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MYLEENE’S MOST GLAMOROUS COLLECTION

Myleene Klass for Littlewoods.com  embargoed until 00.01 6th October 2014.jpg

 

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to musician and presenter Myleene Klass’s AW14/15 fashion launch in the Sanderson Hotel. By the time I pitched up, hoards of paps were waiting outside the venue all vying for the best position to photograph Ms Klass. No one was disappointed when this mother of two eventually arrived looking stunning and SO shapely in a tightly fitted orange maxi dress and smattering of gold jewellery.

 

I left the electrical storm of flash bulbs and made my way to the Penthouse where the party was in full swing. Since 2012 when Klass joined force with Littlewoods.com her collection has gone from strength to strength. The Myleene range now includes fashion, lingerie and make-up too.

 

STRAPLESS SEQUIN  LEOPARD PRINT EVENING DRESS £219
STRAPLESS SEQUIN LEOPARD PRINT EVENING DRESS £219

It wasn’t long before Myleene breezed into the press show looking radiant. She had changed from her show stopping number into a more ‘girly girl’ 50’s floral dress. Myleene happily mixed with all the journalists, stylists and bloggers. She’s very bubbly and her infectious laugh shows off her great sense of fun.

 

Myleene was keen to show off the rails of clothes at the launch. I studied the new Littlewoods.com range carefully. There is a great mix of clothes – tight shift dresses to relaxed sweaters, marshmallow pink faux fur coats to sexy red leather shifts.

Marlene explains she wants everyone to be included. “I always try and design for all shapes, all ages, all sizes.”

 

BLACK LEATHER FISHTAIL BALLGOWN £219
BLACK LEATHER FISHTAIL BALLGOWN £219

The lingerie range was really impressive. There’s a good array of colours and styles and I was very pleased that the range goes from 32B to 40E. These larger sizes are much appreciated by us more voluptuous ladies.

 

The make-up range looked beautiful too. Sporting Myleene’s signature leopard print on the packaging, it would look great on anyone’s dressing table. Like me this lady loves a bit of animal print.

MYLEENE'S SIGNATURE PRINT - LEOPARD
MYLEENE’S SIGNATURE PRINT – LEOPARD

 

But what I really LOVED was the eveningwear collection. Anyone who thought that Littlewoods.com was just for the older lady or great for dressing the kids has to think again when they see this collection. It is Klassy with a capital K !

 

The strapless, sequin studded leopard print evening dress, £249 and the black leather, fishtail ball gown, £219 are take your breath away stylish and look so current. They really are designer looks at amazing prices. As Myleene so proudly says,

“My collection is designed to provide affordable luxury for every woman – you deserve it”

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I’m not surprised these pieces are selling like hot cakes. In the fashion world this is ground breaking stuff, shaking off any old fuddy-duddy catalogue image. People will see the brand in a new light. It has to be praised.

 

Well I’ve been swayed. I’ve put my order in for the leather dress and really hoping   to raise a few eyebrows at the Christmas party – just need to lose a couple of pounds now…..

 

 

 

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES AT SHOWGIRL SHOOT – GLEMHAM HALL


It was a chilly winters day when we arrived early in Glemham Hall, a magnificent stately home, in the heart of Suffolk. The team – photographer Richard Burns, Hair & Make-Up artist Sally Kvalheim, model Jessica from Models 1 and I, the stylist were all excited about our ‘showgirl’ shoot.

 

Photo shoots always sound so glamorous and although I wouldn’t trade in my job for anything else, behind the scenes, the reality can be quite different ! The first task in the morning is lugging all the props, clothes and heavy photographic equipment into the location. Glemham Hall really is a huge rambling house, originally built in 1560 and is packed with eclectic furniture and priceless antiques. We were shooting in one of the upstairs wings so we had to do umpteen trips, schlepping equipment through the meandering maze of rooms.

 

Lingerie by Fauve Lingerie. Kimono by Beyond Retro
Lingerie by Fauve Lingerie. Kimono by Beyond Retro

Eventually we chose a space which we used as our dressing room. I set up my rails and hung up all the gorgeous showgirl outfits, meanwhile Sally positioned her beauty quarters by a large window so she had the best possible light to do make-up and hair.

 

Whilst Sally was creating a fabulous look on model Jessica, Richard and I had a good look around Glemham Hall. How had he found this impressive location?

