Out and about in London, England – 20th March
Posted by Eliza           on Mar 23           tags: Candids, Gallery Updates

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Pixie was seen out and about in London, England on the 20th of March. I’ve added 15 UHQ photos of her to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Pixie Lott interview with What’s On
Posted by Eliza           on Mar 23           tags: Articles, Interviews

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The singer/songwriter and actress, currently playing Holly Golightly in the new UK touring production of play Breakfast at Tiffany’s, talks diamonds, hot showers and high heels.

Interview

Tell us about the new stage version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s…
It’s staying true to the original story that Truman Capote wrote, so it is set in the 1940s. The play still has all the amazing characters and stories from the film, the different characters that make up New York, but this isn’t the film brought to life on stage. The movie was set in the 60s, so the era alone makes it quite different. I haven’t actually watched the movie again since I knew I was doing the play because I didn’t want to get too caught up in it.

How does it feel to be playing such an iconic character as Holly Golightly?
I feel really lucky because it is such an amazing role to take on for my first play. I adore Holly. She is extremely free-spirited and has lots of energy, but when needs be, she is also very direct and can tell people how it is. She has a secret past, but she’s a survivor and she makes it through.

Do you feel the pressure is on because Holly is such a well-loved character?
To an extent, but because the play is based on the book and not a complete copy of the movie, the pressure is off slightly because I can’t be completely compared to Audrey Hepburn, who was obviously amazing. Hopefully people will see I’ve created my own interpretation and brought my own personality to the role.

Some might say this is quite a departure for you as you are best known for your music…
Well, I have always believed in being as rounded as a performer as possible. Music is my first love and passion, but I love acting as well. I think it’s really cool to go outside your comfort zone and push yourself as a performer. I did that when I took part in Strictly Come Dancing [in 2014] where I had to learn ballroom and Latin from scratch, which I really loved. I am continuing to write music at every opportunity I can – I will hopefully have my new record ready towards the end of the year, with maybe a little teaser in the summer – but this year it’s been really amazing to focus on acting. Beforehand, I had only done titbits here and there, but now I can focus on a proper, wonderful character whom I get to play every night.

Was there a tough audition process?
It was I guess, because it came a little bit of out of the blue and I had to quickly prepare and learn the script. But once I got in there [Nikolai Foster] the director made me feel really relaxed so I could get into the role easily. So I actually really enjoyed the audition.

Did you have the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey poster when you were growing up?
[Laughs] I actually have it as a coaster for my cup of tea next to my bed. I’ve had it there for ages, long before I won the role. I only realised that the other day. It was obviously meant to be!

Did you know that Truman Capote originally wanted Marilyn Monroe for the role, but her agent advised her against playing ‘a lady of the evening’?
She’s an amazing character and I think Audrey was amazing for the role, very classy and stylish, but I think Marilyn would have been great as well. It would have been a very different kind of Holly. I didn’t have any reservations at all about taking the role because it’s all part of being an actress. Besides, Holly isn’t actually a [prostitute], Capote called Holly an ‘American geisha’. I think she’s an amazing character and once you watch her and get to know her in the play, you see all the different sides and how fabulous and endearing she is.

Are you like Holly in any way?
We’re both really forgetful, she lives at apartment number 2 and my flat is number 2, and we’re both short-sighted. She also likes fashion, I like fashion, and I’d say I’m pretty free-spirited and I love travelling as she does too. So there are a few things that make us quite similar.

Does it concern you that audiences will be making comparisons with Audrey, as that is the Holly they know best?
Like I said, I don’t think the play can be compared to the movie. It’s the same when I perform covers of songs by Kings of Leon or The Killers that I put up on YouTube. I always say I can never compete with the original because it’s always going to be the best. I always do my own interpretation and make it completely my own, and then it stands on its own rather than being compared. I feel like this is the same sort of thing.

The song Moon River is obviously hugely associated with the story – how does it feel to be performing such a classic song?
It’s a timeless song and a dream to sing. And I’m pleased that I get to sing a little in the show. There’s always pressure, but I’ve got to focus on enjoying myself. In previous experiences of performing, as long as I enjoy myself it helps the audience enjoy themselves, and that’s what it’s all about.

You learned to play guitar especially for the role – what was that like?
I’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar, so really the play has given me the perfect excuse, and I can keep it up afterwards and use it to write songs. It’s hard though! The guitar’s really, really hard! But I’ve been practising a lot. It appears in an intimate moment for Holly, so I’m sort of playing it to myself, rather than turning into a big old musical song and dance. It sits well in the play.

