All Hail the Tim Gunn!

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Tim Gunn, Our Hero

Manolo says, after the reading of this article, the Manolo he is officially worshiping at the altar of the Tim Gunn.

Gunn is happy that the show has pulled back the curtain to expose style’s nitty-gritty side. “Everyone thinks fashion is glamorous, you sit at the end of the runway and you accept a bouquet of roses at the end of a show,” he says.

“Fashion designers need to think on their feet, problem solve at the drop of a hat, be able to use whatever resources they have available to them to make whatever it is work. They have to understand who their audience is, what their design philosophy is.”

As always, the oracular voice of calm sanity at the center of the fashion storm.

By the way, this it is exactly the point the Manolo has made on many of the occasions in the past, that the fashion designing it takes talent, training, and much hard work, and that not every Gwen, Serena, Carlos, and J-Lo celebrity designer takes it into account that there is more to the fashion design than merely liking the clothes.


9 Responses to “All Hail the Tim Gunn!”

  1. The Kristen Says:

    Rock on Manolo and Tim! I am going to link to this in a piece I recently wrote about something similar. It appears the Demi Moore is coming out with a skincare line, which I think is utterly ridiculous.

  2. Kim Says:

    I think the reason I’ve become enamored of Project Runway is because it’s an actual test of peep’s artistic/psychological/business/focusing abilities, unlike the usual run of the mill reality fiasco. I find it fascinating that they have legitimate contendahs doing their stuff, be it good or bad. With tangible products and results required. Rather than some nebulous bogus apprentice-like project. An actual curriculum vitae is required. Now there’s a concept.

  3. Gigolo Kitty Says:

    Tim Gunn is the best part of Project Runway. I just wish he had not saved Wendy Pepper from herself so many times last season.

  4. Tres Francaise Says:

    Ah, Tim, an oasis of sanity in the desert of reality/competitive TV!

  5. Sarah Says:

    Tim Gunn is a national treasure. I dream of someday running into him in midtown and having coffee with him.

  6. final fashion Says:

    I love Tim Gunn too!
    He’s the best kind of teacher, helpful, yet brutally honest… I love hearing Tim’s take.

  7. Daisy Says:

    Have you listened to his podcasts on the Project Runway website? Marvelous!

  8. Lori Says:

    “Fashion designers need to think on their feet, problem solve at the drop of a hat, be able to use whatever resources they have available to them to make whatever it is work. They have to understand who their audience is, what their design philosophy is.”

    This is what it takes to do any job well, whether it’s designing fashion, delivering mail, or doing taxes. If you find yourself going through the motions, you owe it to yourself, your employer and your coworkers to either demand more from yourself or get a job that suits you better. You’ll be a lot more useful and feel better about yourself.

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