A true gentleman

Oh Tim Gunn.  I didn’t think I could love you more but now that I’ve read your book, I’m totally regretting not ditching work to go to your book signing!

Let me start by saying, I hate reality shows.  I think they set people up to reveal the worst characteristics and enable these “”stars”” (those double quotes are there for emphasis) to be famous for being ridiculous.

Project Runway brings out the catty, competitive side in some people and there have been people on the show I can’t stand (hello Wendy and Gretchen) but overall, it is about hard work, creativity, and persevering over all challenges.  I’ve been hooked since the first season.  But most of all, I applaud Tim Gunn!  He is my favorite.  He is so supportive and sensitive in his criticisms and you can tell he truly wants the designers to succeed.  I would love to have him as a teacher.

This book was like listening to him talk for hours.  He has great advice on etiquette and manners, which you think would be common sense but apparently it’s not.  There were juicy tidbits about people in the fashion industry and their bad behavior.  There were stories about so-called normal people that we’ve probably all encountered before.  There were anecdotes about the show.  But my favorite part was reading about how he got to where he is today.  When I read that he had tried to commit suicide when he was 17 years old, I got teary.  I remember how unhappy I was in high school but I don’t think I went through half of the torment he did.  He’s a great example to all young people who are struggling with their identity.  If you “make it work” you will “carry on”.

Briefly …

* I can’t believe Emilio Sosa and Jay Sario were rude to him!  Then again, let’s not forget Kenley.
* I’m horrified that a 12 year old girl can be such a brat.
* There are some crazy people out there who are out of touch with reality.  They should be dumped on an island and judged by some counsel.
* Maybe “The Devil Wears Prada” isn’t so far off the mark?
* “I don’t know if people have gotten ruder or if my tolerance level has declined.”  (ME TOO!)
* Tim’s 5 best movies about fashion:

  1. Blow-Up (1966)
  2. Funny Face (1957)
  3. The Women (1939)
  4. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  5. The September Issue (2009)

*”Speaking of inappropriate, have you seen all the tabloid photos of Suri Cruise wearing heels?  It’s outrageous.”  (I totally agree.)
* Maybe I do need therapy …

And in the end, when he writes “Now that we’re wrapping up our conversation …” I was sad that I had come to the end.  I hope that if an audio book is made, he will narrate it himself because I can’t imagine anyone else trying to emulate his tone.  I would read/listen to it all over again.


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