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Sir Tim of the Gunn

When Tim speaks, we all listen. That's just the way it is.


In an interview with the L.A. Times (that desperately needed a copy editor), Tim lets loose on a variety of topics.

On the finale show:
"Owing to the fact that we couldn't reveal to the audience who the finalists were, we wanted to tape their introduction before the audience came in. We had to do a pre-fashion show, and we taped the whole thing. Through the miracles of editing, it's going to look as though the designers are speaking to the audience, but there isn't one."

Okay, that is the lamest thing we've ever heard of.

On Heidi in season 6:
"Well, I felt really bad for Heidi during most of Season 6 because, with too much frequency, she was the only common denominator, since she was the only one who had seen all the previous work of the designers."

Hunh? He felt bad for her because she'd seen all the previous work? We felt bad for the designers, not Heidi.

On Irina:
"Irina is tenacious. She really wants it. We had a very long lunch with Irina and her family, and, oh my God, talk about the nut not falling far from the tree. Her mother was saying things like, "If Irina doesn't win, she better not come home," and I could say she's already a winner. "

That explains a lot.

On Season 7:
"I will say that in Season 7 there are a number of designers who throw me under the bus, and Heidi says at one point, "I want a stool next to my chair with a red phone so I can call Tim Gunn," and I called out from the back, "I want a red phone to call you!" That will probably be edited out, though. [...] It's also the season of the sashay — no one other than me moves with any degree of urgency."

Thankfully, Tim has learned to stop declaring each season's crop of designers as the best ever in the history of the universe.

Read the entire interview here.


Related : 'Project Runway': Tim Gunn carries on (to Season 7) [LA Times]



[Photo: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com]



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93 comments:

It sucks to be the Robert Gibbs of Project Runway, dosen't it?


"I will say that in Season 7 there are a number of designers who throw me under the bus..."

If the designers have to blame Tim for poor work, it doesn't inspire much confidence in the talent level. Please not another season of mediocrity - I can't take it.


"It's also the season of the sashay — no one other than me moves with any degree of urgency."

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I do love Tim-speak for "These people drove me fucking nuts!"


I have to admit, I'm starting to hold my breath - waiting for some hideous disillusioning incident that just crushes me.

I mean, when a person, with a stellar public character, true competence (a high compliment from me) in his professional sphere, and unfailing decorum is in the public/media eye as much as Mr. Gunn, well, nobody's perfect.

(BTW, forcibly removing Heidi from contact with his person would NOT count, in my opinion.)


"Thankfully, Tim has learned to stop declaring each season's crop of designers as the best ever in the history of the universe."

LOL, yeah, I've been waiting for him to get teary eyed and get into the "I'm so proud of all of you..." speech, but I guess he doesn't feel that way this season.


Blaming Tim Gunn for your own bad work is like blaming Mr. Jay for a bad picture. Not only does it make you look foolish, unprofessional and lame, it pisses off their BFF super model in charge of your fate and you get sent. Home.


I don't like the interview. Tim comes off a little to much of the company man for my tastes. After a season of looking like he and the judges were not on the same script, maybe, it's how he wanted to appear.
Nina was absolutely right about the neoprene dress when she said "this is the only look that is remotely innovative.".
But you know, I won't kick him out of bed for eating crackers.


Ouch...

Have you watched "Models of the Runway"? Do you think it was a success?

When I first heard about the concept, I said out loud to myself in the privacy of my own home, "Has anyone ever met these girls?"


Mwah! Love Tim Gunn!


I still want to hug him. And if I ever have a mental break down I want him to be the one to come and help me. I am pretty sure he could fix it.


OK get out the pitchforks...

Tim's comments about poor Heidi come off a bit sycophantish. REALLY poor Heidi????

And btw Heidi and the judges made your advice looke like sabotage - or were you trying to sabotage the designers..... I didn't think so.

Interesting that season 7 designers hadn't seen this season yet - because people like Q and Johnny who listened to Tim's warnings and started over and then got slammed for it - would have been a cause for that kind of behavior.

Don't get me wrong - I don't want to bash Tim, his advice on this last episode has been very good.
But I wish that we would hear him come out and say Althea's two wins wear total BS.


