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February 15, 2007
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I'm all for expanding your horizons, but it certainly will be interesting to see how Tim Gunn (pictured) micromanages his time in the next several months.

It's all over the TV/fashion news that Gunn, best known for his mentoring talents on Bravo's "Project Runway" and also his years-long position as a department chair at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, is taking on not one, but two huge assignments:

This week, it was announced that Gunn has signed a fat pact to be the new chief creative officer of clothing giant Liz Claiborne. This means he'll be the head honcho in terms of design for labels such as Kate Spade, Lucky Brand and DKNY jeans and Juicy Couture, which certainly could use a boost from its velour-hoodie image.

And, just last month, Bravo revealed that Gunn also signed a deal with the network for a new TV series titled "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style," which is based on an upcoming book he's written for, according to Bravo, "the fashion-weary." Bravo seems hesitant to reveal when this new show will air or what Gunn's exact role will be on the upcoming (we hope) Season 4 of the wildly popular "Project Runway."

According to Variety.com, Gunn hasn't yet officially signed up for "Runway." The Web site adds that the Claiborne announcement "is fueling speculation that his departure from Parsons might impact his role on the show."

I'm thinking it would be difficult for such a vivacious man as Gunn to give up any of his assignments and would likely try to keep some type of relationship with Parsons, which, obviously, has a connection to "Runway." Gunn joined Parsons in 1982, and was named department chair in 2000.

Of course, he'll be great for Liz Claiborne as far as his keen insight into fashion. He'll be a terrific host for a new show on style. But, I just can't see anyone else assuming the "mentor" role on "Project Runway."

Let's just hope there are enough hours in the day for the duties.

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