It was all glitter and sequins at the Strictly Come Dancing launch event – except for host Claudia Winkleman, who shunned the sparkles for a stylish tailored tuxedo instead. Giving off major cool girl vibes, Claudia's blazer and tuxedo trousers had an air of the iconic YSL Le Smoking suit, but was in fact from good old Zara. The tuxedo style blazer, costing £69.99, features a silky lapel and matching pockets while the trousers, £29.99, are a forever flattering tapered style. She teamed the suit with sleek black heels, hoops and wore her hair in a messy bun.
Claudia's look was reminiscent of Duchess Meghan's, who has worn similar suits in the past. She first wore an Alexander McQueen suit to an awards ceremony in London in February, and a Givenchy tuxedo in July while in Dublin. On both occasions, Meghan wore her hair loose and layered the suits over a white top.
By contrast, Claudia's fellow host Tess Daly had a major metallic moment in a stunning chrome gown from Galvan London. The silver and black dress, retailing for £950, featured chrome sequins, a high neck and stretch tulle panels along the side. Judges Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas made sure their outfits brought the drama too; Darcey chose a dramatic fuschia pink Caroline Castigliano ballgown accessorised with a pair of stunning diamond earrings and Shirley was all white in a halter-neck dress with a sheer pearl encrusted cape swept over her shoulders.
The launch night signals the start of Strictly fever, and saw contestants including Katie Piper, Stacey Dooley, Faye Tozer and Charles Venn shimmy down the red carpet with professional dancers Kevin Clifton, Oti Mabuse and Giovanni Pernice. The BBC series starts on September 8 with a launch show and will features special guests Nile Rodgers and Chic, Craig David and Stefflon Don.
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