Monday, September 26, 2011

"Make It Work!" (Tim Gunn Comes to San Diego!)

This past Saturday, the very delightful Tim Gunn made a personal appearance in San Diego, hosting a fashion show at Fashion Valley Mall.

Horribly, I missed it. The fashion show part, anyway. However, Vida, a reader and really-lovely-human-being-in-general, saw it and reported that it was amazing. And my very good friend, Tom, snapped this photo on his cell phone, while passing by: 

Photo credit: Tom Ross

The show featured fashions from Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, and Lucky Brand - three brands that seem pretty disparate and an incongruous combination, until you realize that they're all owned by Liz Claiborne, Inc. of which Tim Gunn is the Chief Creative Officer. 

Despite missing the fashion show (*sob*), I was able to make it to the meet-and-greet portion of the event, and also meet up with Vida. It was such fun! Mr. Gunn (who insisted on being called Tim) was as gracious, authentic, and kind as he seems on television, and really engaged with every person who approached him, leaning forward, shaking hands, smiling, and making small talk in a way that put everyone at ease. The meet-and-greet was really more of a photo opportunity, with every attendee being allowed a minute to talk with and take a picture with Tim. The entire operation was beautifully coordinated, with the staff quickly and efficiently assisting attendees with their bags, their cameras, and other gear, in order to allow guests to greet and be photographed with Tim, without being burdened by whatever they happened to be lugging around the mall that day.

The fashion show stage - also where attendees met and were photographed with Tim Gunn. 

Guests were offered touch-ups by make-up artists, as they neared the front of the line. Bare Escentuals products were provided, so no one had to get their photo taken with a shiny nose or faded lip if they didn't want to:

Make-up artists provided touch-ups to guests waiting in line to meet Tim.

A professional photographer snapped a photo of Tim and each guest. Photos were printed immediately and handed to guests as they stepped off the stage!

I was so thoroughly overwhelmed by my excitement, I could barely do more than introduce myself and grin like a goof for the camera. I will say though - Tim's energy was very calming, so I was able to keep all the squealing, bouncing, and excited hand-clapping inside, while meeting him (thank goodness). I do wish I could have put together a couple sentences though, and told him that he's the major reason I enjoy Project Runway (if he was to leave that show, I might still watch it because of the design and fashion elements, but I don't know that I'd enjoy it as much as I do now); that I really enjoyed the book of his I read a couple years ago; and that I wish his column in Marie Claire wasn't limited to just one page. 

Myself with Tim Gunn (snapped by a staffer, using my camera).

If I ever meet him again, I'll be sure to tell him those things. Or maybe, I'll just say that I'd never have thought to put a purple gingham shirt with a pinstriped navy suit and patterned tie together - but wow, it totally works. (Note to self: find a purple gingham shirt to wear under my navy pinstriped blazer...)

Me, Tim Gunn, and Vida!

I have to say, the afternoon was about fifty times more fun, because I was there with Vida. She's the one who drew my attention to this event, held a place in line for me since I was arriving late, and in what I quickly realized was typical-Vida style, she'd made friends with all the women in the line around her, which made standing in the heat while awaiting our turns so much nicer. (And how cute is she in her Kate Spade Kit Sweater, Zara skirt, and Burberry handbag?) Thanks, Vida, for providing such wonderful company at such a fun event!

The very lovely Vida, after we met Tim. 

Meet-and-greet guests received a gift bag, along with a print of their photo with Mr. Gunn. In each bag was a box of holiday cards - all featuring a sketch of Tim Gunn and some Gunnesque holiday observation or advice...(and yes, there were actual squeals and gasps of delight, when we discovered those cards - so fun!) - along with a chic matte silver photo frame. 

One of the Tim Gunn-themed holiday cards we received in our gift bags.

After the event, Vida and I did a tiny bit of browsing in Juicy Couture and Anthro. I tried on a couple things at Anthro and will share those items in another post. The Juicy Couture boutique isn't really one that I've ever been into before - mostly because I feel like their things are a bit too young for me and at a high price point to boot, but after having realized that it was a sister-company to my much beloved Kate Spade, my curiosity was piqued, and we made our way over. Our expectations were mostly on the mark - generally, we felt the merchandise in the store was for a slightly younger demographic than ourselves (we're both professional 30-somethings and mothers of young children), but I will leave you with these two things we came across (and sorta loved)...this adorable lace top and this vintage-feel blouse (on sale in Juicy Couture stores).

Have a great Monday and thanks for reading!


  1. Squeeee!!!!!!!! How exciting!!!!!!

  2. looks like such a fun event!!! and love the pictures of you with tim gunn, he's amazing!

  3. Awesome!!!  I was so bummed to have missed him when he was at Fashion Valley awhile back.  (Same with Clinton Kelley... but I digress).  Thanks for sharing!

  4. Just found your awesome blog! So glad I did :) How fun does that look?! I love Tim Gunn!

  5. Glad you had a good time.

  6. That looks like one fun event you went too!! I didn't know Kate Spade and Juicy were sister companies either (thanks, I learned something new today) You look cute in your pink cardigan!!

  7. hey carol!  (remember me from high school? -grace sinoy :) )this is my first time commenting, been following your blog for a few months now & i must say i enjoy it so much!  thanks for sharing all you do!  wow!  i love tim gunn!  what a fun experience!  thanks again & looking forward to more!

  8. EEE!!!!!!  How fun!  And even better to enjoy it with a great friend.  I <3 Tim, too! 

  9. Ooh, jealous that you got to meet the fabulous Mr Gunn!

  10. How cool!  This sounds like such a fun event.  Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hi Grace! How are you? I'm glad you enjoy the blog (it's my happy place, haha). Hope all is well with you!

  12. Sorry I missed this event. Sounded like fun, and the holiday cards are adorable. I agree with you about Juicy. I don't find the quality matches with their prices. Thanks for sharing the pics!

  13. I was there with my friend and loved your review, the only thing you might have left out is how amazingly strong Tim Gunn is! That man has arms of steel! Can't say I expected that! :) Wasn't it a fabulous event?! I also am a huge Kate Spade fan and the girls at the fashion valley store are amazing too. So glad that you and your friend enjoyed it as much as we did! :)

  14. Also, here is where I posted a review (no photos!) Hope you enjoy!