Just in case you missed it, on Tuesday 16th August we had Arlene Phillips all to ourselves for an hour on the Marisota Facebook page to answer your questions about her collection, Marisota and all things Dance! Here’s what you asked, and her answers!
Good evening everyone! We are delighted to welcome the fabulous Arlene Phillips along for our very first Facebook chat! Simply post your questions to Arlene here on the Marisota wall, be quick though we only have her for 1 hour!
Arlene: Hello everyone! Here I am ready to take your questions!
Natty: Hi Arlene have you always been interested in fashion and what made you work for Marisota?
Arlene: Natty I’ve always had a passion for fashion and when Marisota approached me to design a collection for them I was really excited because it’s for women just like me
Jennie :Hi Arlene, which is your favourite item from your range? x
Arlene: Jennie I’m secretly excited about my NEW collection that’s coming up and I’m in love with every item, I did the photo session for the catalogue last weekend and I cannot choose which is the favourite item.
Fiona: Hi Arlene. I’m dying to know have you kept any of your outfits from the Hot Gossip days?? Do you ever still wear them? Did they inspire any of the pieces in your Marisota collection? Thanks Fiona
Arlene: Fiona I still have a few old Hot Gossip clothes in the dressing up box that my daughters used to raid! and I CERTAINLY don’t wear them!!! The only way they inspire me is by making the best of your body whatever your body is like.
LaCara: Hi Arlene, what was your inspiration for your line?
Arlene: my inspiration is what makes curvy girls look good!
Victoria: Hi Arlene! I admire your style and wanted to know what the best fashion tip you’ve ever been given was. x
Arlene: The best fashion tip I’ve ever been given is, never be afraid to explore your own style, whether it’s clashing colours or wacky styling it will all come into fashion at some time and you can say you were ahead of it.
Amy: Hi Arlene, what would be your fashion advice for curvy girls?x
Arlene: My fashion advice for curvy girls is show off your assets, I’ve always been a firm believer in the fact that men like curvy girls, so don’t be afraid to let the clothes cling.
LaCara: Who are your favourite designers, and why?
Arlene: My favourite designers are Phillip Lim, because he does lots of things with sleeves, and I personally am not keen on the bare am look, also Stella McCartney because I think she designs for all shapes and sizes
Shirley: Random Question for Arlene – Being a former teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios did you watch the TV series with Louis Spence? If so did you enjoy it?
Arlene: Hi Shirley, I didn’t see the whole series, but having worked as a choreographer and using Louie as a dancer in the past, I watched it whenever I could, I’ve been a friend of Debbie Moore’s since long before Pineapple days and tried to watch everything she does.
Arlene: A question from me: if I could design something especially for you, what would it be and why?
Jennie: I think a real staple look so it can be dressed up or down x
Arlene: Thanks Jennie, I agree and I think you’ll be very pleased with the upcoming collection as it does just that!
LaCara: A staple piece, like a dress or jacket, so that I can wear it to any occasion and style it accordingly
Arlene: LaCara yes definitely!
Sue: An outfit for best like I had when I was a kid!! Reason being not only am I a size 16 I am also only 5ft 4 so I find it hard to get the right proportions to make something look really special
Arlene: Hi Sue, I’m not much more than 5ft 3 myself, I find a simple dress either block colour or simple pattern that has one special detail like my Jersey dress available in red and blue is perfect for that outfit for ‘Best’
Jenny: What’s your favourite show that you’ve choreographed?
Arlene: I will probably have to say my first, Starlight Express, but I’m passionate about all of the others.
Sali: As you were a SYTYCD judge and as you are a dancer yourself, what genre of dance do you like to watch?
Arlene: Sali, I’m passionate about Argentine Tango.
Peter: Did Marisota give you carte blanche to design your own collection?
Arlene: Hi Peter, nice to answer a question from a man. Marisota gave me complete freedom to come up with my collection. Like everything it takes time and I think my new collection for 2012 has got it absolutely right.
Teresa: Hello Arlene…. I just wondered how important you consider gymnastic ability is whilst training to be a dancer these days? x
Arlene: Flexibility is of major importance and it’s always useful for a dancer to have tricks up their sleeve such as gymnastics when they’re auditioning.
Emma: Hi Arlene, as you know, I’m a big fan of your style. I was just wondering what your favourite trends are for the autumn? Emma x
Arlene: Autumn’s about being brave, wearing brights, clashing patterns and colours and putting things together by being fiercely individual
Nadia: Hi Arlene, I was just wondering what inspired you whilst designing your collection for Marisota?
Arlene: My inspiration often starts with colour and I like to think of the way my body moves in clothes you could say I enjoy dancing with colour! I’m constantly wrapping fabrics around me and then moving – if I like the way it looks in the mirror, then I get to work on the shapes.
Rosie: Hi Arlene, what colour can’t you live without in your wardrobe and why?
Arlene: It has to be bright pink, probably because it’s a colour that always lifts my spirits and it’s most certainly a colour that turns heads, sometimes for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong! Love it or hate it, PINK it is!
Gillian: Arlene, I just wanted to say that you seem to be a very nice lady and i just love your clothes. Thank you.
Wow, can’t believe how quick an hour flies by! Well that is it I am afraid we are now at the end of our live Facebook chat with Arlene Phillips. Arlene, thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of our questions it’s been fantastic and thank you to all of you for your great questions, keep an eye on our page for more great events like this one. Plus you can catch up with Arlene on her Twitter page or on the official Arlene Phillips Facebook page!