“When we first moved to Suffolk, we met other creative people who all said we should take a look at Glemham. I did and fell in love with it.” Explained Richard, “ I loved the faded grandeur, the rooms look opulent yet slightly crumbling in places. Photographically it really is a stunning place.”

 

Silk dress by Vera Mont
Silk dress by Vera Mont

We weren’t the first photographic team to shoot here. In fact it has long been a favourite with Tim Walker, a hugely inspirational photographer whose breathtakingly beautiful and magically eccentric work has graced the pages of Vogue, Love and I-D.

 

Glemham Hall was the perfect theatrical backdrop for the shoot. I wanted the sense of silver screen glamour with our starlet ‘dressing up’ in silk lingerie through to dramatic satin, feather and sequin stage wear.

 

Lingerie by Dolci Follie, Shoes, Louboutin
Lingerie by Dolci Follie, Shoes, Louboutin

Model, Jessica made the shots look effortless. You wouldn’t believe that most of the outfits had been so pinned down the back she could hardly move. Or the fact that it was so cold in our wing you could see your own breath! After every shot we would throw blankets over Jessica to try and stop her from turning blue!

 

Photographer Richard cleverly turned the cold, dull day to our advantage, balancing the daylight with artificial light for a beautiful radiant look.

All in all we were a great team and the shots look amazing. As we were leaving I couldn’t help but notice the wonderful garden and sculpture park. Perhaps we could shoot something fabulous in the grounds next summer. I do hope so – Fingers crossed.

 

All photography copyright Richard Burns
Glemham Hall. All photography copyright Richard Burns

ATOMIC KITTEN LIZ McCLARNON LINGERIE LAUNCH

Liz McClaron

By the time I arrived at the press launch in the swanky suite of the Ham Yard Hotel, Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon had slung off her shoes and was right at home nattering about her new lingerie collection with all the other stylists and bloggers.

 

Comfort is of the element for Liz. Her aim, she told me when launching her debut lingerie range for Fashion World was to produce a beautiful supportive collection that women of all sizes would feel comfortable wearing.

 

And this range definitely embraces all women whatever their size. Being a more voluptuous lady myself I was practically whooping for joy when I heard the range goes from size 12 to 32 and bras from sizes 34B to 50DD. Woo Hoo!

 

Liz explained, “In the past I’ve been so many different sizes. My weight would yoyo from a size 8 to a size 16. So I understand. I didn’t want to launch a range full of tiny G strings for skinny minnies. I worked closely with the team to create pieces that were covering and flattering for real women. Lingerie that was feminine and sexy too!”

 

Bird Print Body Shaper, £38
Bird Print Body Shaper, £38

 

After the success of her swimwear range last season for Fashion World, Liz has enjoyed getting even more involved with the brand.

“I want it all to look perfect. Sometimes we have meetings about the lingerie and loungewear that have included breakfast, lunch and dinner!”

 

The lovely thing about Liz is that she is so enthusiastic and friendly. I can see why Fashion World enjoy working with her. She genuinely takes an interest in people around her.This is so refreshing in the world of celebs. I once spent an entire day in the studio styling a ‘celebrity’ and wasn’t even asked my name! Awkward. So there I was on my hands and knees perfecting her look – smoothing down her knickers ensuring no VPL, putting my hand up her skirt to straighten her tucked in shirt and taping up her bosoms to make sure she had the perfect plunge. Well, call me old fashioned, but anyone playing around with my cleavage has to be on first name terms… .

 

Liverpudlian Liz has enough time for everyone. She talked me through her entire lingerie and loungewear collection piece by piece. I’ve already got my eye on the tartan balcony bra and high cut knicker set and the beautiful bird print bodyshaper looks like it might hide a multitude of sins…

 

So there’s no stopping this Atomic Kitten, swimwear, loungewear, lingerie. Whatever next?

Me and Liz McClarnon
Becky John and Liz McClarnon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWIMWEAR SHOOT

Just recently I headed off to a studio in Shoreditch for a swimwear shoot with brand Bikinifling.

It was an action packed day with great results, here’s a little taster of the shoot………

Photography: Rod Howe

Hair & Make-up: Carol Morley

Styling: (me!) www.beckyjohnstylist.com

Bikinifling lilac 2 piece.
Bikinifling lilac 2 piece.

 

Bikinifling Black triangle bikini
Bikinifling black triangle bikini

 

Bikinifling green print 2 piece
Bikinifling green print 2 piece
Bikinifling print 2 piece
Bikinifling print 2 piece