Get your walking shoes at the ready, fashionistas! On Sunday 19th August, over one hundred of the UK’s most stylish will take part in an exclusive charity walk, strutting 6k across London from one shopping hotspot in Victoria to another in the City of London’s Cheapside. The event will raise money for One New Change’s charity partner The Prince’s Trust and the fashionable convoy will be lead by none other than Millie Mackintosh. And you know what that means? No need to fret about your beehive falling out of place because, in true Made in Chelsea style, strutters will be preened and pampered by celebrity favourites InParlour at the start line before taking part in a high energy warm up with London’s coolest fitness club, Gymbox. Yep, this is not your average charity walk, people! Grazia Daily gave Millie a call to find out more about the event, which songstress she's crushing on and the trend she's too scared to try...
Grazia Daily: You've been a busy bee recently!
Millie Mackintosh: I went from the Isle of Wight Festival to Radio One's Hackney Weekend to Majorca then back to England for T4 on the Beach this weekend so I'm exhausted!
Grazia Daily: Blimey! How do you relax?
Millie Mackintosh: I'm the pamper queen! I love facials and massages but I'm just as happy to go to a friend's house and chill out in the bath.
Grazia Daily: So tell us about the Sunday Strut - how did you get involved?
Millie Mackintosh: One New Change asked me to do it and my initial reaction was '6K? Oh. God.' I like to exercise but I'm certainly not a marathon runner! But then I thought it would be a good challenge and it's for a good cause so why not?
Grazia Daily: What will you be wearing?
Millie Mackintosh: I can't wear my comfy gym gear so I need to buy some wedged trainers. Isabel Marant are my dream pair but I haven't managed to find them anywhere so I'll probably end up getting the Topshop version. I haven't been brave enough to try them yet... Do you think I can pull them off?
Lana Del Rey and Millie Mackintosh at the Isle of Wight Festival
Grazia Daily: Of course! Lana Del Rey has been practically living in hers.
Millie Mackintosh: Oh, I love Lana! I met her at the Isle of Wight Festival and she's so beautiful in the flesh. She has amazing style and I love her music so she's become quite an icon for me. She was wearing a blue and pink Sandro top when I saw her, which I desperately want.
Grazia Daily: Are there any other trends you've wanted to try but haven't dared to yet?
Millie Mackintosh: Peplums are tricky to pull off and I have a pair of floral white trousers that I've been too scared to wear. Yet.
Grazia Daily: So back to your outfit for the fashion walk, what will you be teaming your wedges with?
Millie Mackintosh: I'll wear a light summer dress to keep cool and have some face mist in my bag to stay refreshed. Fingers crossed it'll be sunny but not sweaty!
Grazia Daily: Will you be putting in some practice beforehand?
Millie Mackintosh: I walk my dog every morning but I'll have to step it up a notch! I want to get fit for summer anyway and I don't want to be huffing and puffing on the day.
Grazia Daily: What's your top tip for walking in heels?
Millie Mackintosh: Be prepared with plasters! And I recommend wearing wedges rather than sky-high stilettos. But if us girls can spend a day walking round the shops, I'm sure we can do it for charity. Surely we do about 6K round the dance floor on a Saturday night?!
Grazia Daily: So will you be at the front of the pack, motivating the troops like a gym teacher?
Millie Mackintosh: Yes! I'll have a megaphone and a whistle round my neck and a bag of chocolates to coax them on. When we arrive at One New Change, there's an exclusive after party at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen where we can celebrate with cocktails and canapes. What more incentive do you need?
Grazia Daily: Hurrah! So where in London is your favourite place to shop?
Millie Mackintosh: One New Change is really handy because it has everything you need under one roof. I'll be dashing straight to Topshop once the walk is over!
Grazia Daily: The walk raises money for the Prince's Trust - will any of the Royal Family be joining you?
Millie Mackintosh: I've asked… I'd most like to meet the Queen's corgis but Prince Charles would look good in a pair of pink stilettos, wouldn't he?
If you want to sign up to take part in The Sunday Strut in aid of The Prince’s Trust alongside Ms Mackintosh, all you have to do is register online www.onenewchange.com then set up your Virgin Money Giving page and confirm your registration by paying the first £25 to secure your spot then raise a minimum of £100 in total (so an additional £75), for The Prince’s Trust. There are just 100 places for this exclusive event so go, go, go!