Unusual Suspects: Fringe comics’ fashion makeover

Edinburgh fringe festival comedians 'Stuart Goldsmith, 'Stephen Bailey', Alex Edleman, 'Lucy Pohl, 'Chelsea Manders, 'Julian McCullough, 'Fin Taylor. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Edinburgh fringe festival comedians 'Stuart Goldsmith, 'Stephen Bailey', Alex Edleman, 'Lucy Pohl, 'Chelsea Manders, 'Julian McCullough, 'Fin Taylor. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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The takeover has begun.

Our beloved city has officially been ambushed by a bunch of creatives running amok for the next four weeks.

With every flyer-pushing peddler trying to grab our attention, it is hard not to judge a book by its cover. That’s why we thought it’d be a good idea to give a bunch of comedians a native makeover.

As they arrived en masse, decked out in joker-chic – that’s jeans and T-shirt to you and I – a uniform that is scarcely diverted from, it was time to release these creatures of habit from the shackles of shoddy dressing and unearth a little personality via the medium of clothing.

I am not going to lie, there were tears – some of joy, others of utter trepidation and disgust – but all in all they got into the spirit of the makeover and adopted the relevant characters of their chosen outfits.

From the effortless cool of Edinburgh’s very own Common People to the all-out showgirl-tastiness of design queens Obscure Couture – this makeover was about going bold.

Matching performance with personality – after all, no-one wants to go watch a wall flower.

Stuart Goldsmith

Extra Life, Pleasance Courtyard, 7pm, August 5-12, 14-24.

Comedic style: Charisma and passion.

Personal style: Caravan park.

Stuart is wearing: Blue velvet jacket, £425, from Duchamp, bird print shirt, £85, trousers are part of Duchamp suit.

Lynne on Stuart: This guy is a festival veteran, that means only one thing in clothing terms – blue velvet. The suit is by Duchamp, the Scottish powerhouse brand behind dandy dressing for a modern man. Stuart pulled it off effortlessly.

Stephen Bailey

Neon Heart, Gilded Balloon, 4.15pm, August 5-10, 12-24.

Comedic Style: Smart, classic and demure with a bright twist

Personal Style: Laid-back California beach prince – bright yet more flowy and relaxed.

Stephen is wearing: Leaf printed sweatshirt, £79, Ted Baker, cream orb print denim shorts, £155, Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood at Harvey Nichols, white Birkenstocks, £36, Debenhams.

Lynne on Stephen: I’m not going to lie, I’m a little in love with Stephen. He’s the kind of person who isn’t afraid of expressing himself so I opted to put him in print on print.

Alex Edelman

Millennial, Pleasance Courtyard, 8.15pm, August 5-24.

Comedic style: East Coast American mainstream with an alternative sensibility.

Personal style: “I buy clothes I fall in love with. Then I wear them until they fall apart.”

Alex is wearing: Olive eye sweatshirt, £185, printed jeans, £240, Vivienne Westwood, both from Harvey Nichols.

Lynne on Alex: This youngest has a touch of the rock stars about him but he looked a little like a middle-aged woman working in Millets. I wanted to put him in an outfit with attitude since he has that in abundance.

Lucie Pohl

Hi, Hitler, Gilded Balloon, 4.15pm,

August 5-10, 12-25

Comedic style: Shaken not stirred.

Personal style: New York City in a bratwurst bun.

Lucie is wearing: Barbosella ball gown top, £4795, and Delphinium ballgown skirt, £10,495 both designed exclusively by Obscure Couture for www.wecraveit.com.

Lynne on Lucie: The girl made a beeline for the ballgown, and embodied the vibrant spirit of the Scottish designers who made it, Obscure Couture.

Chelsea Manders

Don’t Tell My Dad, Assembly George Square Studios, 10.30pm, August 5-10, 12-25.

Comedic style: Naughty music comedy with a satirical twist.

Personal style: “Designer folk. Sequins, rhinestones and whatever else I wore to the beer tent the night before.”

Chelsea is wearing: Zebra jumpsuit, £55, by Julian McDonald for Debenhams.

Lynne on Chelsea: This blonde bombshell has a body to covet so I covered it in a zebra-print jumpsuit.

Julian McCullough

Dream Girls, Pleasance Courtyard, 10.45, August 5-10, 12-24.

Comedic style: Somewhere between Donovan and Noel Gallagher.

Personal style: “I would describe my style as slightly feminine grandpa.”

Julian is wearing: Snowdonia Baseball jacket, £66, Grasmere shorts, £36, and T-shirt, £26, all from Common People.

Lynne on Julian: There was only one brand I could envisage putting Julian in, and that’s our city’s very own Common People. They are a match made in heaven.

Fin Taylor

Fin Taylor: Real Talk, Just the Tonic at The Tron, 10.20pm, August 5-11, 13-24.

Comedic style: Navel-gazing disguised as philosophical-observational rants; Real Talk.

Personal style: 1970s Dutch footballer relaxing at the training ground.

Fin is wearing: Denim jacket, £240, jeans, £230, all Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood at Harvey Nichols.

Lynne on Fin: It was his 70s Dutch footballer reference that got me cooking up triple denim. He disagreed with the clothing choice so I told him to take it up with Dame Vivienne Westwood.