Last night I hosted a get together that can only be described as a perk of my job. Some of the best and brightest "Project Runway" fans got together in the West Village to watch the show interactively, so to speak... with a man who's suave, debonaire, all knowing, and kind. He is the king of Parsons and the den father we all wish we had, Mr. Tim Gunn.
Before the event, speculation and anticipation abounded. TV Producer and wit-about-town Liza Persky said, "Here's the thing about Tim Gunn. I live and breathe by what he says. When he goes in that design room and he's staring at the pieces - if he goes 'I don't know' I gasp or think 'They're out..' If you don't listen to him you're crazy and don't deserve to be there. It's a gift that he can just have a psychic pre-warning of what's to come. I would feel the best I've ever felt if he complemented me. Just don't ever question Tim Gunn, that's all I'm saying. And he's so sweet. OK, I have a little crush on him I think." Most of the women dressed purposefully down in order to avoid any attempt at overtly seeking approval or provoking comments from the man who commands their respect. The ravishing Kim Parker was concerned that Mr. G would arrive with a bag of scissors, 150 bucks, a trip to Mood, and a challenge.
Mr. Gunn arrived promptly at 8:30 dressed to the nines, on a crutch from a recent mishap, and holding two bottles of beautiful wine. He was greeted by a group anxious to hear his take on everything from Santino to the Chinese food. This was not any ordinary group - the hardcore fans included Palm Restaurant heir Bruce Bozzi, super-hot Broadway director Joe Mantello, and super-hot - Everything Sarah Jessica Parker - not to mention my boss, Bravo Queen Bee Lauren Zalaznick. These are people who have done and seen it all. Mr. Mantello, for one, is about to direct Julia Roberts in her Broadway debut, yet I think I'd never seen him more amped up. There were 12 in all who were so enraptured with the fashion genius that I am surprised no one jumped on his lap.
"OK, now that he's here - I can confirm that I have more than a crush on him. I might be in love," Liza whispered to me at the chinese buffet. Liza knew she was barking up the wrong tree but there are two things she can't stop - the beat and her emotions.