"Okay, that is the lamest thing we've ever heard of."


I agree, we all know that's not how it happened.


bitchybitchybitchy

Tim Gunn is such a diplomat and class act.

I think it says so much about Sir Tim's professionalism that his interaction with Irina throughout season 6 gave this viewer no indication that they had ever set eyes on each other before the show.

Love the comment about the upcoming season of the sashay, and his comment about the Alexander McQueen shoes...


if season 7 will be as lame as season 6 was, then season 6 is officially the beginning of the end of project runway...at least for me


bitchybitchybitchy said...
Tim Gunn is such a diplomat and class act.

I think it says so much about Sir Tim's professionalism that his interaction with Irina throughout season 6 gave this viewer no indication that they had ever set eyes on each other before the show.


What does that mean? Did they know each other before?


It was a bit difficult to read the interview and not roll my eyes a couple of times, simply because I think Tim is being too generous and diplomatic. But, that's also what I love about him. Even with the wayward eye-rolling, I totally adore him. I want to hug him and have tea with him. Really, he's just fantastic, and such a sweetheart! Hearing him talk about how that woman on his show was direspectful to his crew, and how THAT pushed him over the edge... gotta love him!


The Season of the Sashay! Love it.


The "nut" doesn't fall far from the tree? Interesting choice of food items.


Everyone has to see the Guide to Style episode he talks about, that woman was awful and he cut her down perfectly in true Tim Gunn style!

Love this man, although I wish he was a little less diplomatic!

TLo can you please interview him for us?


I have nothing intelligent to say, so blinded I am by my love and admiration for him.


Laura Valerie said...
TLo can you please interview him for us?



They have already.


I was going to come here and exult in the many wonderful Tim Gunn opinions in the LA Times article - but there were too many of them.

Everyone who can, just go click on the link and read it.

I do have to say a big Yay to Mr. Gunn for his opinions about high end hand bags, being nice to the crew, and complaining about the accessories wall.


I think just the fact that Nina and Michael are going to be there all the time - plus they're back in NY - it'll be a much better season. I can't wait to see what Irina says on Thursday.


And YAY he won the dress! Ra'mon's (who is apparently named Remahn, according to the Times)neoprene dress.

I REALLY want to see Nina in that. Though I bet Mr. Gunn is too much of a gentleman to insist she wear it where she might be photographed.


Hi Laura, I found it. It's actually a very funny interview with Tim. Here's the link.


Quoth Sir Tim: I say to people who really want to reach and are looking at $5,000 handbags, "Spend half that amount and give the other half to charity." I just don't like conspicuous consumption. I find it distasteful.

I hereby nominate Sir Tim for Sainthood. St. Tim Gunn, patron saint of good fashion, good taste and good manners.

Bless him for his comments on flats and McQueen hoof shoes.

And, ZOMG, YOU GUYS, TIM GUNN IS A MAD MEN FAN. Hearts and stars! Gentlemen, next time you speak with Sir Tim, I think we would all appreciate a few questions about Tim Gunn's Mad Men viewing. Awesomesauce.

Like other commenters, I wish Sir Tim could just state what I think he may have really felt and thought about S6 and stop being so cautious, or, as other called it, playing the Company Man. Still, would we really enjoy that, having Sir Tim being NYC-honest, maybe even catty, or possibly out-and-out rude? That sort of behavior would mean that Tim Gunn had stopped being Tim Gunn, and I don't know if I could mentally survive the End of Gunn as We Know Him.


ASK, in the interview Tim says Irina was his student at Parsons.


Tim Gunn on Oprah this Thursday! Can't wait!


One thing I've missed this season (unless it's there and I failed to find it on the PR website) was Tim's Take -- his usually spot-on assessment of the runway looks in each ep, with his points of agreement and disagreement with the judges.


Is it just me or does anyone else get the impression that perhaps Saint Tim is tiring of the PR gig just a bit?


Hey! Whatever happened to the scandal where a model refused to wear a garment? That never happened, right? Help!


Thanks BB - I was going to get the the full interview later.


