It’s Blackpool time again as Strictly makes it’s annual trip to iconic Tower Ballroom. It’s the biggest week in the series and wardrobe and production pull out all the stops. Think more of everything: feathers, crystals, sequins, glitter and general gorgeousness. I can’t wait. (Also the wrap party at The big Blue is legendary. But that’s another whole story...)
Claudia Winkleman's stylist Sinead McKeefry
I love Blackpool Tower Ballroom. It’s so nostalgic for me having visited there as a child but I think even more so it evokes memories of watching Come Dancing with my Mum and being obsessed with the dancing and the glamour. For me, I love the traditional style of ballroom dresses all feather-trimmed chiffon dresses and dusty pastel tones twirling around the dance floor. Inspired by my memories, I’ve put together a little selection of Strictly specials which will take you through to Christmas Party time too.
The Vampire's wife new collection campaign features, amongst others, Kate Moss, Amanda Harlech, Keira Knightley, and also co-founder Suzie Cave and her husband Nick Cave. The dresses are all pastel and shimmery with the odd black number a node toward the gothic. The shapes have slightly moved on to a more relaxed silhouette from previous seasons.
I love that you can wear their romantic dresses with a heavy boot or Converse (think 90’s grunge) or go romantic with vintage-inspired accessories. I have my eye on these Mary Janes from Miu Miu. These are designer, but you'll find find versions of these in Zara, Topshop and ASOS. If you do invest in a designer though think about how you can wear those beauties in other ways. Maybe an ankle sock a vintage jean, tee-shirt and an oversized blazer. They are a classic after all so you will wear for years.
Try pairing them with this Vanina's Inagua bag which is just too sweet for words (Monsoon has a cheaper alternative.) I just love all these textures together. Also, you do not need to go to Bond Street earings when you can get this pair from ASOS for £8. Love these.
Make up wise when wearing pastels and dusty colours it's always so chic to do a bit of a lip. I’m really enjoying Deep Orchid by Pat McGrath. Although I won’t lie, I’d buy anything from the range purely for the packaging.
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