Tim Gunn, Gentleman

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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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8 Responses to “Tim Gunn, Gentleman”




  1. Owlet Says:

    When Tim G went to Jay’s tiny little house in that tiny little town, he was SO kind and gracious to everyone. If only more people would emulate such politeness.




  2. jj Says:

    The chintzy-cheapness is not only found in the policies of the Banana Republic but in the clothes as well. For $80 I would not expect to get the highest quality super fantastic pants, but I expect to get the pants with the well-sewn seams that do not unravel after a month’s wear.

    It is a sad thing for your company when the lower priced lines (Gap & Old Navy) have better quality seams and equal quality constrution as the higher priced line.




  3. Miss Tanya Says:

    The Tim Gunn, he is truly superfantastic. The office in which I work is but 2 city blocks from the Parsons and once I saw the Tim Gunn on the street and told him he was superfantastic. He was most gracious to this fan girl.




  4. SongbirdACR Says:

    Yes, indeedy! I was sad that Mr. Gunn wasn’t a bigger presence in the PR episodes. So I was thrilled to find his articles on the Bravo PR website – Tim’s Take – insightful summaries of each episode. I think PR & Mr. Gunn are single handedly responsible for my new love of high fashion! As, of course, are you, Manolo. =]




  5. Three Says:

    I was surprised about what The Manolo said about the cheapness and chintziness of the Banana Republic clothing so read the full article about the Tim Gunn. To quote the article: “The fit of everything right off the rack here – every suit, every dress pant – is fantastic for me,” he told us. “Plus, it has that classic tailoring with a little bit of modernness to it, a little bit of an edge. I’ve never turned back…Gunn’s enthusiasm for all things Banana remains undiminished, as witnessed by his choosing it as the site of our Shopping With excursion, and by the fact that even today he is outfitted, head to toe, in BR finery.” The Tim loves the Banana Republic!! As do I, finding the clothing to be of the high quality and the perfect fit for me, a man of the narrow size.




  6. Bagchic Says:

    Tim Gunn truly is a class act. He has the talent of giving negative critique without making the subject feel criticized, or demeaned.
    As far as Banana Republic goes, I do have ahard time imagining that the request for the return of clothing was random. Wardrobes are rarely to keep, and any such perks (like SJP’s in Sex & the City) are usually outlined in the contract, so there was most likely fine print to the effect that all garments were to be returned. In any event, Mr. Gunn seems to remain as classy as ever, and loyal as well, since he obviously harbors no ill will towards the chain, and continues to shop there as before.
    Thanks for posting the article manolo!




  7. Irene Done Says:

    Mr. Gunn is, like The Manolo, a gentleman, a scholar and a sweetie pie.




  8. Megan Says:

    I love Jay!!! I am from the town right next to him, Dallas. I know what its like to grow up in a small town. I’m a teenager and the coolest hang out for us is Turkey Hill. Many people who live here have talent, but they grow up get married here and
    have kids, then there life is over. He is an inspiration because he came from where i do and he unlike everyone else got up and made something of himself. I love him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!













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