Meet the Fashion Shrink

From a student to a yoga instructor, a vicar's wife to an eyelash bar receptionist and a full-time footballer's wife self-proclaimed fashionistas will shop till they drop on TLC's new show, Ultimate Shopper. One of the judges keeping the competitive shopping spirit high is Britain's style diva, Brix Smith. Joined by pop singer-actor Holly Valance and street style photographer Paul Hartnett, the show is about four shopaholics in the race to be the "ultimate shopper". In an email conversation with JASKIRAN KAPOOR, the rockstar-turned- fashionista, Smith, defines her sense of fashion, her love for denim, and being a fashion shrink.

Tell us about the show.

It's a shopper-versus-shopper contest as they hunt down the perfect look to fit the brief. It's about creativity and quick-thinking fashion sense. At the end of each episode, the two final contestants will have a face off and the last shopper standing will be rewarded with a dream wardrobe of all their chosen pieces.

How do you operate as a fashion shrink?

The first thing I look at when I am styling someone is their skin, hair and eye colour and then make sure that they're in the right colours for themselves. It is easy to figure out the right colour for yourself by looking yourself in the mirror. Once that is done, what you wear feels great.

Is the world of fashion indifferent to odd sizes?

There are many companies catering to plus-sized women, and what I love about Ultimate Shopper is that we have on it contestants of various ages and different sizes. Generally, the older women did a lot better than the younger ones because they'd been dressing their shape for a lot longer, and knew what worked for them, what they felt comfortable and appropriate in. There really shouldn't be a cut off time when you can't enjoy fashion, or it can't enhance your life.

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