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02nd June 2015

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Cheryl Cole goes dotty in tights

Cheryl Cole goes dotty in tights
Cheryl Cole may be about to spark a new leg wear trend after a recent photo shoot for InStyle magazine.

The singer and former X Factor judge posed in a pair of gorgeous sheer black polka dot tights for the front cover, as part of a monochrome look.

Standing pouting with her hands resting on her waist, Cheryl wore a girly pair of leather driving gloves and black top with contrasting white collar.

The fashion icon is reportedly now looking to lose her Cole surname, according to Now magazine.

An alleged pal of the Girls Aloud singer told the publication: "That surname is a big part of her brand, but it's also a huge reminder of her past. She wants a new look, a new career - and a new name."

Cheryl married England footballer Ashley Cole in 2005 and divorced him last year, citing irreconcilable differences.

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Kate Middleton boasts some 'influential' tights

Kate Middleton boasts some 'influential' tights
British fashionistas keen to get some inspiration for a sophisticated outfit for a special occasion should look no further than Kate Middleton.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is often photographed in flesh-coloured tights and a beautiful dress at official functions, has been named Britain's Best Dressed Woman by Harper's Bazaar.

Kate and sister Pippa have barely been out of international fashion headlines since her marriage to Prince William in Westminster Abbey in April this year, so it is little surprise she topped the list of the country's 20 Most Influentially-Attired.

The latest addition to the royal family has stolen the limelight from other fashionista frontrunners, including supermodel Kate Moss, actress Emma Watson and Samantha Cameron, prime minster David Cameron's wife.

Bazaar's editor Lucy Yeoman described the dress worn by Kate at the royal wedding as "the year's - if not the century's - most thrilling fashion moment".

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Royal underwear sells for £9,375

Royal underwear sells for £9,375

A pair of bloomers belonging to Queen Victoria has sold at auction for more than three times their original estimate.

The white silk underwear was expected fetch £3,000 but instead has sold for £9,375, including a buyer's premium of 25 per cent.

They were sold along with over 500 royal paintings, letters, furniture and other personal items at Edinburgh's Lyon & Turnbull auction house.

More than £3 million was made altogether from the collection which came from the contents of Old Battersea House, which is the London home of the US Forbes family.

While the publishing family currently reside in the house, over the years many famous visitors including former US president Ronald Reagan and actress Elizabeth Taylor have stayed at the property.

The bed in which the Hollywood icon slept in with her seventh husband Lord Fortensky, also made £9,375.

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Leighton Meester goes vintage in fishnet tights

Leighton Meester goes vintage in fishnet tights
Leighton Meester showed off a more vintage look on the set of hit US show Gossip Girl this week.

Dressed as her stylish alter-ego Blair Waldorf she wore a green cape coat, checked woollen dress and fishnet tights.

To accessorise this retro look the 25-year-old wore a lemon-lime pussy bow shirt, Hermes-style handbag and a patterned circular pillar box hat.

While filming in New York Leighton was photographed in scenes with her co-star Penn Badgley, who plays Dan Humphrey.

The pair appeared to be having a serious conversation, which may have covered her newfound pregnancy and the identity of the father.

Gossip Girl is also soon to get its own fashion collection courtesy of Warner Bros. and Romeo & Juliet Couture, meaning that fans of the fashionable cast can seek to emulate their favourite style icons.

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Kelly Rowland makes UK return in red scarf

Kelly Rowland makes UK return in red scarf
Kelly Rowland has jetted back to the UK, after a mysterious illness meant that she missed last weekend's X Factor shows.

The singer and new talent show judge was photographed dressed in black with a vivid red scarf, oversized hooped earrings and leopard print ankle boots.

Her departure to the US followed an on-screen row with fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos, where Kelly's act Misha Bryan was accused of bullying other contestants.

The Destiny's Child singer appeared noticeably peeved at the comments and accused Tulisa of bringing personal differences to the judging panel.

