Trinny and Susannah in Oz
By Ellen Connolly
December 16, 2007
AUSSIE women be warned: bossy-boots fashion doctors Trinny and Susannah are on their way to tackle the nation's fashion faux pas and invigorate wayward wardrobes.
The What Not To Wear duo said from London last week Australian women could expect to have their wrong-sized bras torn off, and be prodded and pinched as they empower women to make the most of their body shape.
And our men won't get off lightly, either: they've been told to expect a carve-up because they "dress like s***".
The stars of the British reality makeover shows What Not To Wear and Undress The Nation will arrive in Sydney in March after signing a lucrative deal with Westfield.
In a series of public events, the irreverent pair will dole out their brutal fashion advice at shopping centres across the country.
"It's the first time we've done this outside of the UK," Trinny Woodall said.
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide are on the pair's hit list. They will also host exclusive live styling sessions.
And although Susannah Constantine said Australian women should not be nervous about their impending onslaught, Aussie blokes should be.
"Men - don't for a second think you're going to get off lightly," Constantine said.
"I have to say Australian men do dress pretty s*** - all boardshorts and singlets."
Constantine conceded that her knowledge of what Australians wear was limited.
"I think of Australian fashion as being outdoorsy, clean and sporty - not too much fuss," she said.
"I think someone like Collette Dinnigan epitomises the Australian woman."
Constantine is also a big fan of Elle Macpherson's underwear range, and of "style queens" Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.
The irreverent pair's targets in Sydney will include frumpy housewives, single women in their 30s who are in a rut, and "women who never put themselves first".
The fashion gurus say they don't advocate dieting or surgery for a beautiful body, but rather dressing for your body shape.
Their latest book, The Body Shape Bible, orders women to forget about size-zero models and aim to dress for their size, shape and age.
Trinny and Susannah have become household names in Britain since their first season of What Not To Wear in 2001 and their numerous fashion advice books have sold more than 2.5 million copies.
The duo will travel to Australia via Los Angeles, where they will host a BBC program filmed at the Oscars ceremony.
So, A-listers on the red carpet will be very scared, but should Australian women also be worried about their merciless approach?
"I don't think they should be nervous. We love women," Constantine said.
"We would never want to hurt a woman's feelings. We never criticise women personally; we only criticise the clothing they're wearing."
Woodall added: "On this roadshow, we'll be getting them to the stage where they'll want to change the way they dress."
She said Australians were probably more sporty and body-conscious than their British targets.