Plucked straight from Parsons's New School for Design, television network Bravo found a surprising hero in Project Runway style mentor Gunn, whose catch phrase "make it work" has inspired an undeniable following of armchair fashionistas. Though he'll admit that book writing isn't easy, this venture marks another feather in his tasteful cap. A precursor of sorts to his new series on Bravo, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, this accessible guidebook covers it all, including the "hunt," "stalk" and "pounce" of "shopping at its most instinctual" (inspired by cheap, forward-looking clothiers H&M), what to ask yourself before taking advantage of a bargain (is it season-appropriate?), the difference between a fashion icon and a mentor (Gunn's the former, Coco Chanel the latter) and full-on closet reconstruction. Gunn's friendly, conversational prose will give readers the feeling of a face-to-face encounter, and Runway fans will be happy to find Gunn hasn't abandoned his colorful metaphors (shopping as "safari") and 50-cent words ("insouciant"). Whether revealing the secrets of "The Under Arsenal" or ruminating on the "tone" and "diction" of a handbag, Gunn's text is clever, a touch waggish, and highly practical for both ensemble mavens and fashion criminals.
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Tim Gunn is one of the stars of the hit Bravo show in which aspiring fashion designers compete for a runway debut at New Yorks Fashion Week. He was the Chair of the Fashion Design Department at Parsons The New School for Design and is now the Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc. He lives in New York City.
Kate Moloney is the Assistant Chair of fashion design at Parsons, The New School for Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Interesting take on style, understood, but most women know what they are comfortable in, see themselves as, right or wrong. Good companion to his others, an entertains read.Published 23 hours ago by Susan Carter
Tim Gunn is full of great advice in many ways - fashion, class, manners, living. Maybe I am biased, I love Tim Gunn and his philosophy. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Batiki
A wonderful book - I just love Tim Gunn. Book arrived timely, and in great shape.Published 2 months ago by L. Diane Haisman
Excellent book and in excellent condition; I received it earlier than was noted! Wonderful!Published 3 months ago by Terri Mendes
Wonderful book. Tim Gunn is at once warm and inviting as well as hilariously frank. It's as if Mame Dennis herself were to give heartfelt advice midst one of her legendary cocktail... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathy Nather Thomas
I think this guy is my twin in taste. I, too, hated that trashy JLo/Versace "gown". I, too, believe in paring down your wardrobe to mostly solid basics (amped up with key... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SirenSongWoman