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Tim Gunn dishes at the Baltimore Book Festival

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 1st 2007 3:05PM
Tim GunnTim Gunn of Project Runway fame attended the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday to promote his new book and Bravo show, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. I was lucky enough to get pretty good seat before the rest of the crazed crowd consumed the tiny tent. Again, this was a book festival, but it would have been silly to think that the discussion wouldn't stray into television territory. Gunn briefly spoke about his new show and the history of its creation (Bravo wanted to do a show with him but had no ideas, Gunn came out with the book, Bravo found out and turned the book into a show about bettering women, not "make-overs"). Then, naturally, the topic of Project Runway came up and took over the rest of the Q&A. Gunn shared some sweet information on past seasons and the upcoming fourth cycle, premiering November 14th.

Gunn talked about his appearance on Oprah and said some really lovely things about the importance of personal style (I talked a bit more about that on Styledash, since it's more fashion-related). He also said that he wants to do men's style for season two of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. Okay, okay, on to Project Runway because I know that's what everyone wants to hear.

Here are some quick updates on a few designers from seasons past:

He's currently working for Amsala, the bridal gown designer. Fun Fact: She was the judge for the Season One bridal gown competition
Kara: She's doing costumes for two television shows and designing red carpet gowns for private clients.
Jay: He's "finding his way", but he doesn't talk to Gunn anymore.
Robert: He's working for Laundry.
Wendy: She's opening a boutique in Middleburg, working regionally.
Emmett: He's still doing well with his Nolita boutique and doing a line of accessories for QVC.
Chloe: She's been on QVC a few times already and is working on an eveningwear line for Neiman Marcus.
Nick: He's working mainly on sportswear for men and women.
Michael: He's coming out with a fragrance (?!)
Santino: This is the part where the audience burst into giggles and applause. Apparently, Santino is having trouble collaborating with people, so a Santion line isn't on the horizon.
Uli: People are desperate to get Uli's work, but she's so hands-on and focused on quality, she's having trouble letting go, which is holding her back from getting her work to the masses.
Andre: I've heard Tim Gunn say "Andre" in person. I feel like my life is a little more complete. Anyway, Andre is teaching in Los Angeles now.
Jeffrey: He has sold out, so he's doing well.

As for the new stuff, Gunn assured the audience that the fourth cycle will be the best season yet. But then he added, "If I'm correct, I think you're going to get angry every time you see the show. You're going to get angry at the judges because... I don't know what they were smoking this season." He shared the story of one upcoming challenge without divulging too much detail: "There was one case in particular where I said to the producers [...] 'It's really too bad that so-and-so's design is so terrible, because the audience will know right away. The minute they see this, they're going to know that he's going home. And I'm just sorry that something else isn't almost as bad, almost as challenged. Everything else looks really good!... He wins the challenge. He wins! It's inconceivable. So I went backstage to tell the designer who was out that he or she had to go home, and I turned to him and I said, 'And you know, I'm stunned and shocked that you won this challenge' and he said, 'Well, no one's more surprised than I am.'"

Tim Gunn was incredibly fun to listen to and yes, he does look that fabulous in person. It was pretty hot outside, but it looks like Gunn doesn't sweat. That man is physically incapable of sweating. It's just a fact.

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Ryan Olsen

I live in Baltimore and didnt even know there was a book festival!

October 01 2007 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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