There is music from the era and original music by Grand Olding – so do other songs feature in the play?
They do. There’s music playing throughout, and I also sing a little hillbilly ballad on the guitar, which helps illustrate some of Holly’s past, but apart from that all the music is from the 1940s or 1940s inspired.

This is your first major stage role since you were a child/teenager – why did you leave theatre for so long?
Because I wanted to get my songs out there. I started writing when I was 13 or 14 and I always wanted to be a recording artist and make my own albums. That was always the goal, and it just sort of took over because it came in first. Music is something I will always keep on doing and I am still recording alongside the play.

The chemistry between ‘Fred’ and Holly is intrinsic to the story – how do you get on with your co-star Matt Barber?
We did meet the week before rehearsals began to go through some lines, which I think was a really good idea. It was nice to go in on the first day of rehearsals already knowing each other. But yeah, we get on really well, which is lucky, as we’re going to be spending a lot of time together.

At its heart, this is a love story, focusing on Holly’s self-discovery – would you agree?
I think everyone’s self-discovery. ‘Fred’ comes to New York to find himself, so does Holly. All these people in New York and their personalities and how they are finding themselves in the city.

Does your Holly have a cat?
I’m still getting used to the cat. I’m not really familiar with holding cats or being with cats. Thankfully, I’m not allergic, but I’ve got to get my cat acting up to scratch!

Can you remember the first time you became aware of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the novel or the film)?
When I was younger we watched the movie – all the girls in my family loved it, But I didn’t read the book until I auditioned for this production. I think Breakfast at Tiffany’s is every girl’s favourite movie because it’s very stylish and classy, and you take a little bit of Holly away with you afterwards. There are some really good qualities in her.

Let’s talk about costumes as Holly’s look is so iconic – will you be wearing Givenchy like Audrey?
I don’t think so, that would have been amazing, but all of my costumes and accessories are genuine vintage pieces, which is wonderful. I love playing with the way I look, experimenting and trying different things so creating Holly’s style has been a dream. The styling for the play is totally 1940s, and I have lots of costume changes, so it is very different to my usual get-up.

Have you ever done the whole having a coffee and Danish pastry outside Tiffany’s thing?
I haven’t done that, but the last time I was in New York I did go and check out the store. I’ve always been a fan of Tiffany’s, and I like coffee and Danish, but I’d say I’m more of a tea and toast kind of girl!

The play is touring before it moves to the West End – you must have packing for the road down to perfection?
Unfortunately, I still haven’t learnt how to travel light. I just shove all I can fit into a case, and it’s always so heavy. I’m really excited about the tour though because it’s good to see the different audience reaction in each city. I guess Canterbury is closest to my family because it’s in Kent where I grew up. And, of course, I am super-excited to be performing at the Haymarket in London. This will be the longest I’ve been in each location, so I will have a little bit of time to explore them and get to know them a bit better.

What can we expect to find in your dressing room – will it be as chaotic as Holly’s apartment?
I’m a really messy person! I guess there’ll just be loads of make-up and maybe a candle and some pictures of the era to help me get into character. So it will probably be fairly chaotic. I’ll say it’s part of the character and blame it on Holly.

Has your boyfriend Oliver [Cheshire] been helping you with your lines?
Oliver was really excited for me, but I’ve been trying to get everything into my head myself. My mum and dad have helped me run some lines, but they’re really not very good actors. My mum’s American accent sounds like Mickey Mouse or something!

What will surprise audiences most about the play?
Probably that it is not exactly like the film, and it’s also quite a rollercoaster of emotions. Most of the time it’s very high-energy and then there are times when it can move you. It covers all areas. It’s surprising that even though it was written in the 40s, so long ago, Truman Capote’s story is still so relevant and ahead of its time. I guess that’s what makes it such a modern classic.

How would you sum the play up in a few words?
Exciting, moving…and fun!

 

Quickfire Questions

Danish pastries or croissants?
Croissants, if they’re warm, otherwise Danish.

Diamonds or Pearls?
I’m going to say diamonds, but Holly actually says diamonds are for older women.

Night in or Night out?
Night out.

Couture or High street?
Couture, all the way.

Acting or Singing?
This is a tough one, but I owe my life to singing.

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs

Baths or showers?
Hot showers

Champagne or Whisky?
Champagne, definitely.

Heels or flats?
Again I love both – so flats during the day, and heels at night.

