Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen oozes class as he dons all black and a RAPIER
‘Thanks to Bridgerton, I’m actually back in fashion’: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen wears all black leather and brandishes a RAPIER ahead of the return of Changing Rooms
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen channelled his inner Bridgerton when he donned black leather ahead of the return of his 1990s show Changing Rooms.
In a series of new promotional snaps for the show, the 56-year-old self-styled ‘homestyle consultant’ oozed flamboyance as he rocked a cheeky black outfit.
The star of his ensemble was his trouser, boot and waistcoat combo, which were all made from black leather.
‘Thanks to Bridgerton, I’m actually back in fashion’: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen wore an all black leather ensemble and brandished a RAPIER ahead of the return of Changing Rooms
Grin: The 56-year-old interior designer completed his look with a simple knee-length black overcoat and a cheeky smoulder
He wore a simple, yet classy, black overcoat that came down to just above knee-level.
In one snap, a skull and cross bones design adorned his waistcoat.
Seen standing in a grand room, befitting of a regal ball from the hit Netflix show Bridgerton, Llewelyn-Bowen also held a rapier in one of his gloved hands.
Speaking about his look, the TV star said he wanted to re-visit some of his older styles as he prepped for the 25th anniversary and return of Changing Rooms.
He said: ‘September will mark the 25th anniversary of the first ever Changing Rooms episode hitting our screens so I really liked the idea of re-visiting the look I had back then for this new shiney 2021 revivification of the show.
Interior royalty: Striking a pose, the designer channeled a very stately posed in his slightly kinky get-up
Keeping it cool! Donning a pair of sunglasses, Llewelyn-Bowen looked almost ready to duel an opponent in this promotional snap ahead of the return of Changing Rooms
‘Funnily enough, thanks to Bridgerton, it looks like I’m actually back in fashion.’
Llewelyn-Bowen’s latest snaps came amid a number of probes into the financing of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street Flat renovations.
Commenting on the redecoration, Llewelyn-Bowen said: ‘Who knew that wallpaper could be so political?
‘Not since the moment when the arsenic green flock in Napoleon’s Saint Helena bedroom was accused of poisoning the former Emperor has makeover been such a toxic chalice.
‘Bojo’s big mistake was to do it in private; if he and Carrie-Antoinette had had the sense to swap with next door neighbours the Sunaks, I and the Changing Rooms band wagon could have at least extracted some prime time entertainment from the moment when Bojo painted the parlour.’
Skulls: With his overcoat removed and his back turned towards the camera, a skull and cross bones design could be seen patterning his waistcoat
Inspo: Llewelyn-Bowen joked that the success of Netflix hit show Bridgerton (pictured), which he said: ‘Thanks to Bridgerton, it looks like I’m actually back in fashion’
Back in October, it was announced that Llewelyn-Bowen’s classic show was set for a return to British television on Channel 4.
The show returns later this year after a 16-year break, with Davina McCall and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as hosts.
The former Big Brother presenter, 52, will take over from the original host Carol Smillie for a reboot of the classic home makeover show, which originally aired on BBC One from 1996 to 2004.
Speaking previously, Davina said: ‘I’m so excited to be presenting Changing Rooms. It’s the perfect time to bring it back. Everyone is going DIY and decor-mad!
‘I can’t wait to see all the amazing transformations. I might even get stuck in myself if I’m allowed to be let loose with a paint brush.’
Despite dressing up in striking black leathers, Llewelyn-Bowen said he originally needed encouragement from showrunners to return for the show’s revival.
He previously said: ‘It’s taken quite a lot of coaxing to get me under the Changing Rooms banner once more, but nothing like as much coaxing as it’s going to take to squeeze those leather trousers back on.’
Back in the day: Llewelyn-Bowen originally hosted Changing Rooms between 1996 and 2004 alongside Carol Smillie, but will now appear next to former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall
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