Leigh-Anne Pinnock is leaving her Little Mix bandmates behind for her latest gig, having just been announced as the new face of Umbro for SS19.
The singer stars in a campaign for the sportswear label’s sub-brand Umbro Projects, with the Nineties-inspired collection featuring separates and sporty dresses emblazoned with the iconic Umbro logo.
“I’m so proud to be partnering with Umbro,” said Pinnock. “Sport luxe is a massive part of my style and I love this collection because it is so versatile.
“It’s filled with killer pieces that you can wear in so many different ways. Perfect for working out and getting active but then you can whip on a pair of heels and you’ve got a great night out look.”
In fact, the 27-year-old has already been seen wearing a black and white crop top and trousers from the collection, teamed with high-heeled sandals on a night out with footballer boyfriend Andre Gray.
Clearly, Pinnock was chosen by the British brand for her cool personal style, but, truth be told, she hasn’t always been a flawless fashion queen.
On the road from The X-Factor to world pop domination, the singer has worn some, well, questionable ensembles, and some of them not that long ago.
Here, we look back at her style evolution…
Little Mix won The X-Factor in 2011, when Pinnock was still a teenager. In the early days, her style was all about big hair, little black dresses and seriously high heels.
The band’s ‘glow-up’ happened around 2013, when they swapped the kooky, girlish outfits for glamorous gowns and tailoring. Pinnock’s penchant for all-black looks on the red carpet really worked for her.
On stage, body suits are Little Mix’s signature look. From monochrome to military, Pinnock sure knows how to rock a leotard.
To be frank, 2017 was a strange year for Pinnock style-wise. She seemed to be going through a denim phase, marked by this distressed denim gown at the Brit Awards, which we can only presume was an ironic ode to Britney Spears’ infamous 2001 dress.
Then came this bizarre pair of one-legged jeans – Perrie Edwards’ denim chaps raised several questions as well.
But the ladies were back on track the following year with this grown-up tailored glam look on the Global Awards 2018 red carpet.
Going it alone at London Fashion Week shows, Pinnock tends to choose brave, fashion-forward looks like these head-to-toe neon and faux fur outfits.
And the faux fur was out again at last year’s Jingle Bell Ball – anyone else getting East 17 vibes here?!
Let’s face it, Little Mix’s on-stage outfits are always going to be pretty out-there – and, really, isn’t that what pop stars are for? – but Pinnock continues to kill it on the red carpet.
We think this emerald silk gown at the 2019 Brits, which channels Noughties J-Lo, might just be her best awards show look yet.
- Press Association