I think it’s safe to say that Tim Gunn and ‘Vogue’ editor-in-chief Anna Wintour are NOT friends or even on friendly terms. The ‘Project Runway’ mentor hasn’t been shy about his thoughts on Anna as a person, and his thoughts aren’t exactly complimentary.
When Tim visited ‘The Meredith Vieira Show,’ Meredith asked him about Anna.
When people misbehave around me I call them out for their bad behavior.
“The most benign of all the experiences I’ve had with her had to do with a question that I was asked by the New York Post and the question was the following, ‘What is the most unforgettable moment you’ve ever seen in fashion?’ Very matter of fact question and very matter of fact response and it was, ‘Watching Anna Wintour being carried down 5 flights of stairs from a fashion show.’
“Her office called my office the next day and demanded a retraction and I said, ‘But its true, it happened.’ I mean I didn’t make this up and they still demanded a retraction and I said no. There were many calls back and forth and finally, there was a call during which her Director of Communications said, ‘I’ll have you know Ms. Wintour knows how to work a Manolo.’
“I said it wasn’t a matter of not being able to down the stairs to descent, it was a matter of speed. She had two bodyguards, who made a firemen’s lock, she sat in it. They wooshed her down these stairs and put her right into her car to get to another fashion show because this fashion show as in the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion. They had to move her fast.”
I can’t believe they had “multiple” back-and-forth calls about that- LOL. If you behave a certain way in a public setting, then you have to be prepared for people to call you on it ;). Tim added:
She’s a history revisionist, in her mind it never happened basically.”
As you can see, Tim doesn’t mince words when it comes to Anna.
Tim also didn’t have very flattering things to say about ‘Vogue’ as a publication, either.
May I say this though, there is so much that happens at that unique publication that is so of another world and another planet, I’m happy to have a bad relationship with it because I wouldn’t want to have a good one.”
Well, now, tell us how you really feel, Tim! He also recounted another incident of Anna allegedly behaving badly on a plane.
So she [the flight attendant] went over and this man next to Anna Wintour, she was seated at the window and he was at the aisle, rose as she rose her own hand up as a gesture of, this is now an international incident, and the man said to her, ‘You have to go away Miss.’
“So she wouldn’t even allow her to lean and say, ‘Ms. Wintour it’s so lovely to have you on the plane.’ I don’t understand it.”
I have to say, I don’t understand that, either. Why not just graciously accept the compliment? Well, to each her own, I guess. When Meredith asked if Tim was interested in moving past this and getting onto better terms with the ‘Vogue’ editor, his reply was as forthright and candid as everything else he said:
Alrighty, then! Here are a couple of clips from Tim’s appearance on ‘The Meredith Vieira Show.’