Gunn's Golden Rules

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Fashion guru Tim Gunn's recent book, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work, is as fun as--and even juicier than--I had hoped.

Most celebrity types won't criticize other celebs for fear of retribution, but Gunn--famous for his work on the reality-TV hit Project Runway--clearly isn't afraid of anyone (at least anyone whose pompous attitudes are asking for it). The book's theme is basic but refreshing: Be nice.

And, for the record, I read it before it hit stores in September, but I've had many things to write about in the meantime. My inattention is no reflection on the book. It's worth a read. Here are a few tidbits I found interesting:

  • Gunn loves J. Crew (and apparently wears a lot of it).
  • Designer Diane von Furstenberg loves a basket of good onion rings.
  • After one fashion show, Vogue editor Anna Wintour (who apparently didn't want to ride the elevator with mere mortals) was carried downstairs--and to her car--by bodyguards.
  • Gunn's favorite fashion movies are Blow-Up (1966), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Funny Face (1957), The September Issue (2009) and The Women (1939).

"When we look good, we feel better. That's true for everyone," Gunn writes. "You feel better able to tackle the world."

--Kristy Eckert