KUSA - For America's well-dressed, there's no better fashion expert than Tim Gunn. And now he's back with a new fashion competition series on Lifetime, called "Project Runway: Under the Gunn."
The series features Gunn guiding three fan-favorite "Project Runway" alums to become mentors themselves to a crop of new designers.
Gunn helps Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee, and Nick Verreos coach and manage five aspiring designers apiece. After his initial critiques Gunn then leaves the designers to finish their garments, with the help of his mentors-in-training. For Gunn, it's all about trust.
"I'm there to guide, but I'm not there to give them solutions," he said. "One of my refrains is 'I can't want you to succeed more than you do.' I pummel people with questions. I make them reach inside, explore as much as they can of themselves. When they come back with 'What do you think I should do?' Well, what do YOU think you should do? And generally, they resolve it themselves."
Gunn hopes the show will help generate innovative, fresh work for a fashion industry he believes is in desperate need of new approaches.
His overall advice for anyone wanting to become a bit more stylish?
"I definitely think it can be learned, and I think it can be done on a budget," Gunn said. "I always cite three areas that need to be in harmony and balance: silhouette, proportion and fit. You'll look great no matter what size or shape you are, and no matter what your taste happens to be as long as all of those things are in balance."