Tim Gunn, Gentleman

Manolo says, there is the good article about one of the Manolo’s new favorite peoples, the Tim Gunn, head of the fashion department at Parsons and one of the stars of the Project Runway.

As we made our way down the wide center staircase to the men’s department, we asked Gunn what he thought about the outcome of Project Runway and the fact that underdog Jay McCarroll beat out favorite Kara Saun.

“I was thrilled by it,” he said. “Jay needed to win that. Kara Saun is a fabulous designer and a wonderful person, but she is [already] very well grounded in Los Angeles; she has a customer base. We had to get Jay out of Lehman, Pennsylvania!”

But just as Gunn was not aware that Wendy Pepper was “a calculating sociopath” until he watched the finished episodes like the rest of us, he also had no inkling of McCarroll’s design chops until a few weeks into the taping.

“I thought he would be one of the first few off,” Gunn admitted. “I thought, how far can his personality take him? It really was not until the Banana Republic challenge that I thought, ‘Wow, this is a formidable talent to be reckoned with.'”

And McCaroll’s winning collection “was filled with huge risks that could have crashed and burned, but didn’t,” added Gunn. “I applaud that level of risk taking because it says something about the designer’s commitment to their work as opposed to pleasing an audience. I love Kara Saun’s work, but her collection was safe. It was what we expected of her.”

Manolo says, this it is pretty much exactly what the Manolo felt about the Jay and the Kara. At the first the Manolo he did not think the Jay was all that, but then, as the show it went on, it became apparent that the Jay he was indeed all that.

In any of the events, you must read this article, if only to see the two things. The first, to learn of the incredible chintzy-cheapness of the Banana Republic, and the second to see the graceful manner in which the Tim he has responded to this cheapness, and to his new founded celebrity.

Manolo says, the Tim Gunn, he is the epitome of what the Manolo he considers grace, and dignity, and polite behavior.

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