Tim Gunn has been on a roll lately — a roll which coincides nicely with the release of his book, “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work.” He began with Anna Wintour, tackled Conde Nast as a whole, dubbed Isaac Mizrahi a ‘terrible, terrible, terrible person’, and called Taylor Momsen’s onset behavior “sad and pathetic.” And while we’ve championed his straight-shooting cause through most of this, we can’t help but think he’s started to take it too far.
On Access Hollywood yesterday, Gunn set his sights on four-year-old Suri Cruise — though he foists the blame on her parents, and the insanely easy target that is Lindsay Lohan.
Gunn’s criticism of Lohan involved her disastrous tenure as creative director of Emanuel Ungaro. He told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover:
“Mr. Ungaro is dead and God knows he must have been rolling over in his grave, but I thought, this is one of the last couture houses left in this entire world. Lindsay Lohan is the creative director? How absurd is that! It would be like asking, I don’t know, like, asking Suri Cruise to pilot a fighter jet.”
And Gunn isn’t wrong, per se, but it just feels like he’s beating a dead horse. Is there anyone out there who thought Lohan taking the reins at Ungaro was a good idea? Furthermore, the novelty of Gunn’s outspokenness was in the fact that he was willing to say things no one else was. But bashing Lohan’s design sensibility isn’t brave, it’s just unoriginal.
That said, it’s Gunn’s critique of Suri Cruise that has us squirming in our seats.
“Suri is, she’s her mother and father’s dress up doll and I feel in many ways she’s a fashion victim and it’s just very inappropriate,” Tim [said.]
As for those kitten heels the 4-year-old has sported, Tim said those don’t work at all.
“I think it’s unsafe too. She’s a little kid and [she’s] tottering around on these stilettos or quasi stilettos. It’s really inappropriate and I feel bad for her in a manner of speaking,” he [explained].
Whether or not what he’s saying is true, his comments feel like cattiness for the sake of cattiness — what good is badmouthing a four-year-old’s outfits going to do? And while we never thought we’d be coming to the defense of Tom Cruise, aside from the pricetag on Suri’s clothing, she seems like a remarkably well-adjusted child — inasmuch as a four-year-old we only know from tabloid photos can be well-adjusted.
Gunn’s openness certainly fills a much-needed void in an industry only too willing to kowtow to the powers that be, but we can’t help but feel that Gunn’s criticisms have jumped the shark. If he keeps his focus on industry heavyweights known for legitimately bad behavior, we’ll listen. But if he continues to attack four-year-olds and former child stars with substance abuse issues, then our Gunn loving days are over.