2010 September 14

A Moment With...Tim Gunn

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Chic caught up to the no-holds-barred author and host of Project Runway to talk safety measures...

You’ve taken on the fashion flock in your new book. Were you scared to show your face at Fashion Week?
I will say this: I’m not going after anyone’s character. I’m more like a sports writer. It’s just the facts, man. It’s not personal nastiness, it’s simply crazy behavior. Or I should say abhorrent behavior. But it’s not a statement about the industry.

Are you taking any extra security precautions? Do you have a bodyguard?
No, no, no. I travel alone and unarmed!

You’ve gone after Anna, Isaac…anyone else you want to call out while you have the mic?

No! And regarding Anna, she never would have appeared in the book if not for the reaction she had to the blurb that appeared in the Post! Accept responsibility for your actions! Don’t later say ‘I didn’t do it’ or ‘it’s not what happened.’ If there hadn’t been an outcry, I wouldn’t have put her in the book. And about Isaac—and he has a lot of company—there are a lot of designers who have a very particular aesthetic, and it can be quickly offended. Some are simply more open and accepting, like Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg. But they’re very unusual!

Have you received any threatening letters or phone calls recently?

No, but I will say this: Simon and Schuster’s legal department spent a few weeks with the manuscripts and we all did our diligence. Everything was fact checked and everything remotely questionable was excised. No one wants to be accused of slander!

Headline-writers have been having a lot of fun with your name recently. Any favorite puns?

Gunns blazing is pretty good. I hope there isn’t a perception that my tone is angry or mocking. It’s more…incredulity. As long as certain behaviors persist, one should be incredulous. My point of departure about behavior is the same about fashion and personal style. Whatever you’re wearing, accept responsibility. Own up to it, and don’t blame someone else.

Why do you think you’re the only person to really call out this behavior?
I am completely and totally flabbergasted. I’ve been asking the exact same question! I don’t know! On the topic of Anna being carried out of the Peter Som show, there were 50 or 60 people who saw it.

Have any of those people rallied around you?
Oh yes, absolutely. When I was recently at The Daily Show, the producers told me they loved what I said about Alexis Stewart! Because they knew! She is just vitriolic.

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