Favourites In Fashion – Part2

Love, Love, Love Brix Smith-Start

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Brix Smith-Start is the fierce, fabulous and exuberant stylist taking on Gok each week in Gok’s Fashion Fix. After two seasons, she is still stealing the spotlight with her pure passion and determination to beat Gok! Always seen with her adorable pugs in tow – Pixie & Gladys – Brix Smith-Start is a force to be reckoned with!

With unmistakable style and charisma, Smith-Start is a stylist, buyer and co-founder of the START boutiques in East London. Always dressed to impress – her taste, style and infectious energy is an inspiration to all.

Born in Los Angeles, Smith-Start was a part of the legendary British band The Fall. Joining the group in 1983 as the guitarist, singer and co-songwriter, she achieved cult success while forging her striking style and fashion expertise. Now going head to head with Gok each week in the fashion faceoff, Smith-Start’s high-end choices are simply put… to die for! With a soft spot for British Designers as well as Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Phillip Lim, Acne and Alexander Wang; Smith-Start makes a strong style statement with an elegant, rock and roll edge.

Always committed to going above and beyond to achieve a victory over Gok; Smith-Start has travelled right across the country and beyond in search of the ‘Best of British’. She has also made sacrifices! One being a glue stain on her gorgeous Rick Owens’ dress while visiting the Mackintosh factory in Scotland. But her search for the perfect trench was not in vain – winning the fashion faceoff with undeniable Brix flare and sheer brilliance.

Smith-Start launched her first boutique START in 2002 with her husband Philip Start. Starting out as a necessity as Shoreditch didn’t have anywhere for her to shop; START has now grown to encompass three boutiques as well as an online store. Considered among some of the top boutiques in the world, START is your go-to place for the best edited designer pieces. Overflowing with the coolest designers and the hottest collection of clothing, shoes and accessories – START is the ultimate shopping destination in East London!

And if that isn’t enough – she also films her own online channel – Start Television! Talking us through the newest must-haves and the designers you will find in-store, Start Television is a celebration of fashion, fun and fabulousness!  

Uptown Twirl loves Brix Smith-Start…
I adore Smith-Start’s vibrant energy, enthusiasm and electric style. And I genuinely think she should win the catwalk faceoff every week! Her choices are always timeless perfection!

To the darling Brix Smith-Start & your gorgeous pugs – I love you!

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Favourites In Fashion – Part1

I Heart Tim Gunn

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Tim Gunn is the endearing, patient and ever encouraging co-host and mentor of Project Runway. With his signature statements ‘make it work’ and ‘go, go go!’ – Tim Gunn is one of the main reasons to watch!  

Season after season of Project Runway he entertains, makes us laugh and brings that unmistakeable Tim Gunn poise, style and extensive panache of words to our screens. Always immaculate in a suit and tie – his taste and style is inspirational to both men and women.

With a resume of two hit television series (Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style and Project Runway) as well as a best-selling book (Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style)… quite simply put he is a fashion and style expert. Giving his highly regarded opinion to the Project Runway contestants, Gunn is always calm, understanding and unbiased. Even with those difficult ones (remember Kenley Collins from season 5)!

Watching Gunn recently on Oprah, helping men to reinvent their look in ‘Make Over My Man’, cemented his status as a genuine sweetie! Working with each man’s personality, Gunn instigated potentially life changing transitions with unbelievable results. In his own show, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, he has helped many women regain their confidence while showing them how they may look and feel their best. With his charming and honest approach, Gunn is able to connect with people and genuinely help.

Gunn was on the faculty of Parsons The New School for Design for almost twenty-four years. In 2000, Gunn was appointed Chair of the Department of Fashion Design. During his term, Parsons become the leader of fashion design education in America and arguably the world. He is now Honorary Chair of Fashion Design at the school. He is also the Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc; assisting and developing the creativity of the companies’ portfolio of brands.

Uptown Twirl loves Tim Gunn…
I adore Gunn’s extraordinary vocabulary, kind-hearted sweet temperament and words of encouragement for the contestants.

To the charismatic, charming Tim Gunn – I love you!

I would love to hear from you! Who are some of your favourite people in fashion? x