Meet Trinny and Susannah.
~Susannah to the left in her fabulous orange frock & Trinny to the right showing off her darling daisy dress~
The Brit Babes from the original What Not To Wear are back and are fixing every fashion faux pas they can get their mitts on with TLC's Making Over America with Trinny and Susannah.*
Every style adventure begins with the duo driving to the intended target's home while reading a bio, neatly encased in a folder, as they gab about what they could discover upon stepping out and up to the next front door. Once there (each with one well-adorned shoe in), they 'meet and greet' and take the rest of the day to live the lives of their subject (whether donning military fatigues for a Staff Sergeant mother of three or leading little girls in some rah! rah! cheers as cheer leading coaches) They dig down deep to the root of the fashion-challenged individual and discern exactly what the woman wants to look and feel like when the experience is said and done and as a viewer, you feel like they really do want to listen, learn and help you achieve your goal (even if it is laced with something I personally adore: a twinge of sarcastic humor and wit) ... and it all starts with some much needed 'closet cleansing':
Sometimes Trinny and Susannah are even shocked at what they find!
When the first day is done, and the sun sets, just as the initial shock is starting to wear off the face of the makeover subject ... the twosome drops the next bit of shocking news: they aren't finished yet ... they aren't going anywhere ... nope, nope, nope! The entire next day will be spent shopping as they tug, fit and pull the gal into 'style shape.' Just to be sure that there are no second thoughts, excuses or plans for escape, the girls keep a close eye on their chickadee by watching from VERY close proximity: the driveway!
Of course only the best and most savvy form of transportation will do for these girly girls.
... and after, emerging from their trailer all gussied up and ready to get their 'shop' on!
As they shop, they must first decide which body shape they are dressing: Is it a column? (straight up and down with a slight indent for the waist) Maybe a 'brick'? (where it is straight up and down but in complete proportion) or it could be a 'cello?" (what is commonly referred to as an 'hourglass shape") The list is endless because we are all unique and beautiful, no matter what our size and shape and Trinny and Susannah voice this reminder whenever they see fit. The experience is quite 'hands on' (literally, people) as they pinch, pat and squeeze tushies, chests, arms, legs and swat away hands and eyes trying to peek at numbers on both size and price tags trying to let us girls know that the size of the garment isn't what is important, it's the fit and the way it hugs our natural curves that is most important.
By the end of the day where 'aha' moments abound what seems like every second, they then whisk her away for hair and makeup lessons, and to truly complete the makeover, all while they sneak back up to the closet and rearrange it by ridding it of the old and refreshing it with nothing but the fabulous and new.
Once all is revealed (brand spankin' new closet included) and hugs are given and tears are shed, they then have one last task before heading out on the road again: the big reveal to both their girl AND her family and friends. They do take a precious few moments to look at the result of their hard work and talk alone with the woman before pulling down the curtain from the full length mirror and letting her see and stare at the 'new and improved' version of herself. After more tears are wiped and poses posed, they walk out, side by side, to nothing but thunderous applause from loved her ones. Another work day done.
As Trinny and Susannah drive away in their super stylish 'silver bullet', we read (and are reminded) of their sworn duty and motto as stylistas to uphold all things fashion-y:
WE CAME, WE SAW, WE MADEOVER!
I'll close today with something Trinny simply stated in a recent episode, "It's never just about the bloody clothes." Couldn't have said it any better myself.
Images courtesy of TLC
*Making Over America with Trinny and Susannah can be seen on TLC, Friday nights, after What Not To Wear