What Would Tim Gunn Do?

That’s the question printed on the canvas tote I received at the Lucky Brand event featuring style guru Tim Gunn Saturday.  Barton Creek Mall was packed with fans and Tim gave them exactly what they wanted:  plenty of face time and personal interaction.

I have to admit that I acted a bit like a school girl with a crush.  Donning red Lucky Brand denim jeans, a plaid shirt, tie and jacket, he’s the epitome of classic style. Tim exudes a self-assuredness that most people dream of, and in an endearing way. My eyes must have been sparkling with admiration as I listened to his direct (yet kind) responses to audience members’ questions.  Even my mother seemed impressed with him– and she’s not easily won over by celebrities.

One of Tim’s pet peeves is the reluctance of many designers to make clothes bigger than a size 12.  He cites the average American woman wears a size 16. Other sources say between a 12 and 14. If you take into consideration that there are legally no uniform sizing requirements, so a size 8 today was a size 4 back in the 1950’s, then Tim is certainly on target.

The event as a whole was a class act.  After the Lucky Brand runway show and Tim’s Q&A session, a roped off area awaited those who bought $100 worth of store merchandise (I bought Sienna Tomboy straight leg jeans and a charm bracelet) and wanted to take a picture with the style icon. While in line, non-alcoholic drinks were served and Bare Escentuals reps offered powder, blush and lipstick touchups so you’d look your best for the camera.  Already, you felt like a VIP.

Tim spent about 30 seconds talking to each person (or group) before taking the photo.  After introductions and handshakes, I told him I was a stylist and followed his Facebook page and read his books.  He took genuine interest and asked if I was independent.  I answered yes to this very unexpected question.  It made me wonder what that savvy business mind might be thinking…

Afterward, we were escorted to the side stage where our tote and photo were ready within 60 seconds. Then, we sat down at bistro tables where champagne and hors d’oeuvres were served.  A welcomed break after standing in line. The whole experience was relaxed, well-organized and personable. I’ve been to a lot of meet-and-greets, and this was in the upper echelon for a public event.  When Tim puts on a show, he doesn’t cut corners.  I walked away with a re-enforced respect for the man and a great pair of summer-weight jeans.

If you haven’t already, Tim Gunn and watch The Revolution on ABC.  The show will not have a second season (a shame), but Project Runway Season 10’s casting selections happen in June. So we’ll see plenty of Tim Gunn helping people “make it work” in 2012.

Thea Wood
Austin’s Signature Stylist


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