Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum Are Just as Unfashionable as You When They WFH

Their new show, which follows designers competing to create the next major fashion brand, debuted March 27 on Amazon Prime.

4/7/2020 2:00:00 AM

Their new show, which follows designers competing to create the next major fashion brand, debuted March 27 on Amazon Prime.

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum from Amazon Prime's newest reality fashion competition show, Making the Cut, spoke with Marie Claire about their work from home style.

ByApr 3, 2020Amazon Prime"That's not awful, that's practical," Tim Gunn assures in his trademark logical-meets-comforting tone, one that has made him America's fashionable mentor for more than 15 years.While it would be fitting to assume Gunn's words of encouragement were directed at a contestant on

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Making the Cut, the new Amazon Prime reality show he hosts, he was in fact consoling hisCutcohost, Heidi Klum, about her latest Amazon purchase: toilet paper.On any given day, Gunn and Klum—who cemented their partnership on Bravo'sProject Runway—might be on set, perhaps in Paris or Tokyo, wearing high-fashion emblematic of supermodels and television personalities.

But today, during this phone chat, the duo are in their respective homes, following stay-at-home orders issued due to the coronavirus pandemic. Their new show, which follows designers competing to create the next major fashion brand, debuted March 27 during a truly unique time in history: when a majority of the population are being their

leastfashionable selves while working from home. And that extends to Klum, who reveals that her current ensemble consists of a black Adidas tracksuit. Gunn, meanwhile, is in a turtleneck and—gasp!—jeans. It's an outfit that's both startlingly casual compared to his typical uniform of impeccably-tailored windowpane suits and much more put-together than the

athleisure 'fitsmost other Americans have adopted."You're wearing your jeans?" Klum questions, audibly astonished."I've only ever seen you in jeans when we were shopping for my husband. I don't think I've ever seen you otherwise [in jeans]."

Gunn, though, promises that he also often works from home in pajamas and his robe."I've talked to people who say if they get dressed as though they're going to work it instills in them a stronger sense of normalcy, but I disagree," Gunn says."It would make it feel stranger if I'm dressed for work but I'm not going to work. But people have different points of view."

While hisProject Runwaycatchphrase was"make it work," he, and Klum, have adopted a different motto for WFH fashion, and life, at the moment:"whatever it takes.""On Sunday, I stayed in pajamasallday," Klum adds."I'm definitely not a fashionista in my house right now. It's more

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How can I tackle everything?and that's what I'm wearing... I feel like there is no right or wrong, right now."But don't expect to see this laidback, anything-goes Klum onMaking the Cut—episode three sees the host calling out contestants for a

"matchy-matchy" collection, among other critiques.Her and the show's aim is for the 12 established designers to prove they can be the next global brand, worthy of a $1 million prize. If the show sounds likeProject Runway, that's because it basically is, buoyed by Amazon's wallet. (Look no further than the show jet-setting around fashion capitals of the world, employing seamstresses for contestants, or staging high-tech, beautiful runway shows at iconic tourist destinations as proof of the streaming service's deep pockets.) Gunn and Klum brought on

Project Runway'slongtime executive producer, Sara Rea, to helm this iteration.Tim Gunn advises one of the designers on his look.Jessica FordeAmazon PrimeBut there are some major differences. Their goal this time around was to make a show about fashion that was"relevant and real," Klum explains. To that end, each episode's winning outfit

becomes immediately shoppable on Amazon."It's not a sewing competition anymore," Klum adds."Ultimately, we want to find a great brand at the end of the day. We want to have an audience who, for the first time, if they want to, can buy the winning look. And for the designer to make money while they create clothes. The circle is finally full, and we've never had that before. That really was important for us."

Gunn says the motivation to focus on business savvy came from noticing how"volatile" the fashion industry currently is."How many brands did you write about [last year] that are even around? It's a frightening time." Read more: Marie Claire »

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