I've become a Bravo TV junkie. They have so many addictive reality-based shows. My favorites this summer were Flipping Out (Jeff's not OCD, he's just bossy and annoying), Welcome to the Parker (although this one went downhill after the ping-pong tournament), and Top Chef (my love of this show is only enhanced by Tony Bourdain's regular appearances). Because I've been watching lots of Bravo, I've seen lots of ads for Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, which premiered last week.
I love Tim Gunn. He's my favorite part of Project Runway (Laura was robbed!), so I was thrilled to hear that he was getting his own show.
I watched the first show, and it just didn't live up to my expectations. It was slow, dry, and not very inspiring. I did like the list of wardrobe essentials every woman should have, and I will use it when I start rebuilding my closet this fall. When I got pregnant with Campbell, I cleaned out my closet ruthlessly, and now that I'm almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight and size, I don't have much left to wear other than shorts and polo shirts. Not that I have lots of places to go that require more than shorts or polo shirts, but it would be nice to have options.
Anyway, I found the show odd. It's not like What Not to Wear, where they take clothing train wrecks and transform them. The girl this week just dressed a little frumpily, not terribly. And her after wardrobe, with the exception of the Catherine Malandrino dress, didn't wow me.
The oddest part of the evening was the woman's reaction to the new wedding ring she got from her husband. She gushed and cried and trembled and thanked her husband Augie over and over again. He stood there and took the credit even though he saw the ring for the first time when Tim gave it to him that afternoon. Augie didn't come up with the idea, didn't pick it out, and didn't pay for it, yet his wife acted like it was the best thing he'd ever done for her. Wha?
I'm hoping Tim hits his stride and the show improves with time. Tim's too talented and too much fun to watch for the show to disappear. But if it does, at least Tim's going to be back on Project Runway, which is coming back soon. Yay.