Fashion-wise, what's the biggest waste of money?
These days, women don't spend a lot of money on anything. But I think it's the seduction of a handbag. If you don't spend a lot of money, you appear cheap, which I think is ridiculous. I frankly have seriously difficulty understanding the appeal of really expensive (and by that I mean over $600) bags. Six hundred dollars is the bare minimum when it comes to those stratospheric bags. The Hermes cultures of "Well it's made by 60 people in an attic in the countryside of France" — to be blunt, who cares? And all these matching pelts. Who fundamentally cares? It's a big slouchy hobo bag. It's not as though it's a tailored piece of luggage. I just don't understand it. I say to people who really want to reach and are looking at $5,000 handbags, "Spend half that amount and give the other half to charity." I just don't like conspicuous consumption. I find it distasteful.


I LOVE Tim Gunn. Give half to charity. Awesome!!!


from the LA TIMES article....TIM GUNN said, "I have to tell you: Lifetime and Bunim/Murray had such respect for the show. They wanted to change as little as possible."

REALLY???? I'm sorry, Mr. Gunn, but what you saw in real time and what we viewers saw as the final edit must be like the B/M version of Photoshopping.....

I'm actually a HUGE TG fan, and I have so much respect for his critical eye and breaking things down to an everyman/everywoman perspective. I wish him continued success.....


[I]At the same time, though, this season there wasn't really a person for whom I have antipathy, like Kenley [Collins]. Blech.[/I]

Ha! Love Tim Gunn!


"Tim said: It's also the season of the sashay"




But hopefully the right people will shante.

--GothamTomato


Sir Tim's discretion is one of the primary reasons I love him so much.


I do have to say that in that first picture, in the sunglasses, in the glaring sunlight, Sir Tim looks like he's just landed on Mars.

--GothamTomato


I have to say, if Season 7 is already in the can, and they will be showing their collections this February... they need to start showing Season 7 soon... like NOW soon. If Lifetime starts showing right after Season 6, it would knock off around 8 or so designers before fashion week, and decoys would not be helped. The fact that they haven't promoted makes me think they won't air Season7 until after Fashion week, which leaves the top 3 designers in the same fiasco they were this year: anonymity.


The fact that Tim Gunn likes "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory" has MADE my day.

That man can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes now.


Just read the full interview. Love it. Love him.

Sir Tim needs to be appointed to the Obama cabinet as Secretary of Common Sense.

--GothamTomato


Gorgeous said, "Is it just me or does anyone else get the impression that perhaps Saint Tim is tiring of the PR gig just a bit?"

I think maybe he's tiring of being "Saint" Tim. People talk about his discretion and diplomacy, but he's been very candid about who he's disliked, designs he thought were terrible, etc. I mean, come on, the man actually mentions a designer he has "antipathy" (his word) for, and says, "blech" about her. And that's just one example of his much-heralded discretion and diplomacy.

By the way, I'm not criticizing him. I'm just saying that as time goes on the tongue seems to get a little looser. Often, I appreciate the candor.


Boy are you guys right about the article needing some copy-editing. Took me a minute to figure out who Remahn was. Shame on you, LA Times!


"Gorgeous Things said: Is it just me or does anyone else get the impression that perhaps Saint Tim is tiring of the PR gig just a bit?"




I didn't get that from it. But the 'sashay & urgency' comment made me think that maybe he just felt that the S7 designers didn't fully appreciate the opportunity they were being given by being cast in the show.

Ungrateful grasshoppers are annoying and tiresome.

--GothamTomato


"Okay, that is the lamest thing we've ever heard of."


I agree, we all know that's not how it happened.

Not only that, but most of us will be able to tell the difference. Stupid move.

Hearing Tim call season 7 the season of the sashay makes me miss RuPauls drag race.


Brooklyn Bomber said...

The "nut" doesn't fall far from the tree? Interesting choice of food items.



LOL I agree.


Anonymous wrote
>>Hey! Whatever happened to the scandal where a model refused to wear a garment? That never happened, right? Help!<<

I think that was the toilet dyed Neoprene dress made by Ramone wasn't it?
I don't blame the model for not wanting to wear it and they shouldn't have made her do it.


