeburn, Sibling and Marks & Spencer. Designers Lou Dalton, whose jumper is pictured, and Holly Fulton discussed the qualities of wool with fashion writer and International Woolmark Prize judge Colin McDowell and Lindsay Taylor, group sales director of cloth supplier Holland & Sherry. 

Drapers' editorial director Eric Musgrave

Drapers’ editorial director Eric Musgrave

Desperately seeking Drapers
Do you have any old copies of Drapers (or Drapers Record!) you no longer need, asks editorial director Eric Musgrave? Our official archive, held at the London College of Fashion, has hundreds of volumes going back at far as the first edition of 6 August 1887. But bizarrely, it is missing quite a few from recent years, so we are looking for any issues in good condition dated between July 2005 and August 2013. If you have any to donate, please email [email protected] to give us details. Any older issues (of The Drapers’ Record, Drapers Record, DR The Fashion Business, Men’s Wear, Menswear, Fashion Weekly or FW) will also be gratefully received!

The Original Dog boot by Hunter

The Original Dog boot by Hunter

Fashionable Fools

The fashion world entered into the spirit of April Fools’ Day last week, with everyone from House of Fraser to iconic London boutique Browns getting in on the act. Our favourite prank - not least because we love the picture - was the announcement of the launch of dog Wellington boots from British brand Hunter.

A Vivienne Westwood dress at Danson House

A Vivienne Westwood dress at Danson House

Westwood designs are picture perfect

A new exhibition at Danson House in Bexleyheath, Kent, gives Dame Vivienne Westwood’s designs pride of place in the opulent surroundings of this Georgian villa. The show highlights the influence of the 18th century on the designer by placing pieces from some of Westwood’s most groundbreaking collections in the 1990s next to rococo paintings by French artists such as Jean-Antoine Watteau and François Boucher.


From left to right: Skechers marketing director Will Cheung, Kelly Brook and Skechers managing director Peter Youell

From left to right: Skechers marketing director Will Cheung, Kelly Brook and Skechers managing director Peter Youell

Kelly Brook steps up for Skechers

Model Kelly Brook flashed her DD (that’s double denim) at the launch of her global campaign with footwear brand Skechers. The 35-year-old (seen here with Skechers’ marketing manager Will Cheung and managing director Peter Youell) laced up in the brand’s memory foam trainers to appear at the Sky Bar in Aspers Casino at Westfield Stratford City. As brand ambassador, Brook follows in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

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