I wondered if I would find Tim Gunn personable. I wondered if taking a photo with him would be like High School Graduation; that awkward moment where you have to pause while "shaking hands" as the Principal hands you your empty Diploma holder. I didn't like the Principal and I'm fairly positive she didn't like me (and guess what? I don't have that picture.)
The show started and I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't a standard fashion show where models walked down a runway to loud music. They brought out two models at a time and Tim gave styling tips, suggesting why each outfit worked (and making one model tuck in his t-shirt; see the rule of thirds below.) Tim was personable, charming, funny, entertaining and he had good advice:
Tim says the single worst capri pant, ever, is the cargo capri. I agree. Well, actually, denim overalls and the overuse of commas (haha) are far worse.
Tim loves belts - they can give proportion where there is none.
Dress your bodies as a series of thirds (not literally - he specifically said, "Do NOT pull out the measuring tape." Don't create a line that cuts you in half.
He lent a tidbit of history (they are not "wife-beaters"): the tank top originates from France, where a pool is called a "tank." Thus, we have the tank top.
A few other pieces I loved:
From top left: Trench Coat, Jacket + Hat, Jacket, Hat + Swimsuit
After the show there was a Q&A, and I think by that time I was starting to feel like Tim was an old friend (I'm not too ashamed of my own cheesiness.)
After the show was the after party. Not really, but there was a long line of people waiting to take a photo with Tim. A few of my fellow Kansas City Bloggers were there and we talked, took photos and finally decided to get in line to meet Tim Gunn.
As we got closer and closer, I started to feel a little bit giddy (again, I'm not too proud to admit that.) I think everyone hoped they were wearing the right thing, haha! My turn was up and it was nothing like my High School Diploma Staged Photo Op. I introduced myself, Tim complimented my choice of "just the pop of leopard," and we snapped a photo. I graciously told him it was so nice to meet him and then asked him a question. And you know what? That man held my hand throughout the entire (one-minute) conversation. I left thinking that I wanted to adopt him as my uncle or something.
This is Meggy (from Chasing Davies) & Jen (yes, the tote bag says "what would Tim Gunn do?" I can't help but think, "He wouldn't wear this bag, so why is his camp handing them out to us?")
I think it's about time I read that book of his (okay, I actually had no idea he had written a book until this event......but now I know he has another book being released in September!)