 

By Jeremy Mark

Source: Whats On



Opening night of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Leicester, England
Posted by Eliza           on Mar 11           tags: Appearances, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gallery Updates

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Pixie attended the opening night of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Curve in Leicester, England on the 10th of March. I’ve added 24 UHQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Pixie Lott’s Uxbridge shop raises thousands for charity
Posted by Eliza           on Mar 2           tags: Articles, Updates

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A shop full of a pop-singer’s clothes, which showed up in Uxbridge for just one week, has raised thousands for a young person’s charity.

Singer Pixie Lott donated clothes and accessories from her tour for a pop-up shop at intu Uxbridge from Monday 15 – Sunday 21 February.

£2,500 was raised for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), a charity which has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death since 1995.

Dr Steven Cox, CRY Chief Executive, said: “What a great week at intu Uxbridge!

“We are so grateful to the intu team who allowed us to ‘set up shop’ over the half term – and timing couldn’t have been better, leading up to a high profile BBC TV Lifeline Appeal, fronted by Pixie, that was broadcast last Sunday.

“Many of the visitors we met wanted to learn more about CRY’s work and Pixie’s involvement with the charity and it was a real pleasure for our staff and volunteers to chat to shoppers of all ages who showed so much interest in our ongoing mission to prevent young sudden cardiac death.

CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected, as well as funding heart screening programmes and medical research

Mr Cox added: “Overall we raised the fantastic sum of around £2,500 – not to mention the value of raising awareness in such a busy and vibrant shopping mall.

“As one of intu Uxbridge’s nominated charities of the year, we look forward to working with the team again during 2016!”

The All About Tonight singer is a a patron of CRY and uses the role to help spread the word about the charity’s vital work.

Natasha House, Marketing Manager at intu Uxbridge, said: “It was fantastic that CRY were able to open a pop-up charity shop here at intu Uxbridge, with thanks to their patron Pixie Lott.

“The store was hugely popular with our shoppers, and spread awareness for the charity and their fantastic work.”

At least 12 young, apparently fit and healthy people (aged 35 and under) in the UK losing their lives due to undiagnosed heart conditions every week.

As well as working with Cardiac Risk in the Young, intu Uxbridge will be supporting Rainbow Trust and Hillingdon Carers to raise awareness and funds for the causes. For more information on charity partnerships at intu Uxbridge, check out their website .

Source: Get West London



WhatsOnStage Awards
Posted by Eliza           on Feb 24           tags: Appearances, Gallery Updates

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Pixie attended the WhatsOnStage Awards at Prince Of Wales Theatre in London, England on the 21st of February. I’ve added 29 UHQ photos of her to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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The Naked Heart Foundation’s Fabulous Fund Fair
Posted by Eliza           on Feb 24           tags: Appearances, Gallery Updates

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Pixie attended The Naked Heart Foundation’s Fabulous Fund Fair in London at Old Billingsgate Market in London, England on the 20th of February. I’ve added 6 UHQ photos of her to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Pixie Lott interview with Fabulous Magazine
Posted by Eliza           on Feb 21           tags: Articles, Interviews

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THERE aren’t many people who do Positive Mental Attitude better than Pixie Lott. She’s so relentlessly cheerful, so permanently bushy-tailed, that it’s difficult to imagine anything getting her down.

Take the disappointment of her eponymous third album – released in the summer of 2014 – failing to break into the Top 10, and the last couple of singles not faring particularly well either.

Bromley-born Pixie, 25, simply shrugs her shoulders. “I just keep on going,” she says on coping when music she’s poured her heart and soul into doesn’t, for whatever reason, quite cut the mustard in terms of chart performance.

 “I do stuff that I believe in myself. You can’t keep everybody happy all the time, so you need to keep doing what you enjoy and do what you think is right.

“When I stop enjoying myself, I’ll just pack it in! But I don’t think that’ll ever happen, because I have the bug to just keep going. I’ve been doing this for ages and the buzz is still the same as it was from the start.”

Nevertheless, she acknowledges that it’s important to diversify, which is why she’s put music on the back-burner in order to concentrate on adding strings to her bow – hence her upcoming lead role in a new stage version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s. She’s constantly writing new material, but admits it’s unlikely anything will be released until next year.

“Music has been and still is my number one, but there are other areas I want to focus on,” she says. “Doing Strictly [in 2014] was definitely branching out of my comfort zone, and I learned so much from that, and that’s what I’m hoping for from Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

“I remember going to see Chicago on Broadway when I was about 15 and Usher was performing as Billy Flynn, and I knew then not to be afraid to go into other areas and to be as rounded a performer as you can be.”

