September 6, 2007 / 11:15 AM / 12 years ago

Fashion guru Tim Gunn advises Hillary -- find style

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Tim Gunn, the endearing mentor to fledgling fashion designers on the popular TV reality show “Project Runway,” has some advice for a certain female presidential candidate — get some style, Hillary.

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton attends the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 15, 2007. Tim Gunn, the endearing mentor to fledgling fashion designers on the popular TV reality show "Project Runway," has some advice for a certain female presidential candidate -- get some style, Hillary. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Best know for encouraging fashion design contestants to “make it work,” Gunn has a new show on the Bravo network premiering September 6, “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” in which he helps “fashion-challenged” women remake their wardrobes.

Hillary Clinton, however, is not one of them.

Gunn, who is also chief creative director of Liz Claiborne Inc., spoke to reporters about fashion must-haves, his newfound fame, and how he’d like to make over Hillary Clinton:

Q: Who would you like to make over?

A: “Can I just tell you a presidential candidate who’s disappointing me? Hillary Clinton. The fashion trajectory that I thought she was beginning as First Lady, I wish that that had continued. I just find her uniform to be, forgive me, kind of a crashing bore. I wish she would step it up a notch.”

Q: If someone had $200 to kick-start their fall wardrobe, what pieces would you recommend they buy?

A: “If you don’t have a basic black dress, you had better get one. And you can certainly get do that for $200 or under.”

Q: What is the one fashion mistake that drives you crazy?

A: “For me it’s the bare midriff. I just don’t believe in showing skin that people don’t need to see. I find it as unattractive on a 16-year-old girl as on a 60-year-old woman.”

Q: Is your television persona a true reflection of you?

A: “I really am that person so I don’t have to turn something on and off. It’s just who I am, which is a relief.”

Q: What celebrities are fashion inspirations?

A: “Angelina Jolie is pretty consistent, I think, in doing it well. But we use people like Raquel Welch, a woman who is not 20 and not a size 2, and she’s absolutely fabulous. Oprah is another one.”

Q: What fashion trend do you hate?

A: “Could you make a pair of Crocs beautiful? I think they are just appalling, to be honest.”

Q: What do you say to people who say fashion is not important to them?

A: “Everybody needs to be concerned about the message that their clothes are sending.”

Q: How have you adjusted to all the attention you get?

A: “I still pinch myself every day and I say I’m the luckiest guy in the world. When this happens to you after you’ve turned 50, you have a sincere appreciation for what a phenomenon it is. I still can’t get over it.”

Q: Is there an icon in the public eye both past and present who you think is the epitome of a well-dressed man?

A: “ Well, Cary Grant in terms of an incredible fashion icon and... living? Probably George Clooney.”

Q: When will we see a Tim Gunn fashion line?

A: “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Q: What’s your least fashionable item of clothing?

A: “Probably a pair of cargo shorts. I should throw them away. I don’t wear them, either, so it’s silly, but they are there.”

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