Welcome To The Gunn Show

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Admittedly, we're a sucker for make-over shows like What Not To Wear and How Do I Look?, and we're also a sucker for older gay men so it's no wonder that Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, which premiered on Bravo last night, is like, our favorite thing ever. (Slut Machine will have a video up later.) Gunn, who stole the show on Project Runway, helps women realize their fashion potential with the help of sidekick Veronica Webb. Rebecca, Gunn's first project, was really cute, but wore nothing but jeans and t-shirts that didn''t fit her great figure. Gunn spoke in his usual adorably-snooty tone and appeared traumatized when he witnessed Rebecca in a shapeless dress — "I'll say it, it was horrifying." God, why is it that gay men can get away with being so shallow and judgey-wudgey, but if Mandie Erickson said it she would sound so...cunty?


Anyway, to make a long story short, Veronica raided Rebecca's underwear drawer, Rebecca received an entire closet full of amazing clothes from designers like Catherine Malandrino (Um, can we please get on this show? We'd like to upgrade from Banana Republic to Malandrino, thanks), we learned such lessons as "one cannot address the issue of style until order has been brought to the closet", and then Tim cried at the end in a totally sincere way. (We kind of did too). Tim Gunn's Guide to Style [Bravo]



I'm not sure why all the fuss over Gunn, or even Queer Eye for that matter. Didn't get it then. Don't get it now. Not sure why women, mainly straight women, need or want gay men guiding their wardrobe choices any more than anyone else. If it's a fashion designer who someone respects/admires, that would make sense. But random guys, gay or not, who may or may not dress well based on personal preferences... just another strange syndrome as far as I can tell. Perhaps playing into womens insecurities over their appearance.

My take: you either have style or you don't. And it has as much to do with confidence and attitude in your presentation and behavior as much as anything else. (I'm not saying I do btw; but I can appreciate it when I see it, and its rarely in need of some random gay guy calling the shots).