In his new book, Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work, Tim Gunn shares a little story about the time he saw Anna Wintour being carried out of the Peter Som show by bodyguards, perhaps to avoid taking the stairs or elevator like a common person. The Daily News accuses the book of being deceptively titled, since mixed in with the life lessons are some gossipy bits like this. But Tim Gunn: deceptive? That’s like accusing an evergreen of being orange.
In conversation, Gunn amplifies the charges. Of Anna Wintour’s diva-like antics — including allegedly being carried down the stairs at one fashion event like an ancient queen — Gunn says, “It’s insane that people don’t call her out on the things she does. Is it fear? I was certainly afraid of her. When her office called me, I thought I’d have to go into the witness protection program.”
But the paper sort of forgives him:
Ironically, all these swipes emanate from a tome that’s ostensibly a guide to good behavior. Then again, it’s the snotty or condescending antics of both public and private figures that earns Gunn’s ire. So, in that way, the gripes fall in line with his theme.
Gunn, 57, says his book expanded from its initial premise as a straight etiquette guide because “I don’t like the word. It connotes fish forks and wine-glass placement. And it sounds elitist and stuffy.”
Gunn adds that fans tell him they don’t know a lot about him, and this book provides a window into his life as Tim Gunn the Person. It sounds great to us, and if he wants to rag on the craziness of the fashion industry, why not? The last thing the world needs is another style guide.