After the show Kelly returned to the US, which was reportedly for a planned business meeting, however she remained in her home country throughout the week and missed last weekend's shows, citing an "extremely rare illness".

She has received much criticism for her absence from the show and lack of mentoring support and was forced to choose between her acts Misha B and Sophie Habibis, eventually sending the latter home via a live phone call.

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Lady Gaga confuses seasons in fishnet tights

Lady Gaga confuses seasons in fishnet tights
Despite the colder weather, Lady Gaga proved that she will not bow to seasonal trends by mixing both winter and summer clothing on a recent night out.

As she left the Soho Screening Rooms in London, the singer was photographed wearing a gigantic beige fur coat, accompanied by fishnet tights and large 60s-inspired spectacles.

The Bad Romance star teamed the confusing outfit with a pair of trademark skyscraper heels and her blonde hair had a notable green tinge from recently dying it neon.

Lady Gaga is rumoured to be performing live on the X Factor on November 13th, appearing alongside former finalists One Direction.

It is likely that she will sing her new song Marry the Night, which will be officially released as the fifth single from her latest album later this month.

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Camilla buys Zulu hat in South Africa

Camilla buys Zulu hat in South Africa
The Duchess of Cornwall has purchased a Zulu headdress in the South African township of Soweto.

Camilla bought the traditional hat for around £20 from a local businesswoman named Nthabiseng Dibakoane, who specialises in making hand-made shoes, bags, hats and dresses.

The headdress was made from woven fabrics in a black and brown pattern and worked surprisingly well with the Duchess' cream dress and butterfly print scarf.

Camilla is visiting South Africa with her husband, the Prince of Wales, as part of their eight-day tour of the Commonwealth.

Throughout their time in Johannesburg's south-west township, the royal couple met many local entrepreneurs, as well as charities and vulnerable individuals.

After their meeting the pair were then given a tour of the Freedom Charter Monument by chief curator Kwezi Gule, who explained the significance of Freedom Square.

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Dawn French shows off svelte figure in black tights

Dawn French shows off svelte figure in black tights
Dawn French showed off her new svelte figure this weekend at the Galaxy National Book Awards in London.

The comedienne wore a flattering black dress and opaque black tights and looked stunning with a new cropped haircut.

Her weight has fluctuated over the past 20 years and Dawn has recently gone from 20 stone to a more comfortable 16 and has revealed in magazine interviews that her new look and confidence is making her very happy.

The 53-year-old has lost four stone in only a few months and has put the weight loss down to cutting out junk food and trying to do more exercise classes such as pilates.

Dawn French is also enjoying being newly single, after splitting from her husband, fellow comedian Lenny Henry, earlier last year.

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Rihanna relaxes in slipper socks

Rihanna relaxes in slipper socks
Rihanna has revealed new photographs on her Facebook page which show her looking comfy and relaxed as she works on her album Talk That Talk.

The 23-year-old singer can be seen wearing a black and white striped onesie outfit, along with snug slipper socks while lying on the floor and in bed.

Her long curly hair has been pulled up into a ponytail and her makeup looks far more natural as the Umbrella singer appears to be writing song lyrics.

In further pictures Rihanna can also be seen in a cosy jumper, which has been embellished with a picture of a dog and a pair of jeans and white slippers.

Talk That Talk is set to be the sixth consecutive album in six years for the pop star and will feature her recent number one single We Found Love, as well as the tunes Cockiness and Drunk on Love.

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Jennifer Metcalfe wows in tight leggings

Jennifer Metcalfe wows in tight leggings
Jennifer Metcalfe stunned onlookers at the MTV Europe Music Awards this weekend after she stepped out in an extremely skin-tight outfit.

The Hollyoaks actress chose to ditch the traditional red carpet look and instead opted for Grease-inspired super tight navy leggings and a plunging black top.

Her outfit perfectly clung to her curves and toned limbs and she accessorised the daring look with a pair of leopard print heels and a black furry bag.

