Ethel Travis knows fashion.
The 96-year-old was a dress designer in Chicago for 15 years before retiring in Newport Beach. She and hundreds of others went to Fashion Island on Saturday to get up-close and personal with fashionisto Tim Gunn as he presented spring looks from Lucky Brand, Kate Spade and Juicy Couture.
While some in the question-and-answer session asked Gunn how to dress up jeans (with a blazer) and who can pull off a calf-length skirt (no one), Travis just told the "Project Runway" host how much she adores him. She applauded him for celebrating femininity in women's fashion and encouraging young people not to show too much skin.
"He knows how to teach the young people how to dress," she said. "A lot of them don't know how to dress themselves."
Travis was just one of the fans who filled the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale's Courtyard on Saturday afternoon for a chance to see Gunn, who is also Liz Claiborne's chief creative officer.