Tim Gunn is a fashion consultant, chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne, and co-host of Project Runway. I am not all that fashionable and rarely look at fashion magazines, I know very little about famous designers, and I do not have a television. So why did I read this book? I liked the covers, front and back. Both have a picture of Tim Gunn and he looked like a nice, if perhaps a bit persnickety, man and the rules sounded interesting. Sometimes it is okay to judge a book by its cover.
Mr. Gunn has eighteen rules, some examples are:
Rule number one is: Make It Work. In other words face up to problems, make the best of the situation, find a solution, and hiding is not an option.
Number two is: The World Owes You…Nothing. The sooner you learn this the better.
Number three: Take The High Road. It seems this is something Mr. Gunn does indeed do. Even though there is some name dropping storytelling it is without ugliness or spite, most often with humor.
Number eight: Physical Comfort Is Overrated. Obviously written by a fashion loving, doesn’t get his hands dirty, kinda guy but he really does make good points here.
This book is not so much about fashion as it is about civility and manners and simple kindness that keeps us all sane and non-violent pleasant members of society. I enjoyed reading Mr. Gunn’s thoughts and stories. The rules make sense.
In his writing he seems open and humble about his public and private life but he seems kind of sad. Not sure why that is. The other thing is that he writes too often and too emphatically about the fact that he never lies. Really? How does one do that?
The book is an easy read and it does make its point. Those who are into fashion and the celebrities of that world will find the anecdotes interesting and those who are not can learn the importance of putting your best foot forward no matter what label you wear.