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The spookiest day of the year is nearly here…

Although you’d be forgiven for thinking it had already been and gone, judging by the number of Halloween parties that were going on over the past weekend – including Halloween specials on the X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. I particularly enjoy these programmes around Halloween week because the show producers ramp up the kitschness to the max, with full-on zombie make-up, scary staging, spooky props and amazing costumes.

Of course, I’m a fan of all outlandish costumes and I love getting inspiration for my own scary outfits for Halloween. So I’ve chosen some of my favourite outfits from the spooky specials and have put together my own mood board for creating freaky fashion looks for this scary time of the year, featuring items from ASOS, John Lewis, Debenhams and

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Strictly Tutus – Alesha Dixon & guest judge Jennifer Grey

I was amazed to see a new guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend – Dirty Dancing superstar Jennifer Grey.

She has previously competed on Dancing with the Stars in the US and won the series. Does this qualify her to perform as a guest judge on the UK version of the show? Her situation is similar to Alesha Dixon; (gratuitously pictured here in a lovely pink & white tutu!) competing in Strictly Come Dancing then taking over a judge role from renowned choreographer Arlene Phillips.

The most amazing part of the show for me was seeing how Jennifer Grey now looks. It’s been nearly 25 years since the release of Dirty Dancing; in fact, one of the professional dancers on the BBC show, Ola Jordan, became a dancer because she watched Dirty Dancing as a youngster. Yet Ms Grey still looks exactly the same! Well, not exactly the same, thanks to a little nose surgery, but age-wise she’s hardly aged at all. I want the name of her make-up artist… Or surgeon… Whichever.

Although I thought it was a massive incidence of cheating when Jennifer competed on Dancing with the Stars, having already proved she can dance perfectly well in the film, she insists that she is not a professional dancer and finds it difficult to remember sequences and steps, she’s just been lucky to have been taught by the best professionals in the business; the sadly departed Patrick Swayze and US dance star Derek Hough. Hmm. So with the training of such dance royalty maybe she is qualified to judge on the show.

Besides, its only for one night and everyone’s watching X-Factor anyway.

Here’s a few pics of everyone’s favourite scene from Dirty Dancing:


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Strictly Come Dancing – Another year, another tutu!

The new season of Strictly Come Dancing has started on the BBC and it begins the countdown to Christmas for me! And another reason I am excited about the new series is looking at the dancers beautiful costumes every week. As you can probably guess, I’m a sucker for all things frilly, sparkly and pink so I’ll probably be using Strictly as an excuse to slip on a pettiskirt every Saturday night & twirl around in front of the TV!

Here’s some of my favourite costumes from the first episodes of 2001:



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Celebrities & their tutus – The stars of Strictly Come Dancing

We expect a lot of sparkle and sequins on every series of Strictly Come Dancing, but more exciting for me is seeing the layers of tulle in the gorgeous dresses & flirty tutus for latin dance numbers. Here are some of the costumes that have inspired some of my tutu designs!

Vincent Simone Rachel Stevens and her dance partner Vincent Simone pose during the BBC Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2009 photocall at the Manchester Evening News Arena on January 21, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Vincent Simone;Rachel StevensRachel Stevens dancing with Vincent Simone in a hot pink and blue tutu dress and the lookey-likey version:

Jodie Kidd‘s promo shot for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing featured a leggy Jodie in a sparkly white skirt with gold top which influenced my design for a gold & white tutu:

Lisa Snowdon danced a sexy samba with Brendan Cole in this fruity frilly tutu dress and the Cassiefairy version included the same lime green, hot pink and orange tulle:

Personally, I can’t get enough of the jazzy costumes and sparkly tutus on the TV show, and I will no doubt be sharing more copy-cat designs with you over the coming months that pay homage to the glitzy skirts we see every year on Strictly Come Dancing.


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