The Serpentine Gallery, Christmas cocktails and a Leeds tailoring masterclass.
Come rain or shine
An umbrella was the prized accessory at the annual Cos Park Nights party at the Serpentine Galleries Pavilion in London’s Hyde Park. In the summer drizzle, Drapers snapped Martin Andeon (head of menswear design), Marie Honda (managing director) and Karin Gustafsson (head of womenswear design), flanked by Serpentine Galleries’ Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones.
In Rayne’s regal footsteps
A roof terrace at The Dorchester was the suitably swanky venue for the launch of Rayne: Shoes for Stars, a history of the English footwear brand written by Michael Pick (centre). Reminiscing about the days of royal warrants were fourth-generation shoemaker Nick Rayne (right) and furniture designer Thomas Messel. In 1960 the stage designer Oliver Messel, Thomas’ uncle, created the innovative Delman shoe store in Old Bond Street for Nick’s father, Edward Rayne.
Celebrating the suit capital of the world
An appreciation of British tailoring is running at Leeds City Museum until 3 January 2016. Tailored: A Very British Fashion includes exhibits dating back to the 18th century, with the most modern being a bespoke suit created for the show by Leeds-born Savile Row cutter Kathryn Sargent. Leeds was the “suit capital of the world” until the 1970s, boasting dozens of factories from the likes of Montague Burton, Joseph Hepworth & Son, Sumrie and Berwin & Berwin.
Deck the halls
Snow fell, elves served mince pies and a gospel choir serenaded exhibitors and visitors on the first day of The London Textile Fair at Islington’s Business Design Centre (July 15). The theme of this year’s party was – you guessed it – Christmas! And no festive celebration would be complete without Father Christmas, who sat in his grotto giving out presents with a cheeky bottle of Asahi at the ready.
Too hot to handle
Owner of Hotter shoes Stewart Houlgrave picked up the Queen’s Award for International Trade this week from Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. Houlgrave, whose parents established the label in 1959, runs one of the UK’s biggest shoemakers, which manufactures 1.7 million pairs of shoes per year – that’s one pair every 20 seconds.
Jingle all the way
River Island gave the Drapers team a festive feeling last week with its annual Christmas in July press show. Guests were treated to cocktails served in Christmas tree baubles and ice cream sandwiches as they had a sneak peek of what the high street chain has in store for shoppers this December.
Arcadia owner Sir Philip Green, Selfridges group managing director Paul Kelly, Fenwick chairman Mark Fenwick, Harvey Nichols chief executive Stacey Cartwright and Harrods managing director Michael Ward joined London mayor Boris Johnson and New West End Company chief executive Richard Dickinson in a pledge to create 2,000 jobs for Londoners if Sunday trading hours are extended. “There are a few egos in that picture,” observed one bystander, but the PR executive in charge of shepherding the retail magnates into a picture outside Fenwick on New Bond Street insisted they were all quite well behaved.