Tim Gunn opened up about his personal life on the new show he's co-hosting, The Revolution. He says that he's celibate — and happy. "I haven't had sex in 29 years," said the designer mentor and former Parsons dean. "Do I feel like less of a person because of it? No." Gunn says that an "intense" relationship that ended abruptly led him to give up sex. With tears in his eyes, Gunn said of his former partner, "He was impatient with my sexual performance." He characterized his celibate life as "perfectly fulfilled," and said, "I'm happy to be healthy and alive, frankly." Gunn has written and spoken about his personal life before, though never in such detail. In a touching 2011 essay for the Daily Beast, Gunn described the end of a nine-year relationship — "The only real relationship I've ever had" — and how he felt no twinges of love or infatuation for a whole decade after the breakup. Then, in 1992, he met someone he calls Daniel. For work, Gunn was traveling frequently to Asia at the time.
I met a flight attendant named Daniel, and I became very fond of him. On one of the flights, there was a baby broker coming back from Korea, bringing back babies who had been adopted in the United States. He didn't have enough handlers, and I was sitting in an exit row, and I thought, I'll hold a baby. This was a bonding experience for me and Daniel. When I left the plane, he asked if he could call me. I said yes.
They dated for a month, and Gunn says he felt the beginnings of a genuine connection — but a so-called friend talked him out of pursuing the relationship:
He went into a diatribe about what kind of cliché this was for a designer to date a flight attendant. He thought it was such a gay stereotype.
Gunn and Daniel stopped seeing each other, and as of last year, he was not over it. "This is still something I think about with a good deal of frequency," he wrote. "The irony is I ended up with no one." [Celebuzz]
- Cathy Horyn had to wait "a perplexing few minutes" outside the Versace couture presentation, and she of course mentioned this slight in her review. The Times critic says it made her and other editors feel "as though we were not quite welcome." After those hellish few minutes, they were allowed into the building. "There, behind a heavy curtain, we joined an even larger group of people (mostly editors) waiting to go into the presentation room. Naturally there was some grumbling — 'This doesn't seem very couture' — and so forth." Naturally. The reason for the delay was that Versace was staging its presentation twice, with back-to-back shows for photographers and for reporters and editors. The photographers' presentation had run a few minutes over schedule. Imagine the perplexity of it all! [NYTimes]
- J.C. Penney, as part of its ongoing reorganization, has announced a new design partnership with Nanette Lepore. In 2013, 600 Penney stores will roll out l'amour, a new line aimed at tweens. In comparison with the existing tween Penney's line Olsenboye, a collaboration with the Olsen twins, l'amour will have a more "girly" aesthetic. [WWD]
- Meanwhile, Zac Posen is going to be selling a collection of 12 dresses at Lord & Taylor, each priced under $200. [StyleCaster]
- Christian Louboutin is in town for the court arguments that will eventually determine the fate of his trademark on the use of red soles in footwear. "For YSL and [its parent company] PPR Group, this might just be a legal matter, but that's not the case for me," says the designer. "On the contrary, to me it is very personal: After all, this is an intrinsic part of my life and my company, which bears my name — and which I have built over the past 20 years and still independently own. This is why I had to be there in person." Diane von Furstenberg also attended as a friend. Three judges are hearing Louboutin's appeal of a lower court ruling that held Yves Saint Laurent could make red-soled shoes, and which threw into question the validity of Louboutin's trademark. The lower court's decision came in for heavy criticism by the judges, but law professor and Fashion Law Institute founder Susan Scafidi, who was also in the courtroom, said that wasn't necessarily a sign the judges would side with Louboutin. [WWD]
- Seal told Tavis Smiley that his and Heidi Klum's divorce will be civil, not ugly, because "We're just not those kind of people." He says, "What one has to do in this situation is to remain civil, to retain one's dignity, to be professional, and to understand that we are not the only people on this planet that are going through this." [ONTD]
- Sienna and Savannah Miller, who had been the creative directors of Twenty8Twelve since the line was founded, have left the company. [WWD]
- Are you ready to clutch your pearls? Apparently, after the Chanel party in Las Vegas last weekend — for which the brand flew in twelve private jets' worth of celebrities, editors, and other press — a few fashionable folks defected and went to the AVN awards. The suggestion of pornography has the biddies at the Post all a-scandalized. Naturally, we asked our friend Lux of Fleshbot fame if she noticed Jessica Joffe, Leigh Lezark, Jacqui Getty, or Douglas Hannant mingling with the adult stars, but she said she hadn't. [P6]
- People with smartphones are expected to spend more than $10 billion shopping on their little Web browsers this year. [WWD]