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Gunn guns for gay marriage


timgunn1Popular “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn has three words for California’s gay marriage advocates: “Make it work.”

And the urbane advisor — who won the hearts of audiences with his advice to aspiring fashion designers on the fashion design reality television show – put the emphasis on W-word.

“If we are going to change the hearts and minds of people throughout the state, it’s going to take you and me working for it,” Gunn said in this video for the Courage Campaign.

Gunn, who also is creative director at Liz Claiborne Inc, is working with the group to rally Californians to repeal Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the nation’s most populous state.

Gunn-ing for a new apparel line?


USA/Tim Gunn lovers, alert! An apparel line under the name of fashion’s favorite is not entirely out of the question. So says chief executive of Liz Claiborne, the apparel giant that now employs Gunn as its chief creative officer.
Liz Claiborne Chief Executive William McComb, attending the Reuters Global Retail Summit, was asked whether a Tim Gunn-branded apparel line could ever be in the stars.

“I do, and obviously we would be the ones to do it,” responded McComb.
The strength of Gunn — who skyrocketed to fame through television’s popular “Project Runway” reality series  – is his impeccable eye, McComb said.
“Tim is not a designer. He does not design. What he would bring to the table is the common sense edit of how to build a wardrobe,” said McComb.
“He could do the black dress, the white top, the work pants … it would be not necessarily high faloutin’ fashion, but really smart.”
And so we wait in anticipation.  Read Reuters’ Liz Claiborne story here.
In the meantime, don’t expect a celebrity designer smack-down between Gunn and Liz Claiborne’s new creative designer, Isaac Mizrahi.
“They’re friends, they knew each other from Parsons,” said McComb, referring to the prestigious New York design school. “I would characterize it as very warm, very engaging, very friendly.”

Tim Gunn on fur and Project Runway

Check out Tim Gunn talking to Reuters about the fashion industry’s use of animal products including fur, leather and wool. Gunn, creative director of Liz Claiborne and former chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons, has partnered with the activist group PETA to raise awareness about ethical sourcing of fur to his peers in the fashion industry.

We know we gave you the highlights yesterday, but figured you might like to hear straight from the … err… horse’s mouth about synthetic alternatives, attitudes of fashion insiders to the issue and Project Runway.  Sorry if it is hard for you to hear our questions, but we think the answers are pretty self explanatory.

Tim Gunn hopes for fur-free future


USA/Tim Gunn, famous for urging contestants on the reality show Project Runway to “make it work”, has a new message for the fashion industry: Take Responsibility. 

Gunn, also the creative director of Liz Claiborne Inc and a former chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons, is working with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to spread the word that wearing clothing made from animal products is cruel.