The boys and girls of TOWIE have a long and glamorous link with Liverpool, with cast members regularly popping up for parties, fashion events and red carpet dos.
Now one of the show’s newer recruits has caught the Scouse bug – and launched her own fashion range here.
Danielle Armstrong has collaborated with Nicole Francis at Lip Couture to create a collection of velour tracksuits, evening dresses, heels, bags and even onesies which launches this week.
Insider hears the gorgeous blonde got in touch with Nicole, who has her salon in Crosby, after spotting her on Twitter.
“We’d only just launched our Lip Couture range of tracksuits just before Christmas and she found us and said she thought the girls in Essex would love them,” explains Nicole.
“She invited us to go down there and do a fashion show with her, which we did, and there were a lot of the TOWIE crew and buyers there.
“Danielle was raving about it and then afterwards she contacted us again and said ‘I’d really like to do a collection with you.’ She’s now launching the Danielle Armstrong collection on our website, and she’ll be wearing the stock on the show to promote it that way.”
Nicole tells Insider, unlike many reality TV stars who have no design background but have their names linked to lines, Danielle is a fashion pro.
“She used to be a buyer for Topshop so she’s very fashion savvy,” she says. “And she understands the business because she’s been on the other side of it, sending clothes out to celebrities to wear, so she’s very easy to work with.”
Danielle’s TOWIE stock is currently on the up, having just signed for the next three series, and she’s dating James Lock from the show too which has made her a tabloid favourite.
“It’s perfect timing for us,” adds Nicole, “and she’s going to come and do a fashion show in Liverpool and a pop-up shop, so we’ll be seeing a lot more of her.”
Lightning strikes twice for Liverpool model
Lightning may never strike twice, but it looks as though near-naked protestors can … or nearly, at least.
Fashion Week watchers might recall that Liverpool model Hollie May Saker was rudely interrupted by a topless activist while walking in Paris for Nina Ricci back in September.
Then, the Anfield teenager, who is signed to top agency Models 1, gave more than as good as she got and saw off the demonstrator.
So surely that has to be a girl’s quota of stripped-off exhibitionists?
Well apparently not. Back on the runway in New York for F/W 2014, this time modelling for Nepalese American designer Prabal Gurung, Hollie almost got a second unwanted eyeful.
This time a male streaker in a G-string, red socks, loafers and a crown ran on to the runway to make some as yet undetermined point.
Happily Hollie May – just named as one of i-D magazine’s future of fashion faces – was spared the worst this time. The bare-chested man was reportedly apprehended by a security team and taken backstage where he was restrained by two impressively hefty bouncers.
Dappy mobbed as he shops for pot noodle
It seems N-Dubz star turned Celebrity Big Brother runner-up Dappy can’t even nip out for a Pot Noodle these days without causing mayhem.
The singer, who was playing his first gig at Liverpool’s O2 Academy since leaving the reality show, managed to get himself trapped in a local newsagents on London Road as crowds of fans stormed the store after hearing that he was doing his shopping in there.
One source, who witnessed the whole thing, tells Insider: “It was crazy. One minute Dappy was just doing a bit of shopping and then the next thing loads of fans just came running in and jumped on him. It was actually quite funny how manic it was as all he wanted was a Pot Noodle!”
While things nearly got out of hand as the fans blocked the door, the star’s entourage made sure that the singer and the excited crowd were safe before happily letting him pose for photos and chat before his sold-out headline set.
Kim doesn’t forget her roots
She may no longer live here, but actress Kim Cattrall has certainly never forgotten her Scouse roots.
So, Insider hears, the Sex And The City star was thrilled to rank amongst the legends of Liverpool in the Echo’s 100 Greatest Merseysiders.
Told via Twitter that she’d made it onto the illustrious 100, Kim replied: “So proud to be on this list and a Liverpudlian.”
Below: Kim steps out in her LFC T-shirt
Urban Calm celebrates 10 years
Urban Calm in Aintree celebrated 10 years of pampering with a party for clients and staff, old and new.
Those marking the decade of business included several celebrity clientele including Hollyoaks actresses Gemma Merna and Nicole Barber Lane, who play mum and daughter in the C4 soap, and radio presenter Leanne Campbell.
Owner Nicola Byrne tells Insider: “Gemma has been coming for over four years and she and her bridesmaids came the day before her wedding to have all their pre-wedding treatments. That’s when we first met Nicole who has become a regular as well.”
Hollyoaks actor helping make art out of science
Celebrity appreciation comes in all shapes and sizes, but few tributes are odder than this one …
Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson is one of the well-known faces helping American microbiologist and photographer Zachary Copfer make art out of science after taking part in an experiment to grow portraits from their own bacteria.
Kieron and other stars including Carol Vorderman and Bang Goes The Theory presenter Liz Bonnin helped to make the images by contributing a swab covered in bacteria from their arms.
The US scientist then took a digital photograph of their faces which was made into a negative, placed over a petri dish and shot through with radiation to burn away the bacteria in places leaving the image to emerge over 48 hours.
The quirky experiment was done in a bid to promote The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair where the pictures will go on show.
The fair takes place in March at the NEC in Birmingham and is aimed at encouraging young people to get involved in science and engineering.
Mr Copfer explains: “I’m excited that my work will be a big part of the fair’s central aim to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and hope that my work will not only help get young people excited about science but that it will also encourage them to apply the scientific knowledge they gain in fun and unique ways.”