Queen of Saturday night TV, and national treasure Cilla Black, reveals she once spent over £5000 on a pair of designer jeans from the USA, and says she becomes ‘the reckless old pensioner abroad’ on her holidays.
Cilla, usually seen sporting the smartest of designer outfits on TV, divulged her most extravagant purchase to style guru Gok Wan during a high street makeover for his Channel 4 series Goks Fashion Fix.
“I have actually paid over £5000 to go to New York to get my American jeans. I’m not joking, I’m ashamed” says Cilla.
Gobsmacked at her extravagance Gok tells Cilla she has the most expensive behind in the business.
“Basically that’s about £5,200 for one pair of jeans. You’ve got the most expensive arse in the industry!”
Cilla, self-confessed designer devotee, thought she’d never get a decent pair of jeans on the high street. “I have to have bespoke jeans. I have to have really expensive jeans because I live in my jeans when I’m not on camera.”
Pointing out a pair of grey £40 skinny jeans Cilla says: “I love those jeans. I wouldn’t wear them over here but I’d wear them in Barbados, and Florida. I can totally relax in Barbados, I’m the reckless old age pensioner abroad but I don’t do flip flops. I do platforms; I always wear heels on holiday.”
In an attempt to get her out of her designer clobber and into high street fashions, Gok eventually converts Cilla to the wonder of high street denim in a pair of Topshop jeans for £35, a leather jacket from All Saints and sparkly sequin top.
Thoroughly impressed with her new rock chick look, Cilla tells Gok ‘I love it love it love it’.
“Honestly Gok I wasn’t looking forward to it because I hate shopping but look at this rock chick! I’m looking at me self and I’m saying ‘bring on the boys’!”
See Cilla’s transformation on Gok’s Fashion Fix, Tuesday 8pm on Channel 4.