Trek Women
November 17, 2008

Tim says make it work…

Timgunn5Sometimes life is wunderbar! I got to see Tim Gunn, THE Tim Gunn on Saturday!!! If you’re not a fan of Project Runwayon Bravo TV – then you’re not going to get this blog. If you love the Runway as much as I love the Runway – ooooh, Tim spilled some dirt!!!

Okay, the backstory, Henderson Hall, which is the Marine Corps Exchange (like a Macy’s, but for military) near the Pentagon, hosted a Liz Clairborne fashion show and Tim, being the Creative Director for the brand was the special guest. My friend Bill, also a ginormous Runway fan, came with me since I scored two tickets. First, Tim showed off the Liz line and then opened it up for Q&A.

 

Right off the bat, Tim says most people have been asking about Kenley (mean girl, made the same stupid pin-up girl dress over and over again).

 

According to Bill…

“[Tim] trashed ole Kenley - the 1st question: was her portrayal on TV the result of an editing job, or was she really like that?  The answer - she was WORSE!  We didn't see more than a fraction of how annoying and rude she was.  Tim said he would like to see Wendy Pepper, Zulema, Vincent, Victorya and Kenley left on some desert island.  And if Kenley was included, Tim would row the boat (though of course she would tell him he was rowing in the wrong direction).”  

 

Tim had this to say about Runway:

> His favorite challenge win was the collaboration in season 4 between Chris March and Christian Siriano. 

> He stays in touch with some of the designers; but, waits for them to contact him.

> He said “make it work” one time and everyone went crazy in the audience.

> He also said that they shoot the entire season leading up to when the contestants go home to work on their collections in 30 days. By day 20, all of the designers are hagged out (my word, not Tim’s).

As one of probably 5 guys in the audience, Bill got to ask Tim a question.

Bill: What is the future for Project Runway?

Tim: [talks about the lawsuit between Bravo TV and the Weinstein Brothers and the show’s move to Lifetime, should be decided by January] We finished filming Season 6 in Los Angeles and it is very good. No matter what happens, we will have a fashion show in Bryant Park in February and select a winner. What we don’t know is whether this season will ever be shown on television, depending on how the lawsuit comes out.

 

Whaaat! Despite my wariness about the move to the Lifetime, there are only so many more Runway marathons I can watch before I need some new material. Thank goodness Top Chef is back. Anyway, Tim went on to talk about his new show Tim Gunn's Guide to Style and offer fashion advice, like this nugget...

 

Q: I’m a little thick in the middle, should I wear an empire-waist dress?

Tim: Never! No one should ever wear an empire-waist dress -- who knows what you’re hiding under there. Wrap dresses are flattering on most figures. [Tim is also a big fan of belts.]

 

Q: Tim, you look so put together whenever I see you on TV and in magazines. Do you dress like this every day?

Tim [in a meticulous black pinstriped suit, white shirt and lilac-colored, diagonal striped tie]: This is my uniform. But, when I pick up the New York Times tomorrow, I’ll be dressed casually. When I visit my mother, she always says, ‘Why do you wear so much black?’ ‘Why can’t you dress more like Mitt Romney?’ [Tim gasps dramatically] My own mother, a traitor.

 

Tim is exactly like how he appears on TV – gracious and a bit babbly with a lovely, dry sense of humor.

 

Tim’s final piece of sage advice for any prospective Runway designer… “It’s true, whatever you do, don’t bore Nina.”

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