Under the Gunn: Review

Whooohooo! I am SO GLAD that someone FINALLY realized that
Tim Gunn needed his own show.
It’s about time don’t you think?
I watched the very first episode of the new series “Under
the Gunn” on the My Lifetime website on Friday. You can watch it there too, it’s
So initial thoughts:
Then – wait what?!
In the first few minutes of the show, we find out the some
of the previous Project Runway designers are mentoring OTHER designers. Kind of
weird right?
My thoughts went something like -> so they took the beloved
Tim Gunn, gave him his own show, and then pretty much copied what Fashion Star
does (with mentors and their small groups of designers). But wait – these “mentors”
have barely scratched the surface of world domination. They aren’t house hold
names like Jessica Simpson is.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Mondo Guerra’s style. But has he
really climbed the ladder of optimal glory where he can be leading others?
Maybe. Oh and don’t even get me started on the other two. I still don’t think
How is that even possible? I’m not sure how many girls were glued in,
but more than a few.  And Nick who?  I’m sure he is fabulous, and I just don’t know
yet, but who is he exactly?
But I digress.
On the more up and up beat, I like that the mentors also
have challenges. They don’t just sit around and critique.
Something I really appreciated about the show was that IF more
than one mentor picks a designer, it is up to the DESIGNER to decide which
group they want to be on. The designer can choose who they want to learn from.
That is something you don’t get to see every day, especially in these types of
I wish that they had all of the designers work at the same
time, and not spread it out over two episodes. What happens if the mentors are “holding
out” to see what NEXT week’s designers share, and they send all of this week’s designer’s
home and then next week is a complete bust?
By the end of the episode, I was overall fairly pleased in
the direction of the show. At the end of the day, there is no Nina Garcia to
stick her nose up at {every}things. It’s out of NYC. There is an emphasis on
learning and growing (via the mentor’s AND Tim Gunn).  I get a much better vibe from this show then
what I get watching Project Runway, and it’s refreshing.
And truthfully, I don’t know much about the mentor Nick. But
I’m kind of surprised so many designers turned him down given what they quoted
as his experience. I feel like I would have picked him first, had it been me up
I’m looking forward to next week. I’m curious to see what
the next set of designers have to share and offer.

Have you watched the show? What are your thoughts on it? Will
you watch it?

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  1. I think Nick actually was on the season of PR with Santino Rice…maybe season 2 or 3, I think. I loved a lot of his looks. I want to say he won that season, too!

    1. OHHHH that is right! Oh wow, that seems like forever ago! I'll have to see if I can dig up that season online somewhere and re watch it. I'd be curious to see what he made. Thanks Ali! Are you going to be keeping up with the series?

    1. Oh go watch it on their site right now! It streams for free (minus a small portion of your life spent on THE SAME COMMERICALS!). I love Tim too 🙂 I have not, but I've been actually tempted to look into them lately. Have you read them?

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