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'Project Runway's' Tim Gunn greets his fawning fans at Kate Spade in Pasadena

April 23, 2010 | 10:31 am

Tim2Mere hours before Seth Aaron Henderson was revealed as this season's "Project Runway" winner, the show's co-host, Tim Gunn, was greeting hoards of fans at the Kate Spade store in Pasadena.

Gunn, who pulls double duty as TV host and the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne (the parent company of Kate Spade) was in town to drum up business for the brand by hosting a fashion presentation and audience Q&A session.

His Southern California stopover was part of a national tour of Kate Spade stores the fashion exec's been on, which has included major cities such as Dallas and Chicago.

Fans crammed into the small boutique on Colorado Boulevard for a chance to ask Gunn styling advice and introduce models dressed in sunny Kate Spade ensembles. And if you were behind the third row of smiling women, you were hard-pressed to even catch a glimpse of the man who made "Make it work" a national catchphrase.

GunnOutside2 Those who were called on to ask questions predominantly inquired about their own personal style, with one starstruck fan exclaiming "Oh, my God!" when Gunn turned his attention to her (the petite fan asked about proper proportions for shorter gals).

Gunn was typically kind, complimenting one woman on her tiny waist, while another, he claimed, was "adorable." When asked what his proudest moment in fashion has been so far, Gunn cited "repositioning the fashion program at Parson's [School of Design]," adding that Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were among the first to graduate from the newly revamped program.

"He's a genuinely nice person, you can tell," said Gerri Seigel of Westchester, Calif., who drove up to see Gunn with her daughter, Deanna. "When you're watching the show, you can see that he really cares about the designers. He's kind."

-- Emili Vesilind


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Photos, from top: Tim Gunn chats up a local fan before taking a photo; the line to take a photo with Gunn snaked down the block. Credit: Emili Vesilind / For The Times