And, ok, Tim Gunn in print isn’t nearly as Tim Gunny as Tim Gunn on tv. I mean, you can visualise him cradling his chin in his hand and arching his one eyebrow all you want, but it is still sadly lacking.
THAT BEING SAID, AGtQ,TaS is as Tim Gunnish as humanly possible, with him cautioning you not to say ‘this is bad’ or ‘this is good’ but rather ‘this is compelling because’ or ‘I respond well to this because’ and can’t you just hear him? He also tells you that he loves the fact that you exist, and refers to his pre-fashion-forward self as a ‘stuffy, buttoned-up old fart.’ Darling.
And then he’ll toss in little French phrases or say things like ‘Today we gasp because we are constantly told that unless a body part is toned it should be kept, like the crazed first wife of Mr. Rochester, locked away to keep from offending the new governess.’ I am so tickled by that reference that I’m not even appalled he used ‘kept/keep’ in the same sentence. Also, he at one point makes reference to ‘sundry underthings.’ Hee.
As for the fashiony bits, it’s pretty much what you’d expect, but with more dishing. Figure out who you are. Buy things that fit you. Stand up straight. Carine Roitfield is a good eater. But he is delightfully helpful if you’re in the mood to clean out your closet or go on a bit of a spree. Despite being a person what you see on the tv, he’s incredibly down-to-earth vis a vis actually dressing your average-sized, averagely-moneyed self.
One last bit that I couldn’t figure out how to segue into, but couldn’t resist sharing. This is re: nighttime routines: ‘Apply outre hair accessory; wash face while humming something from Carmen; dry with fluffy towel and apply moisturizer; pat on some eye cream while doing leg kicks. These are good for the bottom.’
Oh Tim Gunn, I will hug you yet!