We met Lydia Bright

We talked Fashion with the ex-TOWIE star at last week’s lock-in.


Lydia Bright, formerly of reality show ‘The Only Way is Essex’, and her sister Georgia, visited Lincoln with their pop-up shop, Bella Sorella, for the recent lock-in at Waterside shopping centre.

Lydia Bright

Lydia Bright

We caught up with her before the event …

How did last night’s student lock-in, in Luton go? 

It went really well, it was really busy and we met loads of students. It was a really positive experience for us and Bella Sorella.

Are you enjoying doing them?

Yes! We love meeting new customers and bringing our boutique to new people and different cities.

Why did you decide to bring your boutique to Lincoln?

We’re just trying to visit as many cities as we can really with our brand. We heard Lincoln was having a student lock-in and we’ve never been before and so wanted to bring Bella Sorella to potential new customers, rather than them having to come to us.

Fashion editor, Alex, with Lydia at her pop-up store

Fashion editor, Alex, with Lydia at her pop-up store

Who is your inspiration in the fashion industry?

I would say my favourite designers would be Alice and Olivia, Marchesa and Christian Dior; so they are kind of my main inspiration with my designing and buying.

Celebrity fashion sense wise would probably be Olivia Palermo and Blake Lively.

If you could only have three items in your wardrobe, what would they be?

I think a pair of black leather court heels, a pair of black leather trousers, and thirdly a little black pencil dress. I think they’re staple pieces and are easy to match with any outfit.

I’ve chosen leather trousers more for day wear, a black dress is simple for the evening and I just love black court heels and I wear mine all the time.

Photos from the pop up boutique

Photos from the pop up boutique

Other than Bella Sorella, where do you shop?

I do a lot of high street shopping – I love Miss Selfridge and River Island, they are my two favourite high street retailers. I also do a lot of big boutique shopping as well; obviously I have an independent store, so I’m all about supporting independent businesses and local business. I do some vintage shopping as well, so I just try to mix and match really.

Finally, you’ve probably already answered this, but what do you prefer – designer or high street?

Personally, high street when it comes to clothing, as you don’t have to worry if you only want to wear something once, but when it comes to footwear I will always go designer.