Beth Damiano, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Beth Damiano)
Tim Gunn knows his stuff (in case there was any doubt) and he's thrilled to help you know it too. The best part is instead of telling you what to buy or how to lose weight to fit into those size 6s, he honestly wants you to feel and look better. You, not an idealized, runway version of yourself.
Finding finding a fashion muse (beyond Audrey and Marilyn) to making those hard choices in clearing out your closet (if it doesn't fit on you, it shouldn't take closet space from things that do), Gunn guides you to becoming a better you. So, shoulders down (not back, he prescribes), heels on, and stride into the world a more graceful, fashionable you.
If you are looking for a fashion how-to, this book won't do. Gunn and Moloney's objective is clearly to get you to refine your wardrobe with an eye toward "quality, taste and style," not to hold your hand in the dressing room.
This book is a very fun read and intended to introduce and reinforce general guidelines for fashion. There are a few "must haves" and a lot of inspiration for finding out "who you are" and trusting in yourself.
Tim Gunn's new Bravo show is precisely modeled on this book. If you've seen the show, the book will only serve as a supplement; most of this ground will be very familiar.
The book is very fun to read (you can just hear his voice) and has value as inspiration. Gunn wants you to find your own place in the fashion world and he makes you want that, too. Plus a personal assistant and a million bucks for clothes.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Plucked straight from Parsons's New School for Design, television network Bravo found a surprising hero in Project Runway style mentor Gunn, whose catch phrase 'make it work' has inspired an undeniable following of armchair fashionistas. Though he'll admit that book writing isn't easy, this venture marks another feather in his tasteful cap. A precursor of sorts to his new series on Bravo, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, this accessible guidebook covers it all, including the 'hunt,' 'stalk' and 'pounce' of 'shopping at its most instinctual' (inspired by cheap, forward-looking clothiers H&M), what to ask yourself before taking advantage of a bargain (is it season-appropriate?), the difference between a fashion icon and a mentor (Gunn's the former, Coco Chanel the latter) and full-on closet reconstruction. Gunn's friendly, conversational prose will give readers the feeling of a face-to-face encounter, and Runway fans will be happy to find Gunn hasn't abandoned his colorful metaphors (shopping as 'safari') and 50-cent words ('insouciant'). Whether revealing the secrets of 'The Under Arsenal' or ruminating on the 'tone' and 'diction' of a handbag, Gunn's text is clever, a touch waggish, and highly practical for both ensemble mavens and fashion criminals." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A guide to creating and maintaining a personal style covers shopping, improving posture, finding the right fit of your clothing, and choosing accessories.
by Harry Abrams,
There seems to be no one more qualified or equipped to ponder or even, dare I say, dictate 'quality, taste, and style' than Tim." -Sarah Jessica Parker, actor/producer
Television has introduced the world to a new fashion authority: Tim Gunn. As Bravo's style mentor and Chair of the Fashion Design Department at Parsons The New School for Design, Tim delivers advice in a frank, witty, and authoritative manner that delights audiences.
Now readers can benefit from Tim's considerable fashion wisdom in Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, TasteandStyle. He discusses every aspect of creating and maintaining your personal style: how to dress for various occasions, how to shop (from designer to chain to vintage stores), how to pick a fashion mentor, how to improve your posture, find the perfect fit, and more. He'll challenge every reader-whether a seasoned fashionista or a style neophyte-to "make it work!"
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