Jennifer was not the only soap star attending the Dublin awards ceremony, as she was joined by co-star Kieron Richardson who plays Ste Hay.

The look chosen by Jennifer Metcalfe is a far cry from her character Mercedes Fisher's current wardrobe, which has seen her take on a more relaxed approach to fashion as she copes with being a pregnant widow.

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Katie Price gets festive in red stockings

Katie Price gets festive in red stockings
Katie Price took time out to launch her new book by dressing up as 'Mrs Claus' for a photo opportunity.

The millionaire glamour model wore red stockings, corset and platform heels, as well as a long Santa-style coat.

For the Christmas-themed launch, the 33-year-old was surrounded by a sleigh and two reindeers as she released the latest adventure for her popular character Angel Summer.

The book is said to be Katie's 45th and follows a string of children's and women's titles which have featured highly in best-seller lists.

She also used the launch to announce plans to bring out an autobiography every 18 months, as the reality star claimed that she views these books as diaries.

Katie Price's first autobiography, Being Jordan, was published in 2004 and has since sold more than one million copies, while along with her fictional titles she has sold around 4.5 million books in total.

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Rugby stars raise awareness in sports socks

Rugby stars raise awareness in sports socks
Rugby players from around the world are preparing to take part in the Heroes Rugby Challenge on December 3rd at Twickenham Stadium.

To raise awareness of the Help for Heroes charity, players and celebrities are donning striped sports socks in the run up to the big day.

The one-off game is aiming to raise over £1 million to help support wounded service men and women and hopes to sell 70,000 tickets.

Its December date marks the tenth anniversary of Britain's armed forces operations in Afghanistan and it is hoped that it will raise even more money than a similar sporting event held in 2008.

Popular celebrities including Camilla Dallerup, Lorraine Kelly, Mark Owen, Colin Jackson, Harry Redknapp and Jon Snow have all been photographed wearing the long striped socks for the charitable campaign.

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New mum Alex Gerrard stuns in PVC leggings

New mum Alex Gerrard stuns in PVC leggings
Alex Gerrard showed off her impressive post-pregnancy figure this weekend as she ventured into Liverpool with a group of friends, pictures from the Daily Mail reveal.

The footballer's wife and model wore black PVC leggings, a grey top and black blazer, while her hair was swept back into a loose bun.

Despite only giving birth to her daughter 11 days ago, the wife of Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard appeared to be in great shape, which she reportedly puts down to yoga training.

Alex and Steven already have two other daughters, Lilly-Ella, who is seven, and five-year-old Lexie.

It is thought that the celebrity couple decided to name their third child Lourdes to signify their Catholic beliefs, as the pair each went to religious schools and were married in a Catholic ceremony at St Monans Church in 2007.

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Kitty Brucknell bows out in leggings

Kitty Brucknell bows out in leggings
Kitty Brucknell was eliminated from this weekend's X Factor show, despite delivering an impressive performance.

The singer, who was left in the bottom two after the public vote, sang for survival in tight black leggings and a feathered top.

Her hair and makeup was styled in a more demure way, appearing far more natural than viewers are used to.

However, after performing a stripped-back version of Over the Rainbow, she was sent home by the judges in favour of soulful singer Misha B.

Despite being booted off, Kitty received a treat as Lady Gaga, who had performed earlier on in the show, ran on to the stage to give her a hug and reportedly spent the evening chatting to her backstage and drinking wine.

In her time on the talent show, Kitty Brucknell has often drawn comparisons to the pop star, owing to her outlandish style and powerful voice.

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Selena Gomez remains upbeat in stockings

Selena Gomez remains upbeat in stockings
Selena Gomez appeared upbeat and fresh-faced on a recent lunch date with her boyfriend Justin Bieber in Paris.

