Project Runway star’s book offers style advice
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Project Runway guru Tim Gunn wasn’t always an impeccably dressed pillar of the fashion world. The Washington, D.C., native was a sculptor and a Brooks Brothers guy — a jeans, khakis and T-shirts kind of dresser. And then he purchased a black leather blazer.
“With that blazer, I experienced for the first time and first-hand the incredible virtues of black: It’s sophisticated, slimming and always in style,” Gunn writes in his debut book, A Guide To Quality, Taste & Style. Long since his struggling artist days and embarking on a career in fashion in 1983, Gunn uses his own style turnaround as a pep talk of sorts.
“It’s only if you’ve been on the other side can you really talk succinctly and tactfully over how one can evolve,” he recently explained. With nearly 30 years of design education knowledge to draw from, the handbook offers Gunn’s fashion authority with the same irresistible wit and genuinely nice guy tone that has made the Liz Claiborne chief creative officer such a beloved Project Runway staple. Like on the show, Gunn’s written words act as both mentor and cheerleader. But in the book, Gunn proposes an internal makeover in addition to wardrobe changes.
With the help of Kate Moloney, Gunn’s former colleague, the Project Runway star provides fashion teachings that border on life lessons rather than trendy quick-fix tips.
“I think most people simply have a block when it comes to really being able to look at themselves critically,” Gunn says. “Hopefully, the first couple chapters of the book help people become more self-analytical to discover more about how they think they look versus how they really do look.”