Getting Lipsy with Michelle Keegan
British actress Michelle Keegan is following in the footsteps of the Kardashians by launching her first ever fashion line for Lipsy. The former Coronation Street star and girlfriend of TOWIE hunk Mark Wright has created a range for the high street brand which represents her own style and that of today’s party girl. The 30-piece collection features everything from chic monochrome dresses to colourful cute cover-ups and will launch in the UAE next month. Ahlan! got to chat to the lady herself about fashion, fun and packing the right gear for Dubai.
What’s the inspiration behind the collection?
A lot of it is inspired by my own style, and I’ve tried to make all of the pieces very wearable from day to night.
Do you have a favourite piece?
I love it all, but my faves have to be the white two-piece set (left), the blue lace cami with gold detailing and the white dress with black detailing (below).
Have you worn any of it yourself?
I actually wore one piece to my recent birthday bash.
How much of the design process were you involved in?
All of it. I didn’t just want to put my name to something and not have any input into it, so I made sure I was involved from start to finish.
Will we see you concentrating more on designing than on acting in the future?
I’d love to. At the moment, I’m focusing on this project, but fashion is something I’ve always been interested in, so I would love to become more involved.
Lipsy has also worked with the Kardashians. How does your collection differ from theirs?
My range is quite personal to me, as theirs is to them. Each is so different from the other.
Who’s your favourite designer?
Victoria Beckham. I love that she always looks elegant and never gets it wrong.
We know you’re a big fan of Dubai. What essentials do you insist on packing when you visit?
A kaftan and a cocktail dress is essential. It also gets chilly at night in winter, so I make sure I bring a wrap or shawl.
Your partner Mark also has his own fashion ranges – would the two of you ever consider teaming up on a design project?
Mark is great with fashion and he loves it too, so I’d never say never. At the moment we’re both working on separate projects, but it’s definitely something to think about.
What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever been given?
Always feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you don’t, it shows and you won’t look good.
INFO: The Love Michelle Keegan collection hits Lipsy stores across the UAE on Sun 17 Aug