The 2012 Nashville Fashion Week brought with it one of the biggest names in the industry to Music City, as Tim Gunn made an appearance at the Mall at Green Hills.

Best known for his role as mentor and co-host of the hit television series Project Runway, Gunn is also the chief creative officer for Fifth and Pacific Companies, formerly Liz Claiborne Inc. Along with his work with the company that owns Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York, and Lucky Brand Jeans, Gunn is also author of Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style and Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons to Making It Work, and he brought his breadth of knowledge to the runway show at Green Hills.

Gunn provided comment throughout the show that featured the Spring 2012 Collections of Fifth and Pacific’s charter brands and highlighted several key looks for the season.

“This spring it’s all about color,” Gunn said with the same charm and humor he is known for on set. He went on to discuss how larger prints should be avoided or only worn by modelesque women while stressing the importance of fit and keeping one’s outfit proportional to one’s body type.

Making fashion work for everyone, Gunn explained that fashion is all about individual expression and what may be trendy or in style is not for everyone. “I’m not as worried about the ‘fashion hierarchy’ and ‘who’ someone is wearing,” he said from the runway. “It’s more about HOW they are wearing it and HOW it makes that person feel.” Gunn even offered some everyday fashion tips.

“I have a chin test,” he explained when it came to choosing the right color. “Put the clothing up to your chin, and if the color makes your skin glow, it’s a good color for you. If the color washes you out, you should avoid it!”

He was still apt to point out some fashion faux pas, even on the models as they walked, even asking one of the male models to tuck in his shirt because men’s shirts are meant to be tucked in. “It would just look better,” Gunn said.

“It’s important that Fashion Week takes place in cities across the country, not just in New York City,” he said after the show. “Nashville has developed its own version of Fashion Week supporting local talent, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.” 

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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