The singer and former Disney star looked far removed from her childish past and opted for a pair of suspender-style Henry Holland for Pretty Polly stockings beneath a mini-skirt, while on top she wore a printed scarf and edgy black jacket.

Selena and Justin were photographed holding hands as they entered the exclusive L'Avenue restaurant, showing that they remained united through recent press speculation.

Justin Bieber has received even more media attention than usual after he was accused of fathering a child with fan Mariah Yeater.

He has strenuously denied the claims and has agreed to take a paternity test in two weeks time to prove his innocence.

US talk-show host Maury Povich is reportedly vying to show the results live on air in a special show; however this has yet to be confirmed by the teen icon.

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Harper Beckham looks stylish in tiny tights

Harper Beckham looks stylish in tiny tights
Harper Beckham has proven that she may be a tiny style queen in the making after being photographed with her mum in New York this week.

The daughter of fashion icons David and Victoria Beckham was seen wearing a pretty grey dress, with a matching headband and warm black wool tights.

Both Victoria and her only daughter were out together enjoying a shopping trip in Manhattan, before going for dinner at celebrity restaurant Nobu that evening.

The former Spice Girl has been taking four-month-old Harper Seven with her everywhere in recent weeks, including on trips to the park and numerous boutique toy stores.

Harper is the first girl for the 37-year-old and her footballer husband David, as they already have three boys, Cruz, Romeo and Brooklyn.

The couple have since claimed that it is unlikely that they will have more children.

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Bar Refaeli launches new tights line

Bar Refaeli launches new tights line
Bar Refaeli has revealed that she is to model her new innerwear line Undeez when it launches in January.

The Israeli-born supermodel has created a range of items such as undershirts, ladies tights and camisoles for her fashion collection and has insisted that each design has been personally approved and tested.

In an interview with Contactmusic, Bar claimed: "My ideas and input go into every single item … I choose the fabric and have the last word on the items."

The legwear and basics range is reportedly aimed at people aged between 25 and 45 and has been designed to be affordable to midrange shoppers.

In preparation for modelling her first fashion collection, Bar Refaeli told the site that she makes sure to do extra exercise.

"I do an extra couple of sit-ups the night before and I drink hot water with lemon to get my metabolism kick-started in the morning and cleanse my system," she said.

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Lauren Goodger spotted in eye-catching leggings

Lauren Goodger spotted in eye-catching leggings
TOWIE star Lauren Goodger has been spotted nearby ITV studios in a pair of black leggings, risking a fashion faux pas.

The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger was close to committing a fashion faux pas this week, with her choice of leg wear.

During a visit to the ITV studios, she was spotted in a pair of dark black leggings, which may have proved a touch too skin tight.

The TOWIE star's choice of legwear appeared semi-transparent under certain light, which is not something a reality TV star wants when paparazzi are on hand to pounce.

Goodger is not the only member of the TOWIE cast to have come close to exposing themselves this month.

During the premiere for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, co-star Lauren Pope wore a red dress with a full body split running down the side, held together by a single diamante clasp.

Meanwhile, Chloe Sims left little to the imagination when she stepped out in Manchester in a risque black number, which featured a transparent sheer panel that stretched from her neckline to her navel.

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Wear tights to avoid dry skin on your legs

Wear tights to avoid dry skin on your legs
Winter wind and cold weather can play havoc with people's skin, which is even more incentive to wrap up warm and cover extremities over the coming months.

Wind and indoor heating tends to dry people's skin out, particularly in the winter months, explained expertbeauty.com dermatologist Dr Helen Robertshaw.

She advises avoiding all standard soaps, and switching to a moisturising soap complemented by a good moisturising cream to rid yourself of irritated skin.

Choosing high quality leggings or tights can also prove crucial, but wearing them in the first place is an important first step and can prevent dry, cracked skin spreading to the legs, ankles and knees.

Dr Robertshaw added: "Moisturising the skin well will help.

"There are many moisturising products on the shelves but you do not need to spend a lot of money."

