Make us your home page

Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Deal Divas interview Project Runway star Tim Gunn



You guys. We got to interview TIM GUNN.


I know, right? You can read the whole interview here, or in today's Weekend section of the St. Petersburg Times, or in tomorrow's tbt*. And below, read some EXCLUSIVE EXCERPTS that didn't make it into the newspaper.

Be sure to check out Tim Gunn at 1 p.m. Saturday at International Plaza, where he will host a fall fashion show launching the latest collections from Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York and Lucky Brand. The event is free, but seating is limited. Guests who spend $150 on a qualifying purchase will be photographed with Gunn and get free gifts.

Take it away, Tim!

On the time limits Project Runway designers have:

"You don’t know what’s going to happen, and that’s what I love about it. Even the designs that the designers are going to create. I’m constantly reminding myself of how very constraining the deadlines are. There are times when it think, ‘If only this work were better,’ and I think, ‘Wait a minute, at the end of the day they’ve got about 7 hours.’ It’s really remarkable."

On getting mad at the judges:

"I’m the designers’ advocate, and I will say I personalize a lot of what they say to the designers when it’s negative or I believe that they’re not really understanding what the designers are trying to achieve. At the end of the day, they’re sitting with all the decision making."

On his own tastes:

"I’m a big fan of the suit brand Isaia. I love the cut, I love the textiles. I get my suits at Saks Fifth Avenue. I’m enjoying pattern mixing and I’m enjoying color and I have ascended myself fashion-wise. It’s a fun adventure. It’s fun to explore. At my core, I’m a classicist. For me, it’s so much easier and so much more simple and basic."

On the fall trend of fur:

"It is everywhere. We went through a number of seasons where we didn’t see a lot of fur and I was a very happy camper about it. I’m not going to be coy about this... I’ll be blunt about it. I think it’s totally unnecessary to use fur and I would be very happy if the world stopped using it. If you are going to use it and you are going to buy it as a consumer, know the source of the fur. Know where it’s from. If it’s Saga fur from Scandinavia, then you can be assured that these are animals that are well-treated and humanely taken care of, as humane as that can be. If you’re getting fur from China, you can be pretty sure that it’s a dog. You really need to take responsibility. It just seems like a very obnoxious symbol of consumption."

On why some men struggle with fashion:

"Unlike women, men tend to not even realize that there’s an issue. They’re in such profound denial. From my makeover experiences with men, men are simply stubborn. They’re intractable in a way that most women aren’t.  It’s fear that they’re going to be someone else or this whole process threatens their masculinity."

On the mall event Saturday:

"I love our events. What I love about them is we try to make fashion accessible to people. We’re using brands like Juicy Couture, Kate Space and Lucky Brand Jeans, we’re using brands people are familiar with. We’re using the new fall products. We wont be able to compose the show until we arrive at International Plaza because we use the product from the stores. We want to make sure it’s product people can relate to."

Deal Diva Stephanie

Photo: Getty. Incidentally, I covet that outfit on the woman in the background.


[Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2012 12:49pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours