Did you know that Tim Gunn has written a book? He has, and he’s giving us some juicy gossip about some high-profile fashion people. The book is called Gunn’s Golden Rules, and I guess it’s supposed to be a fashion bible for people who adore Tim Gunn (raising hand). Anyway, Page Six has an early excerpt of the book, and it’s a good one. Tim tells two great stories, one about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour being carried down stairs by bodyguards, and the second about Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley being fed like a bird.
Tim Gunn has seen a lot, but his story of watching Anna Wintour get carried down five sets of stairs by her bodyguards after refusing to ride an elevator takes the cake. In his new book, “Gunn’s Golden Rules” (Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books), co-written with The Post’s Ada Calhoun, the flamboyant “Project Runway” host dishes on his encounter with the Vogue editor at designer Peter Som’s fashion show at the Metropolitan Pavilion in 2006.
After the show, writes Gunn, “I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won’t-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. She wasn’t there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman’s lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms.”
Adds Gunn: “I ran to the window to see if they would put her down on the sidewalk or carry her to the car like that. They carried her to the car. And I thought: I will never forget this.”
It’s not the only instance of divalike behavior by a Vogue staffer: Gunn also writes of a run-in later that year with Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley at the New York Public Library at a panel discussion with photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and People editor Martha Nelson.
Gunn, Nelson and Greenfield-Sanders went to sound-check, but Talley refused. Gunn writes: “When we return to the green room, we see that someone has spread a translucent barber’s bib over Andre and he’s reclining, his arms at his sides. He’s being fed grapes and cubes of cheese one by one, like a bird in a nest.”
A spokesman for Vogue told Page Six, “Tim Gunn has a very vivid imagination. There is no truth to any of this.”
[From Page Six]
Oh, snap. Vogue’s spokesman doesn’t sound too happy. I bet the spokesman really said “[THAT BITCH] Tim Gunn has a very vivid imagination.” Anyway, I believe Tim’s story. I was going to say “especially about Andre Leon Talley” but I believe both the Talley and the Wintour stories equally. Talley seems like a madman, and in 2006, ALT would have been dieting, right? Being fed like a bird was probably part of his “diet”. Oh, and Wintour being carried by bodyguards just makes sense if you’re wearing crazy heels. Why take off your shoes to walk? Real fashion is never convenient, bitches.