Winter is not the only season you may need to consider options to combat itchy skin.

Summer sun and humidity can also contribute to discomfort, so make sure you stock up on a good range of summer tights and leggings too.

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Sock-hoarding moggy resorts to 'cat burglary'

Sock-hoarding moggy resorts to 'cat burglary'
An embarrassed cat owner is struggling to cope with his kitten's penchant for stealing pyjamas.

Mischievous moggy Tosca has become renowned for sneaking into people's houses and stealing their socks, according to the Ealing Gazette.

Owner Dave Griffiths said this bizarre fetish began at home, but has since extended to elsewhere in the neighbourhood.

He told the newspaper: "It's getting really embarrassing now. I've knocked on neighbours' doors but nobody knows where they're coming from. I've got a carrier bag full of them now."

This unusual habit is a break from traditional risqué behavior by cats, who occasionally make headlines for getting stuck in bizarre places.

Earlier this month, an Arizona moggy shocked residents living close to the Salt River, after getting stuck at the top of a very high cactus plant.

Fortunately, the black cat has since clambered back down to safety, three days after it was discovered.

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Justin Bieber dons pink underwear to walk dog

Justin Bieber dons pink underwear to walk dog
Pop heart-throb Justin Bieber will be no stranger to having his fashion sense discussed by media commentators, but few will doubt his latest clothing 'revelation' was anything but an accident.

One well-placed photographer managed to catch a shot of the popstar bending over, revealing a pair of pink underpants to passers-by.

Bieber was walking his dog with girlfriend Selena Gomez, but may be forced to think a bit more about when and where he bends over in the future, especially when wearing hipster jeans.

For many fans, the photos will do little more than confirm Bieber's metrosexual side.

The 17-year-old has found himself the subject of press attention of late as the dispute concerning the paternity of fan Mariah Yeater's child rumbles on.

Yeater claims Bieber is the father of her child, but he agreed to take a DNA test to prove that he is not.

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Man Utd's Phil Jones explains bizarre pre-match sock habits

Man Utd's Phil Jones explains bizarre pre-match sock habits
The world of football is no stranger to pre-match rituals, but Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones may have set a new standard for bizarre behaviour.

Before every game throughout his professional career, the former Blackburn star deliberately varies the order in which he puts on his socks before a game.

In an interview published on the official Manchester United website last week, the 19-year-old said: "This sounds really stupid, but it depends on whether we're at home or away.

"The fixtures list United on the left side when we're at home and on the right when we're away. So this weekend, I'll put my right sock on first, because it will be Swansea V United."

However, the £16 million starlet's bizarre match superstition does not stop at socks. He admitted that he also tries to avoid stepping on the white lines on the pitch.

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Happy Feet Two star Sofia Vergara shows off tights in mini-skirt

Happy Feet Two star Sofia Vergara shows off tights in mini-skirt
Latin beauty Sofia Vergara was brimming with confidence as she stepped out in a super-short skirt this week, showing off her legendary pins to the London public.

The mini-skirt also showed off the 39-year-old's black winter tights - a must in the face of chilly festive winds across the capital.

Her grey patterned skirt - along with her leopard-print clutch handbag - was the most outlandish aspect of the actress's outfit, however.

Vergara paired the tights with a pair of black suede heels, v-neckline black top and kneelength black coat, featuring a fur collar.

The Columbian pin-up is known for her Hollywood roles and TV appearances, which include Happy Feet Two and Four Brothers, as well as roles in series such as Entourage and Dirty Sexy Money.

Attending the premiere of the Happy Feet sequel earlier this week, the star snuggled up to a man in a penguin outfit. No doubt the fan could not believe his luck!

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S Korea president dons thermal underwear to save on heating

S Korea president dons thermal underwear to save on heating
South Korea's president has spoken of his individual contributions to cutting back on fuel consumption this winter.

Lee Myung-bak said he will wear thermal men's underwear during the colder weather in a bid to avoid power shortages.