"Thankfully, Tim has learned to stop declaring each season's crop of designers as the best ever in the history of the universe."

Oh good. After he called the Season 6 bunch more talented than the Season 5 bunch, his credibility slipped - with me, at least.


"I just don't like conspicuous consumption. I find it distasteful."

Oh Tim dear, so do I.


Gorgeous Things said...

Is it just me or does anyone else get the impression that perhaps Saint Tim is tiring of the PR gig just a bit?
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I've been thinking of the same thing since a few weeks into this season. With how much "bad advice" he's been giving this season, I'm sure it's put a thorn in his side. I'd be surprised if he's been wondering why his presence is even wanted if the judges (i.e. Heidi) are only going to judge based on whether or not they would personally wear it.

One wonders, maybe the reason we no longer have Tim's Takes is because B/M wanted to keep him on a leash instead of having the most loved individual on PR mouthing off with the rest of us and only hurting the show they've already ruined moreso.


I also give him kudos for the spend-less-and-give-to-charity comment, but I think my favorite bit was this: "I see a lot of women really working a flat and looking chic and sophisticated, and I love the look."

GOOD. Maybe some people will pay attention and design me some more nice flats. I cannot wear more than a gentle heel and at that only wedges are really comfortable, so I generally only buy flats and sandals. Having some more affordable choices besides 'gaudy', 'neutral', and 'moccasin' would be really nice.


Remahn? Remahn??? This is supposed to be a major newspaper, right? Major lolz.


I've been waiting for Tim to do what Tom Colicchio did last season on 'Top Chef'- just about all the cheftestants had been doing crappy uninspired work for about three eps, and he sat them down for a 'come to Jesus moment' talk. Basically it was "You're all doing crap work and it's really starting to piss us, the judges, off. Do better, or else."

Tim, not being a judge himself, doesn't have to make it the threat that Tom did, but I think he could make it clear that it's time to step up the game before things get rough.


Brooklyn Bomber said...

I think maybe he's tiring of being "Saint" Tim. People talk about his discretion and diplomacy, but he's been very candid about who he's disliked, designs he thought were terrible, etc.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I think it's more in regards to this season, it seems he's been forced to be less candid which is probably getting under his skin. The last several seasons, he's always been rather open about his likes and dislikes, but that's not the case at all this season. He's sounded incredibly scripted when praising this season and its designers. Like I said in my previous post, we've lost the voice of reason since we no longer have Tim's Take. It's made him look bad this season giving sound advice and having the judges make decisions from out in left field and he now has no way of giving us his real opinions.


"Hey! Whatever happened to the scandal where a model refused to wear a garment? That never happened, right? Help!"

It was the green neoprene dress because it was dyed in the toilet.

"Gunn said, “It was one big hot mess, and his model was refusing to wear it because she knew it had been in the toilet. I had a showdown with her in the sewing room about how you’re a professional, this is what you have to do.”

Blechh.


I enjoyed the interview, and learning that Tim watches some of my favorite TV besides PR & MOTR. Not just Mad Men -- which every person of taste, style and quality enjoys -- but Food Network Channel AND How I Met Your Mother! Sir Tim is nothing like Barney but he does "suit up." And considering his own background in architecture, he may enjoy Ted's leaving-a-firm-to-teach arc. Anyway, that little detail about Tim's viewing choices just cracked me up and made me love him just a wee bit more.


Tim is still my favorite thing about PR.
Has anyone else caught him on Craig Ferguson's 'Aquaman' skits?


Asparagus lust

Yes, I, too love Tim. I think he rises to the occasion. I also think he sold out and we will never know how he really feels. He is nothing if not self-editing. While not a complete phoney like Heidi and Nina, he and Kors just don't "go there." They have a different aesthetic.

He was the glue that held the show together this year, and he looked harried and miserable, if it was the hot weather, I don't know. He is not responsible for the cheap one-day uncreative challenges.

I will try Season 7. If anything as "half assed" as this year, that is it for me, Gunn or no Gunn. He is invaluable, but just one of four. Heidi single handedly distorted the show's judging as we have all said. He stands by Heidi like the King pf PR. Too bad she's the queen.


