Tim Gunn at a mall fashion show? The guru makes it work and disperses sage fashion advice
Last week was a busy fashion week in Austin: On Thursday, The University of Texas hosted its yearly Fashion Show with a surprise appearance from famous stylist Brad Goreski; then Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn hosted a Lucky Brand Jean fashion show at Barton Creek Square on Saturday.
From the crowded Macy’s court, Tim Gunn was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd waiting to be entertained and educated by the man who made the saying “Make it work” so popular.
The fashion show featured something for everyone — all ages were well represented, from young teens to over 50. Particularly fun to see: Professional models walked along side some of Austin “real life” folks who won a casting call a few days before the event.
Tim shared a few fashion tips, some nuggets of which were that women should be careful about wearing Capri pants and pairing trends that may appear a bit too young.
In fact, most of the question and answer session following the fashion show centered around topic of wearing looks for women over 40. His advice? Be patient when shopping for a look, and take the time to try things on. Your instinct should tell you if it’s a buy or not.
During one portion of the fashion show, a single plaid shirt was styled a several different ways. A model in her 50s and a young model in his 20s showed a tailored unisex look that could bridge the generation gap.
Tim also mentioned to the crowd that, “Sexy on the top and sexy on the bottom means full-tilt vulgar.” After a long audience laugh, Gunn went on to recommend that the long maxi dress trend should be worn casually with flats to create an easy, comfortable summer look.
After a lengthy picture session with his fans including Austin’s own Ross Bennett of the current NBC Fashion Star show, Mr. Gunn said he looks forward to someday returning to Austin. Hopefully, he will make those plans work.
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