"[It] was uncomfortable initially. But after a while, I got used to it, and now I am very warm and comfortable wearing it," Mr Lee said of his new undergarments.

The government has issued instructions to citizens, civil servants and businesses explaining that due to low energy reserves in winter power needs to be saved.

Cooperation has been encouraged across the country following a surge in power demand in September, which caused a massive blackout for millions of South Koreans.

Larger companies have been told to cut their power consumption by ten per cent from winter 2010 levels.

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Lauren Conrad suggests updating outfits with tights

Lauren Conrad suggests updating outfits with tights
Lauren Conrad has claimed that women need not worry about "recycling" dresses during the winter party season.

The reality TV star and style icon instead advised that outfits can be easily updated with the help of different pairs of tights or a wide range of accessories.

In an interview with FabSugar.com, Lauren claimed: "During holiday parties I end up recycling a lot of my cocktail dresses, and just wearing a layering piece, like a blazer or tights, with it."

By modifying outfits, she suggested that this can help cut back on holiday spending, while still allowing ladies to get creative with their seasonal wardrobes.

Lauren Conrad rose to fame as the lead character of reality show The Hills and has since gone on to design three fashion collections.

Her most recent line, Paper Crown, includes a wide selection of skirts, dresses and lace tops, which she argues are both practical and stylish choices for the colder weather.

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Bill Nighy enjoys the 'decadence' of new socks

Bill Nighy enjoys the 'decadence' of new socks
While most men bemoan receiving the same gifts every Christmas, actor Bill Nighy appears completely resigned to his fate.

The Love Actually star even believes there is something sophisticated about receiving socks as a gift, declaring he is "thrilled" when he "cracks open a new pair".

In an interview with the Daily Express, Nighy explained: "It's quite decadent. I sometimes buy six at a time and I'll have six new socks. You just go 'crack!' each morning and get the tissue paper out. It's a thrill."

Socks will prove more than just stocking fillers in the run up to Christmas, with professional rugby players donning some special legwear to encourage charitable donations to support injured services men and women.

Players taking part in the Heroes Rugby Challenge at Twickenham Stadium on December 3rd will don some special striped socks in aid of Help for Heroes.

Organisers have high hopes they will raise over £1 million for the event, expecting to sell 70,000 tickets.

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Christmas control underwear favoured by 40% of women

Christmas control underwear favoured by 40% of women
Over the Christmas period many women are choosing to ditch the diets and follow Bridget Jones' lead with a pair of control pants.

Some 41 per cent of UK women are to streamline their silhouette and enhance their curves using body-shaping underwear, according to a survey from Playtex.

Nearly half of ladies questioned revealed that they felt more confident in control underwear which flattens the stomach, while a third said the designs made them feel slimmer.

A quarter of women also admitted to wearing shapewear pieces at least twice a week, a figure which looks set to rise during the Christmas party season.

The demand for control underwear is in part due to how female figures have changed in the past 50 years, a spokesperson for the clothing company argued.

However, a separate study by Mintel recently revealed that young people remain unconvinced by slimming underwear, which can be twice the size of normal under garments.

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Little Mix indulge in self-promotion with tights

Little Mix indulge in self-promotion with tights
After becoming the first girl band to make it through to the X Factor semi-finals, Little Mix have been firmly in the public eye promoting themselves.

One member, Jade Thirlwall, even went one step further by wearing a pair of personalised Little Mix tights at the Royal Film Performance of Hugo.

The legwear was created especially for the girls by the House of Holland for Pretty Polly tights and featured letters of the band name scattered randomly over the sheer black material.

Designer Henry Holland has revealed he is a big fan of the girls and even tweeted his excitement at meeting the group last week.

Little Mix, which also includes Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, have impressed fans of the show and critics with their impressive vocals and urban edge.

Their fashion choices have also been popular topics of conversation, with the girls favouring trainers and shorts to dresses and heels.

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