For those of you who do watch "Under the Gunn," well, you might be the only one. So far, the ratings for the "Project Runway" spinoff "aren’t that good," Tim Gunn admitted as he took the stage with author and curator Valerie Steele at the Brooklyn Museum Thursday evening. The mentor and Emmy Award-winning host went on to explain how "Under the Gunn" came about. Auditions for the 13th season of "Project Runway" had wrapped when news dropped that host Heidi Klum wouldn’t be available in the fall to tape the show. (She was taping "Germany’s Next Top Model.") Although a new Lifetime executive simply offered to replace Klum for the new season, Gunn immediately shot down the idea. "I asked [the executive], 'Have you ever seen the show? Have you seen more than one episode?’ You can’t just show up without Heidi," exclaimed Gunn. "She and I have a little pinky pact, which is we will not do the show without the other." And so "Under the Gunn" was born. The designers who auditioned were given full disclosure and the choice to either wait for the next taping of "Runway" or commit to the spinoff. Every designer chose the latter. If you watched the third episode on Thursday, then you saw the newly formed designer teams compete in a runway challenge together -- and the judges eliminate someone -- for the first time. "After [the third episode] the show picks up momentum as we go," said Gunn, who spent five weeks in Los Angeles to tape the show. "Sara [Rea, the executive producer] and I kept repeating to each other daily, 'You can’t make this stuff up. You can’t make this stuff up,'" Gunn recalled. "And if anything, we have way too much content for a one-hour show. It’s a high-class problem but it’s also a matter of which story to tell. There’s so many." As for the rest of the evening’s conversation, we also learned that Gunn's favorite decade for style is the '60s ("'Mad Men'! Miniskirts! The clear vinyl dress!"), he doesn’t understand the appeal of French style ("I was bound and determined to find evidence anywhere that I could that would take that crown off of France."), and he can’t stand red carpet fashion ("How is it, and why is it, that so many of these stars walking the red carpet get it wrong?"). At least we know where Gunn won’t be during the Oscars.
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Tim Gunn Gets His Own Fashion Competition Show on Lifetime
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Tim Gunn Is Getting a Daytime Talk Show and Considering Designing a Plus-Size Line
Tim Gunn, the beloved mentor on Project Runway, is branching out in all sorts of new directions in 2012. Most notably, everyone's favorite filter-less and erudite fashion mentor has landed another TV spot co-hosting a new daytime talk show, The Revolution, which airs January 16 at 2pm EST on ABC. Each week the health and lifestyle show will feature one woman's five-month-long weight loss "journey" to change, compressed into five days; Friday will be the "reveal" day. (This is a great concept--who doesn't love a good make-over reveal?) Tim's role on the show will be to provide fashion and styling advice to these women whose bodies are undergoing big changes. He'll be joined in co-hosting duties by the often-frenetic Ty Pennington (interior design/art), Harley Pasternak (trainer and nutritionist to every hot celeb out there), Dr. Jennifer Ashton (OB/Gyn/women's health issues), and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry (relationship expert). While somewhat under the radar, Tim also signed on as Weight Watchers' "style consultant" last January.
Heidi, Tim and Mondo Talk Project Runway's 10th Season at the Show's Anniversary Party Last Night
Project Runway's 10th 'Anniversary' Party, celebrating the show's impending tenth season (and eighth year), felt a lot like a reality TV high school reunion. Held under the Chelsea Market Overpass at New York's High Line Park last night, the event saw throngs of contestants and coaches from all nine seasons reuniting sans air conditioning on what was the hottest night of the year so far. "I'm grateful for this jacket because I am soaking wet underneath!" a totally non-drippy-looking Tim Gunn confided in us--we took his word for it. The designer mentor kept mum about PR's newly added therapy component, saying only, "you'll just have to watch!" The flawless-as-ever Heidi Klum, whose petite mother was on hand passing her daughter glasses of water garnished with lime, was also mysteriously un-sweaty. Maybe supermodels really don't have pores?
One Day You Win, and the Next Day, You're Auf'd: Where Are Project Runway's Winners Now?
To most unknown and/or struggling designers trying to break into the industry, winning the grand prize on a season of Project Runway sounds like an absolute dream come true: $100,000, a major fashion mag editorial, an ultra-expensive technology suite, website partnerships, instant name recognition, and endless opportunities for publicity. But what happens when the cameras stop rolling? When Tim Gunn is no longer hovering over your shoulder in the workroom, telling you what 'worries' him? Or when, instead of competing against 15 designers in a challenge, you're competing with potentially hundreds of thousands of designers around the world? With Project Runway All Stars (finally!) premiering tonight, it got us wondering about all the seriously talented individuals to whom Heidi Klum never said "auf wiedersehen."