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Designer adds sparkle to Strictly

Julien Macdonald has become the "style guru" of Strictly Come Dancing, fellow contestant Abbey Clancey revealed at the Welsh designer's London Fashion Week show.

The model said Macdonald, famous for his embellished party dresses and love of all things glittery, had already been presiding over the dancing show's costume department ahead of the start of the new series.

There was plenty of sparkle on show on the catwalk, with column dresses covered in sequins and intricate spider-web designs, in a palette dominated by nude, silver and gold.

But Macdonald said he thought that Strictly, on which he will appear from the end of the month, had even "more colour, more sparkle, more glam" than his clothes.

He took a break from training from Thursday morning, but will be back on the dancefloor from Sunday, adding that he looked forward to the "big bang of glitter and glam" that the dancing contest brings.

However, he confessed: "It's very hard. I'm not going to lie to you and say I can do it. Watch this space - I'm not a natural dancer. But I'm enjoying the journey and I want to learn. I want to dance with somebody!".

He added that it had been difficult to fit in the dancing with the day job this week, saying: "It's hard to cha-cha-cha and fashion-fashion-fashion."

Clancey, wearing a Julien Macdonald glittering dress to the Goldsmiths' Hall catwalk show, said: "Julien's great. Julien's our style guru on the show, of course.

"We all had to do a group rehearsal and Julien wasn't there, and he was putting extra sparkles on his top in his dressing room. He's amazing."

As well as Clancey, who is married to footballer Peter Crouch, the designer's American dance partner Janette Manrara also turned out this afternoon. She told Macdonald: "If you can make those dresses, you can cha-cha."

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