Tim did know Irina before. He says so in the interview:

"Also, Irina was my student."

So I agree. His professionalism kept him from favoritism. He offered her the same level of critique, when warranted, as everyone else.


Loved this part:

When we were filming in New York, I would go to this Au Bon Pain in the basement of Macy's, and the first morning this woman behind the counter said, "Oh, it's Michael Kors!" I didnt' correct her. I thought, "Oh, let her be thrilled." Then, by the third morning, she asked, "What happened to your nice tan?" and I had to tell her the truth.


Remy said...

The fact that Tim Gunn likes "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory" has MADE my day.

11/17/09 12:43 PM


My thoughts exactly.....


Madame Gunn let the LA sun fry her brain.

I just don't think she ever got used to the move, away from her beloved NYC.

That's why some of her input was dubious throughout the season. She was practically saying, "Just give me my check so I can catch the redeye back home."

I think she'll be much better next season since she'll be back in her natural environment.


TLo, can you do a new interview with The Gunn when this season wraps?

Your minions would be ever so grateful.


Sorry, I must have missed when the next PR will begin? Have they set an air date? If Season 7 is as much of a snoozefest as Season 6, then it will be my last.


The show has really lost its luster. I don't think it was only the move to L.A., but moving from Bravo to Lifetime didn't help either.


It was the green neoprene dress because it was dyed in the toilet.

"Gunn said, “It was one big hot mess, and his model was refusing to wear it because she knew it had been in the toilet. I had a showdown with her in the sewing room about how you’re a professional, this is what you have to do.”


I don't blame her. Several years ago at a family reunion one of my brothers-in-law left his year-old son in the family's care. Another brother-in-law drained one of the toilets and dried it, then put the nephew in it and snapped a picture. His mom was horrified. The kid soon got sick and was sick for weeks afterward. Coincidence maybe but disgusting for sure.

Yes, my husband's family is a scream. :)


Yeah, what al referred to upthread.

If Season 7 doesn't start airing until January & they're showing final collections at February fashion week... does that mean it's anonymous show again (without decoy)? If so - not fair to designers or viewers.


PS - I think Burnim-Murray & Lifetime did try to keep the show as close as possible to what we love, but I think they (especially B-M) don't fundamentally get what makes PR tick. Perhaps it's not even in their DNA to get it.


They could always show the collections in September of 2010... giving the designers almost a year to work on their collection... and another long wait till Season 7.

As much as I like the idea of "Designers, you have 10 months to work on your collections"... I highly doubt this scenario.

I hate the fact that they are editing this to look like they were not anonymous collections. I would much rather they be honest and say "We fucked up" and have the designer present the collection in the context of a confessional. This is in bad taste, and it sickens me that the Season 7 designers might have to go through the same thing.


I was looking at the Bill Cunningham party page in the New York Times, and a woman was wearing those Alexander McQueen hoof shoes. It not only looks ugly — I don't believe it's something you get used to and then think is pretty — it looks like the individual has a deformity. It looks like the devil's spawn. It's really horrifying. The individual who was photographed had hair like Elsa Lanchester, like "Bride of Frankenstein."

Tim didn't like Daphne Guinness either.


On Heidi in season 6:
"Well, I felt really bad for Heidi during most of Season 6 because, with too much frequency, she was the only common denominator, since she was the only one who had seen all the previous work of the designers."


I interpreted this as an acknowledgement that this put excessive pressure on Heidi and undue weight on her judgment, and that Tim was just leaving it unspoken that she botched it. :)


This interview was weird...just weird.


Gorgeous Things said:
"Is it just me or does anyone else get the impression that perhaps Saint Tim is tiring of the PR gig just a bit?"

I definitely got that impression from this article also.

His delight at Heidi's possible disappointment with the "non-changes" that B/M made and the purchase of the toilette dress for Nina because he was just that mad is what did it for me.

I now see Tim as deliciously mischievous and love him none the less, but he does sound as if he might be tiring of it all just a tad.