Every time we’ve shot and interviewed Pixie for the cover of Fabulous, she’s been nothing less than completely charming. She’s unassuming, unstarry and undemanding, and so laid-back there can’t be much in life that ruffles her feathers.

Since she arrived on the music scene back in 2009 with the No.1 debut single Mama Do, Pixie – who was born Victoria but was given the nickname as a baby – has gone on to establish herself as one of the country’s most stylish celebs.

She rarely puts a fashion foot wrong and designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, who have become good friends, queue up to dress her. She’s never afraid to experiment, doesn’t ever take herself too seriously and switches easily between grunge, glam, classic cuts and more offbeat styles.

She makes flat shoes look sexy every time – nobody does a brogue quite like Pixie. And it all makes her the perfect choice to be our Style Issue cover star.

“I do love fashion,” she says. “I think my favourite era will always be the 1960s. It can be quirky, fun and sexy, but also classic and beautiful. I love Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick, Marilyn Monroe…I love Audrey Hepburn as well. So I like to keep it contemporary but inspired by different eras.”

The spare room of her east London flat sounds like a fashionista’s heaven. She describes vast piles of designer clothes, vintage handbags and “millions and millions” of shoes, which means her second bedroom is not fit for purpose and bursting at the seams.

Organised chaos?

“No, just chaos,” she says, holding her hands up. “Total chaos, like, everywhere. It’s so bad and I need to organise it because it’s crazy to live in. I’ve got too much stuff and I never put anything away.

“I’ve tried to do clear-outs, but there’s just so much of it, I wouldn’t know where to start. I get attached to things. I’m like: ‘Ooh, this could come in handy if I ever have to dress up as a policeman…’ Basically, I need a bigger place with more space.”

Which is why she’s spending more time on Rightmove than Net-A-Porter these days – not that there’s much space in the schedule for house-hunting, either. Pixie is in the middle of rehearsing six days a week for the iconic role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, which will tour the country between March and June before landing in London’s West End for a three-month run at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

She’s currently based in Leicester, where the cast are rehearsing for five weeks until the tour kicks off there. We meet at a cocktail bar in the East Midlands city, and Pixie – in typically upbeat spirits despite having just finished a full-on 10-hour rehearsal – arrives with her guitar slung on her back and orders a cup of tea.

She’s dressed down in a pair of J Brand skinnies, a Bella Freud jumper and the cutest pair of Minna Parikka bunny “sneaks” (complete with rabbit ears and fluffy tail), and is wrapped up against the February chill in a toasty parka by Ruby Sky London.

Pixie is in the enviable position of often being handed expensive freebies, which no doubt add to the disarray in that out-of-control spare bedroom.

“I know I’m lucky, whether things are gifted or even if I just borrow them for an event and then send them back. I still get excited. Dolce & Gabbana sent me and Oliver a Valentine’s his ‘n’ hers box. There was this amazing dress, purse and phone case, and I was all: ‘Oh my god.’”

Oliver is Oliver Cheshire, 27, Pixie’s live-in boyfriend and a male model with campaigns for the likes of D&G and Calvin Klein under his belt – and the sort of cheekbones that could slice metal.

She met him at a fashion show six years ago and the two of them quickly became friends. He came to watch her support Rihanna in London, and they later ended up in New York at the same time, where they went out with a group of friends. As they saw each other more, the friendship developed into romance.

“I always thought he was really nice because he seemed, like, really normal,” says Pixie. “I think that was it more than anything else, and I sort of got him straight away. In that showbizzy world, he was just like a person from back home. He was really easy to talk to.”

Does she ever worry that she met The One at the age of 19, before she’d experienced more of life?

“No,” she replies, very definitely. “I think every relationship is different and there are no real rules. Some of my friends have dated loads of people and others are still with the first person they started going out with, a bit like me. If it feels right, you just go with it.”

Both Pixie and Oliver’s schedules mean long spells apart. He’s been travelling to Leicester when work allows it, but Pixie admits there are stretches when, save for FaceTime, they barely see each other.

“Either I’m away or he’s away, and those times are hard. But we’re used to it because it’s been like that since the beginning. We have complete trust, and I think if we didn’t have that, it would be much more difficult than it is. I’d like to think we were heading that way [towards marriage], definitely.”

Aside from performing, Pixie also has a collection of hair products called Paint – which includes chalks, metallic sprays and wash-out colours – as well as her own eyelash range. There’s the possibility of a fashion line in the future, although it would be different from her collaboration with Lipsy a few years ago – an arrangement that produced four successful collections but that didn’t sit comfortably with Pixie.

