Coming Soon: Tim Gunn’s Book of Awesome-ness

June 22, 2010 • Fashion


If this is just a snippet of what's to come then I cannot WAIT to see what other secrets Tim Gunn has in store.

In Tim's new book, "Gunn's Golden Rules", the "Project Runway" host has a bit of gossip to spare on his encounter with a few Vogue employees. You might have heard of them: Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley? One incident is where he saw the editor-in-chief at designer Peter Som's fashion show at the Metropolitan Pavilion in 2006.

Gunn writes, "I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won't-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. She wasn't there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman's lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms… I ran to the window to see if they would put her down on the sidewalk or carry her to the car like that. They carried her to the car. And I thought: I will never for get this."

Gunn also tells of an incident later that year with editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. at the New York Public Library at a panel discussion with photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and People editor Martha Nelson. After a soundcheck that Mr. Leon Talley refused to attend, Gunn said he and the other guests checked back into the green room. 

"When we return to the green room, we see that someone has spread a translucent barber's bib over Andre and he's reclining, his arms at his sides. He's being fed grapes and cubes of cheese one by one, like a bird in a nest."

You know….neither of these stories really surprise me. Maybe that Ms. Wintour isn't carried around like that 24/7 or that maybe Anna was on Mr. Talley's lap while he was being fed, arguing the calories in each single red grape is a bit surprising. If Tim told a tale of how he saw both of them at a Wal-Mart in Canton, Ohio in the clearance section together, then that would be shocking news.

But of course Vogue said that Mr. Gunn is lie-telling. A spokesman told Page Six, "Tim Gunn has a very vivid imagination. There is no truth to any of this."

-Taneisha Jordan



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