Tim Gunn: No Backing Down From "Provocative" Book!

Project Runway babe speaks with confidence about Anna Wintour and others at a Borders book signing in Los Angeles

By Ted Casablanca, Taryn Ryder Sep 17, 2010 7:41 PMTags
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Tim Gunn had a book signing last night, at a Los Angeles Borders, and he was "overwhelmed" at the turnout. Mostly screaming women who were there to get their four seconds of worship with the Project Runway fearless fashion diva.

"I wanted to write a book that's an antidote to bad behavior," Gunn told the enraptured audience at the Century City mall, explaining his reasoning behind Gunn's Golden Rules, adding he was looking around NYC and disgusted with what he saw.

What happened as a result?

"There's been some controversy, it's been a little provocative," T. dished to the gaggling crowd. "The legal department did weeks of work and anything remotely questionable was pulled out."

It's not like any of us ever doubted Gunn's pissy stories about Vogue head Anna Wintour (he asserts she treats some of her helpers like slaves, etc.) and Wintour's threatening phone calls to Gunn. But in case you were wary of all the battle-hype, yo, there ya go! No backing down from Tim, loves it!

Gunn told the crowd he hoped his book would show people "how to navigate the world with respect and responsibility."

Considering Wintour and Vogue's tales are in the chapter titled "The World Owes You...Nothing," it's safe to say T.G. truly has no fear of the considerable powers that be in boogie-man Condé Nast land. Hey, that's the only way to make a book like this work, dontchya think?

Gunn wrote the unofficial guide to a more stylish life as if he were "giving advice to students in his office" and told the crowd it was time for his "personal anecdotes" in a book.

"It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission," a smiley T.G. told the cheering crowd of ladies.

But there's one femme Tim might not be quite ready to face:

"I'm quite confident my mother has yet to read the book, because she's still alive," laughed Gunn as he spoke to the audience.

But will it ultimately lead to the death of Anna Wintour, who's long-running reign at Vogue has been whispered to be tentative, as of late? That's what we want to know.

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