Trinny & Susannah are back! Gok Wan may have nabbed their TV makeover crown. Mary Portas' Kinky Knickers are hotter than the duo's Magic Pants. But like a pair of feisty terriers the What Not To Wear stars aren't prepared to let go, just yet. Set to be the Queens of QVC, they've been busy 'designing' a new figure-flattering range, 'When we got the call from QVC, it was the most fucking exciting thing,' shouted Trinny as the pair barnstormed the launch party barking soundbites and issuing their trademark body shape philosopy.
In keeping with the two posh girls' best-selling book, this collection is designed to boost confidence by using the art of camouflage to help create a well-proportioned silhouette. 'Women feel like they go over a size 16 and they've turned into a blob,' yelled Susannah. 'We've designed a range of dresses that do something for the body. Give you a waist if you have no waist.' cried Trinny, 'I feel sexy, which I like. I usually feel bony and puny.' One of the things that distinguishes Trinny & Susannah from Gok & Mary, is that they relate body image to their own hang-ups, which I like.
This is not the posh pair's first collection, 'We worked with Littlewoods and, ugh,' exclaimed Susannah, ' We just wonder why retailers don't lay it out in categories like big, tits, big bum and so on. Like we do in our shows. On QVC we'll talk about body shape, so you know what does it for you. We want to make women feel better about their bodies.' Wearing items from the collection, Trinny (top half only, from the range) & Susannah prodded and poked model Krissie to remind us that they are the original bossy boots fashion experts:
So, what about the collection itself? Some of the styles didn't have much hanger-appeal, though the Roland Mouret-inspired frock stood out.
And some of the fabrics looked a bit cheap, there was a particularly flammable-looking burgundy velvet jacket. But then the models arrived, and the dresses looked much better on the body. Prices range from £48 - £150, and sizes from 10-22. Krissie - who has just turned 40, by the way - told me that the contrast panel number fitted properly and made her look and feel good. There are certain similarities to the Twiggy for M&S Woman collection - no ground-breaking design, just easy affordable basics, such as animal print dresses and simple tailoring, that do actually flatter the figure.
Trinny & Susannah's QVC collection launches on Sunday 19 August.
What do you think of the range? And how do you feel about celebrity fashion collections?