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Tim Gunn Thinks Michael Knight Needs to Get Out of Atlanta

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Tim Gunn at Perry Ellis yesterday.Photo: Patrick McMullan

We’re glad Bravo resisted the urge to overexpose Project Runway, but it’s killing us not to have a Bryant Park show to make bets on. So we found the next best thing: Tim Gunn, in the front row of the Heart Truth show.

Didn’t you get the memo? You’re supposed to be wearing red.
I don’t know that I have any red in my wardrobe! Maybe I have to fix it. I saw the John Barlett show. There was a wonderful cardigan with red piping. I’ll talk to John.

You have a new job at Liz Claiborne. Will you still be on Project Runway?
Yeah! That’s part of the requirement. My requirement. I said to Bill McComb, if I can’t keep doing these things that are such incredible fun for me, then I wouldn’t want to do that.

Are any Project Runway alums showing this season?
Malan is showing. Have you heard about Jay McCarroll? Is he showing?

He showed in the fall — it was great.
But then why stop the momentum, is my question.

Have you two been in contact?
Regretfully, I’m not. I’d like to be, but only if he’s willing to talk.

Are you in touch with season-three winner Jeffrey Sebelia?
Yes! I am. He just has so many things on his plate. He just needs to make some very difficult and strategic decisions about what he wants to do. And Michael Knight’s in the same position. He’s talking to a lot of people about a lot of different directions. I want him to come to New York, to be perfectly honest. I think we need to get him out of Atlanta. Which is not a denigration of Atlanta — he’s in too much of a comfort zone there, and he’s so incredibly talented.

What can we expect from next season?
We haven’t really even begun discussions yet. We need to determine when we’ll have auditions. I think we’re going to have an even higher level of design come out of this. I love the fact that we can have a design dialogue and less of a discussion about things being poorly made. —Rachel Wolff

Tim Gunn Thinks Michael Knight Needs to Get Out of Atlanta