Tim Gunn is one of the greatest fashion consultants in the industry, but he has also made the mistake of angering a fashion heavyweight and not just anyone: Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
The Project Runway: Under the Gunn host has admitted he’s still terrified of Wintour, and told the The New York Post’s Page Six, “I don’t look her in the eyes, because I will be turned into stone.” Yikes!
So what started the feud between these two?
Gunn painted a rather unpleasant picture of Wintour when he wrote an anecdote about the 64-year-old fashion guru in his 2010 fashion advice book Gunn’s Golden Rules. Gunn wrote that he had witnessed the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief being carried down a set of stairs by her bodyguards after a New York fashion show rather than ride in the elevator with everyone else.
“We ran over to [an] elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. Then…what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs…bodyguards had made a fireman’s lock and were racing her from landing to landing,” Gunn wrote.
“They carried her to the car,” he added.
Gunn’s comments did not sit well with Wintour, and they caused a P.R. nightmare for him. “All hell broke loose… her office was insisting I print a retraction,” he revealed to The New York Post’s Page Six.
“I wasn’t maligning her character,” he insisted to the paper. “I was simply making a statement of facts. It didn’t say anything about her as a person.”