By the way...gorgeous picture of you and Tim for your avatar. = )


Along with Egads we can include the words Looney Kajoony to be a part of this mans vernacular.

I'd LOVE for season 7 to be the crispy flavored Tim, but only if he could be extra crispy like:

Tim Gunn Is Tired Of Your Bullshit
http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/search?q=Tim+Gunn+is+tired+of+your+bullshit


Love Tim!


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

WoodyWould said...
I'd LOVE for season 7 to be the crispy flavored Tim, but only if he could be extra crispy like:

Tim Gunn Is Tired Of Your Bullshit
http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/search?q=Tim+Gunn+is+tired+of+your+bullshit



That post is the best thing that ever happened in Sesason 6. Top 5 TLo posts for me.


Great interview; I love his distaste of conspicuous consumption and lack of patience for willfully difficult people. A man of true class with a good heart. Love you, Tim!


Tim came across really, really well in that interview. He would be completely within his rights to be a bit of a diva by now, but he's really genuine, sweet, courteous, and humble. I hope that someday I have the chance to cope with success as gracefully as he has. -victoria


The link isn't working for me. Anyone else getting that problem?


So Tim, how do you REALLY feel about Kenley? Oh boy, I just loved seeing a Tim Gunn quote stating 'blech'. And Tim, you're right on the money about Kenley. She IS blech. I love Tim.


"...Michael Kors and I are the only ones not enswathed in a scarf." --- Tim Gunn

I love Tim Gunn so much. Sure, he came off as a bit of a diplomat and seemed careful not to step on fashionable toes, but I enjoyed the interview just the same. And as painful as season seven may be, I'll watch Tim Gunn to the end.
Too bad his show didn't work out, but I'm glad he's not wearing himself too thin and is focusing his energy on Project Runway.

- edina -


Interesting.

May I point out that we don't know what exactly he means by "throwing me under the bus." Everyone assumes the designer is blaiming him for their poor work. What if the designer does technically beautiful work, Tim says it's a great job, and then the judges put them in the bottom? It happened several times this season with Gordana before he wised up and stopped praising her only to have her wind up in the bottom. I remember him telling Gordana that he loved her when he first saw her newspaper dress, nearly complete btw, and moved on to the next designer without another word. If he did that and Gordana said, "Well, Tim said it was a great job," I wouldn't call that blaming him for her own poor work, I would call that being upset that he led her wrong before the judges. What's the point of having him "guide" them if it doesn't help?

While I think it is a bad idea to bite the hand that feeds, I find it interesting that people are assuming that he can do no wrong.


Anonymous 11:02 said:
It sucks to be the Robert Gibbs of Project Runway, dosen't it?

WIN.


I interpreted this as an acknowledgement that this put excessive pressure on Heidi and undue weight on her judgment, and that Tim was just leaving it unspoken that she botched it. :)

Exactly.


Gotham Tomato wrote, "Ungrateful grasshoppers are annoying and tiresome."

Best. Sigline. Ever. Mind if I yank with attribution?


I love the way they phrased the question, What are the most unthoughtful ways you've seen the accessory wall used?


Tim with sunglasses looks like Andy Warhol.


In the article Tim said, "Also, Irina was my student."


so i've been reading the posts and had totally forgotten about the "Tim is tired of your shit" item. I went back to read it and here I am with a bad cold, laughing hysterically and trying to breath. I finally caught my breath but made the mistake of looking at the last 3 pictures again and starting up again. The look on times face, he looks like a grumpy mud skipper!


okay, i can't breath and obviously can't type. I meant the look on Tim's face, sorry.


LOVE LOVE LOVE TIM! The man can do no wrong in my book - he is devine.

A "Make It Work" bobblehead is on my Christmas list.


I first met Tim when he was with the Parsons admissions office. It's been fun to watch his career grow. Regarding his current gig--I am so impressed with Tim's calm demeanor and thoughtful critique. You can tell that he has worked with students. It's apparent he wants the contestants to do their best. He has and always will be a class act. I look forward to another season.


To not love Tim Gunn is to not love life. He is the embodiment of everything that is right in the world. A man who is wise & noble- if American had a monarchy, Tim Gunn would be king!





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