Tim Gunn is on a mission. Between mentoring duties on “Project Runway, ” makeover miracles on Bravo’s “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, ” a new book and his duties as Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne, the fashion guru is single-handedly bringing style back to the masses. Gunn recently made an appearance at Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard as part of the Liz Claiborne Denim Tour. We caught up with him for priceless fashion advice.
What is the most common mistake women make with denim?
Fit, period. Most women think they shouldn’t be wearing a jean that is snug, that follows their own natural curves. But in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it’s the most flattering thing you can do.
With so many denim trends this fall—skinny, wide leg, high-waisted—how do women know which style is right for them?
It really depends on what the rest of their figure is like. I’m a huge advocate of fit, meaning an outfit should follow your silhouette top to bottom. With jeans, they need to follow your silhouette from your waist to the middle of your thigh, and from that point down it’s a matter of taste and what looks good on you.
How have people been responding to the Denim Tour?
People are excited. I think there’s a sense of relief and a kind of epiphany that, “Wow, I can get this right.” I’ve seen so many women come in wearing slouchy pants and leaving in sharp, chic, stunning-looking denim. And no matter what size and shape you are, there’s something for you out there.
As Chief Creative Officer, what direction will you be taking Liz Claiborne?
We are in a process of simultaneous reflection, looking forward and critical analysis. For the most part we are not looking back, we’re only looking straight ahead. And we’re seeing where it will take us. What we do know is that we will not at all compromise our goal of the highest quality, taste and style and irresistible product in all that we do.