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Fashion Addict - Bhavna Limbachia

00:00 04 October 2013

Bhavna Limbachia - Image by M,Patel for Redhotcurry Ltd

Bhavna Limbachia - Image by M,Patel for Redhotcurry Ltd

M,Patel for Redhotcurry Ltd

Preston actor Bhavna Limbachia plays the rebellious Alia in the hit BBC sitcom Citizen Khan and Rana in Coronation Street. Here she shares her fashion loves and loathes.

What do you wear to work?
When I’m not in costume tackling skin tight jeans and super high heels for my character in Citizen Khan, I like to be comfortable so I tend to wear t-shirts or vest tops with an oversized cardigan, leggings and boots or pumps.

 

 

What do you like to wear for a big night out?

I like to mix it up so I might wear a satin vest top with an Aztec beaded skirt, a jumpsuit with heels and a statement clutch or a fun vintage dress.

 

 

Tell us about your biggest fashion mistake

I once tried to imitate Jenifer Lopez’s ‘Jenny-from -the -block’ look by layering a mesh vest top over a plain one, combat trousers and ankle boots. I went out that night feeling really good about my ‘efforts’ until I saw a photo and thought “Oh no... What the hell was I thinking!”

Tell us who your favourite designer is
Oooh! That’s a tough one. There are too many! I love Vivienne Westwood, Alexandra McQueen, John Galliano, Oscar de la Renta... and the list goes on...

Who’s been the biggest influence on your personal style?
Coming from a Costume Design background I’m heavily influenced by the history of costume . I would say my main influences come from the intricate detail and silhouettes of 17th Century costumes through to the geometric shapes that make up 1920’s Art Deco fashion.

What is your favourite high street shop?
I like Mango as I think they make classic and great quality clothing. However, if I had to pick my favourite local shop in Preston, I would have to say Retro Rehab! They have the most amazing retro and vintage dresses which have been carefully repaired, tailored and brought back to life.
The great thing about the dresses are that you’ll never be faced with that embarrassing moment when you arrive at a party wearing the same dress as someone else. Trust me I’ve been there and it wasn’t fun. Retro Rehab all the way!

Most recent purchase you’re thrilled with.
I should say my car because I love it, but I’m going to say a gorgeous tan leather elongated vintage hand bag from Absolute Vintage in London. I get so excited when I find a vintage gem!

What perfume do you wear?
Paco Rabanne Lady Million

Which hair and beauty products are in your bathroom?
Aussie Miracle Shine shampoo and conditioner, Moroccan oil, Dr Organics Manuka Honey lotion and Almond oil.

Which beauty product would you be lost without?
My Dr Organics Manuka Honey lotion. I swear by the stuff!

Are you a gym body?
I wish I could say I religiously work out but I don’t. I tend to work out when I know I’ve got an acting job coming up so I get the trainers out and dust off the dumbbells.

Who do you regard as the most stylish man and woman of the last 100 years?
The last 100 years... Ooooh, I’m going to cheat and do past and present. (Sorry!) For the past most stylish man I’m going to say James Dean - effortlessly cool and stylish. Past most stylish woman would have to be Audrey Hepburn - sophisticated and simply chic.
For present most stylish man David Gandy - he looks dapper in ANYTHING (plus he’s ridiculously good looking which helps!) And for present most stylish woman...Victoria Beckham- She. Knows. Fashion.

What’s your favourite local restaurant?
I love Italian food so it would have to be The Hidden Gem - Marietta’s in Preston. They do the most delicious Italian hazelnut ice cream too!

Favourite holiday destination?
I don’t have a particularly favourite holiday destination as of yet. However, I like the idea of going to Italy as I love all things Italian. I am purposely saving this country for when I have some time off because I’m hoping stay out there for a good few months and explore the beautiful country. I also intend to do a cookery course whilst I’m out there with real Italian pros!

What was the last book you read?
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

You can follow Bhavna on twitter at @BhavnaLimbachia

 

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