Thursday, September 06, 2007

Gunn's A'Blazin'!


(image via houseandgarden.com)


Oh, my God, did anyone watch the "sneak preview" of the new Bravo show "Tim Gunn's Guide To Style" last night? IT IS GOING TO BE THE BEST SHOW EVER!

First of all, it has Tim Gunn. Right there, that puts it at the the head of the reality show pack. Then there's the whole concept, which is totally "What Not To Wear"-meets-"Queen For A Day," because Tim and his oddly-coiffed supermodel sidekick Veronica Webb go into a woman's life and tell her what's wrong with what she's wearing, but besides getting the usual shopping spree and hair/makeup makeover, the woman also gets all kinds of fabulous GIFTS, like a custom-made Bill Blass dress and a giant designer handbag and a Tahitian black pearl necklace. As Bret Michaels would say, it's pretty incredibly awesome. The only problem I can see is that I may explode in a jealous rage at these women who not only get to hang out with Tim Gunn for a week but also receive expensive gifts from him! Seriously, my covetousness knows no bounds...

The other thing that makes the show so great--especially in comparison with "What Not To Wear"--is that Tim is so sweet and unpushy. They don't actually throw away the woman's bad clothing, it just gets taken to Tim's office (which contains a giant and unexpected zebra skin rug!). Tim tells her that she doesn't have to do this makeover, it's her choice. On the episode last night, they made a big deal of making the woman throw away a Betsy Johnson dress that she wore when she was 21 and was symbolically holding her back in her family's stated quest for her to please, for the love of god, achieve a more age-appropriate and less-skanky look---then at the end Tim presents it back to her in a "memory box." (And let me tell you, Stacy London would rather stick a fork in her eye than do that on the American "What Not To Wear." She takes great pleasure in bullying and bossing and shoving, although I must say that most people who go on these shows are so annoying that I don't blame her. If there's one thing that will make me outraged it is the mamby-pamby makeover show participant who sobs when her tacky hair gets a much-needed trim or she can't give up a loathesome pair of shoes, especially since these people are getting a whole new wardrobe, professional fashion consultations, a free haircut, a make-up lesson, and every single person they know at home says they looked like total embarrassing crap before the makeover. GROW A SPINE, LADIES, AND STOP YOUR WHINGING! But I digress.) He seems to really care about the woman's inner struggle with making a big change. And he's not afraid to say that a person's velour low-rise sweatpant with "Juicyland" on the ass is vulgar. "Vulgar" is one of his favorite pronouncements. Oh, every single thing he says is a total delight! TIM GUNN IS AMERICA'S SWEETHEART!

The real premiere is TONIGHT on Bravo! To miss it would be vulgar...

6 comments:

Shannon said...

Isn't Carmindy the actually really nice makeup lady in WNTW, and Stacy the hyenalike "don't wear that, it's horrible!" lady?

jennifer said...

How right you are, Shannon! I will correct this ASAP. I think I am just fixated on the name "Carmindy.

Anonymous said...

I was just going to comment that Carmindy was the non-pushy makeup lady! I watch that show way too much.

I am SO excited about the Tim Gunn show, except for the fact that it features Veronica Webb, for whom I have a decade-long and irrational hatred.

Terri R.

jennifer said...

Well, Terri R., at least you can revel in the fact that Veronica Webb has decided that her new look is "1980s graffiti artist newsboy," according to fellow viewer Gil C. Also, she looks kinda haggard. Pretty, but haggard.

Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club said...

I was just memerized by Veronica Webb' hairline the whole episode. She also just kept starting oddly at people and touching them a little too much.

Anonymous said...

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