Last Night: Tim Gunn at The Corcoran

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TIM GUNN, THE FRIENDLY FACE OF FASHION
Forget snark, forget snobbery – the thing that is so wonderfully refreshing about Tim Gunn is that he presents fashion as something everyone can and should enjoy. It comes, I think, from his history as an educator and his appreciation for fashion’s historical significance. I saw so many different types of people as I looked around the room last night at the Corcoran. Mostly women of course—but women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and taste in clothing. And they were all just completely charmed as hell by Tim Gunn, who was just as gracious, funny, and welcoming as he always is. Besides showing slides from NY Fashion Week, he talked about his new role as Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc., praised Marc Jacobs and other innovative American designers like former students Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, and best of all uttered the phrase “makes my bile writhe” to describe bubble skirts.

Innovation was certainly the buzzword of the evening: innovation on the runways, a more nurturing and accepting fashion industry post-9/11 that has helped to fuel that innovation, and shows like Project Runway that cultivate interest in emerging designers. Throughout his career, innovation has been a Tim Gunn priority – first when he joined Parsons & ruffled a bunch of feathers by doing away with stodgy programs at the school and now in his new challenge of helping to reinvent and reposition Liz Claiborne, who was an innovator in her own right. At the end of the night he said, “Fashion has never been in a better place.” It appears that neither has Tim Gunn!

*(Check out Wonkette reporter-girl Liz Glover above in some serious vintage…!)
** Check out this nifty little contest I found on the Liz website!

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