Dancing and dining
What can I say about Monday night’s workout at the Pineapple Dance Studios, followed by dinner at the Ivy? Memorable, would be an apt description. Me and my lucky cohorts were gifted a lovely big goody bag before the event (which is always a nice touch) containing our choices from the imminent ASOS Pineapple Originals collection plus a pair of I-think-these-are-ironic legwarmers and a copy of Pineapple founder Debbie Moore’s autobiography, When a Woman Means Business.*
We were asked to arrive wearing our chosen dancewear so I obediently turning up in my leopard-print body and Pineapple-logo slouchy tee. “It won’t be a hard workout” promised the PR who I can reveal to be a dirty, rotten, low-down liar. Readers, we stretched, reached, arched, gyrated, catwalked, vogued, huffed and puffed our way through the workout. It looked a bit like this. It was brilliant actually, we totally tore it up. Even better was post-workout we tottered along the Covent Garden cobbles (by now out of our Lycra and into our heels obv) to the Ivy where we were entertained by dance teacher Louie Spence and Miss Pineapple, Debbie Moore herself. Wow, could these two tell stories (alas, not much that can be repeated here – or anywhere else for that matter).
Debbie’s story is a fascinating one though. She started off as a model before deciding to open a dance studio in an old pineapple warehouse. Don’t forget, this was the eighties, before Tamara Mellon and Natalie Massenet and Debbie had not an O’level to her name nor an iota of business experience. Not long after, she launched her clothing line and shortly after that she became the first woman to float a company on the London Stock Exchange. A few years later she bought the company back and continues to run it from the same building in Langley Street.
The collection launches next month so you will be able to judge for yourself but here is a sneak peak for now…
*Reading it already. It’s excellent.
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29 August, 2009 @ 5:53 pm
I loved Pineapple – had a few of their bits in the 80s/90s. Their stuff always washed well and retained a good shape.
29 August, 2009 @ 6:13 pm
Oh my god :) Sounds like so much fun!!! I love ASOS :) That bodysuit is gorgeous, and i'm so jealous of you lucky people who get invited to these things!
Love your blog.
29 August, 2009 @ 11:33 pm
The new Pineapple collection looks awesomeee… you're so lucky you got to test drive a few pieces!
30 August, 2009 @ 9:42 am
I can't, can't, can't do 'bodies' again….memories of constant re-adjustments as it invariably settled into a 'thong' position – tooooo uncomfortable for words!
Liberty London Girl
20 September, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
OMG my first leotard was from Pineapple, aged 11. It was my birthday present. Matching silver sparkly tights and a silver belt. VERY outré for the mid 80s. (Before tweens looked like mini porn stars)
And do you remember Pineapple in Miss Selfridge?!