Whether you’re a fashion newbie, the sloppily dressed office worker, or a frenzied multi-tasking mom, a few things in your lives might just change, forever. International makeover goddesses Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, famous for their BBC show- What Not to Wear, are in India to wake you up from your style slumber.
The sassy, witty and straight talking makeover specialists, who have been criticised for their blunt and harsh style, have travelled the world, fixing up mummy tummies, ‘b****s heading south’ and poorly upholstered ‘t...’. And for the passion deprived souls, who urge them to be honest on them, they have ‘a kick right up their a***’.
“You shoot 40 hours and it’s made into 45 minutes — chop, chop, chop. You can’t help but be straight forward on a TV show,” says Trinny. But then, there is Susannah to balance it out. “Participants gravitate towards her when they want love and affection. She is like, come to me. You can let go now. It’s going to be okay... she is very gentle with women going through incredibly traumatic situation, but she knows who needs a kick right up her a**,” adds the stylista.
The ladies, who will give makeovers to men and women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds — and present them in a glamourous avatar on their show, Trinny & Susannah’s Makeover Mission India, to be aired on TLC, will keep it, fun and easy, they promise. Trinny who has been shopping her heart out in India, says she finds Delhi ‘more chic and less risk-taking than Mumbai’. “Mumbai seems to be more risk-taking, you get to see perhaps a little bit more colour, more street (fashion), while I find Delhi more chic. And conservative too. The working women I saw here are either wearing the sari or the salwar kameez, keeping fashion within traditional boundaries,” she says. “I’ve seen quite a few Delhi designers trying to make fashion interesting, but that doesn’t really trickle down to the office workers on the street,” adds Trinny.
Susannah agrees. “If we compare Mumbai to Delhi, we find Mumbai more like New York, while Delhi seems more like Paris,” sums up the style expert, who is very excited to be in India for the first time. “I have shot in India for the first time, and I must say that I have absolutely fallen in love with it. The people are wonderful. There is laughter, care, drama, entertainment and so many beautiful looking women,” she says.
We had to get some quick style advice from the duo. “Indian women generally are bottom heavy. They carry a lot of weight around their thighs, bums and tummy. It’s a must for them to be in good shape. Wear good underwear, and a good bra that will shape up your waist,” advises Susannah. She also feels that Indian women should try and avoid wearing skinny jeans, because a lot of them are bottom heavy. “Skinny jeans will only make your bum look bigger. Go for flared jeans, which will flatter you body types,” she says.
They also do not like Indian women always wearing black. “You have beautiful colours, and amazing handicrafts. Why not make the best of it,” says Trinny who is in love with Rajasthan and has shopped her heart out, picking up handicrafts and hand spun fabrics.
We asked if she liked any Indian fashion designer, and her pick is Nida Mahmood. “I love her edgy stuff, and have bought many of her designs,” she shares.