There's been a lot of buzz lately on Tim Gunn and his ability to blow up from his fame from "Project Runway." The "Make it work!" design task mater of the show has recently been appointed the new chief creative director of Liz Claiborne
and will get his Bravo show, "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style," this fall.
So what about the winning designers? After all, isn't the point of the show to create the next superstar designer? New York Magazine ran this great piece in their Spring Fashion issue on last season's winner Jefferey Sebelia, the heavily tatted, married, LA-rock inspired designer. The article shows you the gift (recognition) and the curse (people thinking you've "made" it) of "winning" such a popular show. In one part, he struggles to find the money to tip a parking attendant.
Here's a great excerpt:
Fred Segal asked him to do the Christmas windows, but the store bought only eight pieces. ("They did reorder three," he says, throwing up his hands in mock celebration. "So, eleven pieces! Woo hoo!") A shiny-suited investor—"a mob-type guy"—talked big and delivered small, but Sebelia's still holding out for more. "At this point, if he had the money, I'd take it," he says, laughing.
His first post-Runway deal? Not exactly Marc Jacobs for LVMH. "I'm almost afraid to admit what I'm doing," he says, "but it's costumes for a movie. It's a live-action movie for the Bratz." Those slutty dolls? "Yeah, those slutty dolls."
Check out his line Cosa Nostra here
Photo via New York Magazine