Following raves for the Notes from New York concert at the Donmar Warehouse in March, things have turned decidedly sour (See News, 30 Apr 2004). Producer Neil Eckersley negotiated with DKNY (founded by Donna Karan) to have the four performers model outfits from the fashion house’s new spring/summer collection. However, according to a splash in yesterday’s Daily Express, Whatsonstage.com Award winner Craig Purnell has since jeopardised the sponsorship by failing to return “thousands of pounds worth of clothes”. Speaking to Whatsonstage.com, the producer described Purnell’s behaviour as “despicable” and said that legal action may now be the only course. However, Purnell’s story reads somewhat differently. He has told Whatsonstage.com that, after initially being told he could keep the clothes, he had been holding them awaiting payment for his part in the production, which was to be donated to a Bristol-based drugs charity. Meanwhile, DKNY now seems to want to wash its hands of the whole soiled situation.