“Some of the pieces – which had to be there because they were their bestsellers – were not things I would personally wear. I’d want to do it so every single piece was my own,” she says.

Pixie drains her teacup and happily poses for a selfie with an eagle-eyed fan who has spotted her huddled away in our low-lit corner.

As she leaves to head back to her temporary digs, she mentions a recent meeting in LA with the legendary producer Quincy Jones, who gave her some advice she now plans to live by: “He told me: ‘Have humility with your creativity and grace with your success,’” she says.

Pixie already has both those things in spades.

Source: Fabulous Magazine



‘When I stop enjoying it, I’ll pack it in’ – Pixie Lott graces our Style Issue
Posted by Eliza           on Feb 19           tags: Articles, Updates

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PIXIE Lott isn’t nothing if not an all-rounder. Pop princess, style icon, Strictly star and now – her latest incarnation – West End leading lady.

She’s put her music career on temporary hold as she takes on the role of Holly Golightly in the theatre production of Breakfast At Tiffany’s from next month. Just like the character Audrey Hepburn made famous, Pixie rarely puts a fashion foot wrong, which is why we couldn’t think of a better cover star for our Style Issue.

She talks running out of wardrobe space, meeting her model boyfriend on the FROW and why she refuses to turn her back on the music charts.

 If Pixie’s inspired you to go shopping, our fashion team has scoured the rails to find the 78 hottest spring buys on the high street. We can guarantee you’ll want them all!

Plus, meet the woman who makes clothes out of road kill and sells them for thousands, and the disabled models who are smashing fashion’s final frontier on the catwalk.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, you can kick-start your new season wardrobe with 30% off at La Redoute.

Don’t miss Fabulous, free with The Sun on Sunday. For more, go to Fabulousmag.co.uk and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Source: Fabulous Magazine



Fans can buy Pixie Lott’s clothes at intu Uxbridge
Posted by Eliza           on Feb 17           tags: Articles, Updates

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Pixie Lott will bring a touch of showbiz to Uxbridge , by giving fans and fashionistas a chance to bag her clothes.

The pop singer has donated a huge amount of clothes, including tour outfits, dresses from performances and leisure wear, to help raise funds for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The celebrity sale comes after intu Uxbridge’s announcement of their 2016 charity partners, choosing to raise funds for CRY, Rainbow Trust and local charity Hillingdon Carers.

The All About Tonight singer said: “I became a patron of CRY as it affects so many young people and it’s crazy that a seemingly fit and young person can just drop down dead.

“I feel it’s so important to raise awareness and will continue to use my role as Patron to help ‘spread the word’ about the charity’s vital work.”

With items ranging from £5 to £50, the shop will be staffed by the CRY team from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 February, who will also be handing out information about the charity and the work it does to prevent young sudden cardiac death.

Every week, at least 12 young (35 and under) apparently fit and healthy people die from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

Many, but not all, of these young people will have been involved in sport at the time of their death. Sport and physical activity does not cause these undetected problems – but it can significantly exacerbate an existing, undiagnosed condition.

As well as being an inspiring ambassador for young people, Pixie also has a personal connection to the charity and the issue of young sudden cardiac death.

In 2012, dancer Matt Beadle, who taught her at the Italia Conti School, died suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition, aged just 32.

In 2004, Adam Donnelly, who was a friend of Pixie’s older sister, Charlie, tragically died from a condition known as Brugada syndrome, aged just 17.

Alison Cox MBE, Founder of CRY, said: “Pixie already does so much for us, such as this hugely generous donation of so many beautiful clothes and accessories to be sold in aid of CRY.

“I’m sure that during half term lots of girls will be heading down for some “retail therapy” at intu Uxbridge – which has also just adopted us as their charity of the year – so please do pop in and see us and have a browse through a selection of fantastic clothes, with some added star quality!”

Natasha House, Marketing Manager at intu Uxbridge, says the shopping centre is “honoured” to be working with the fantastic charities throughout 2016 and hopes to raise their profile in the local area.

She said: “Rainbow Trust, CRY and Hillingdon Carers all undertake amazing work in the community, and we are thrilled to be helping them further.”

Source: Get West London



Leaving The Playhouse Theatre in London, England – 5th February
Posted by Eliza           on Feb 7           tags: Candids, Gallery Updates

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Pixie was seen leaving The Playhouse Theatre after attending ‘The End of Longing’ in London, England on the 5th of February. I’ve added 18 UHQ photos of her to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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