CAPITAL FASHION: Capitol Hill lawmakers and staffers got fashion tips and a lesson in “Fashion 101” from Tim Gunn of Liz Claiborne Inc. and “Project Runway” Wednesday night. Gunn was in town with the winner of “Project Runway” season five, designer Leanne Marshall, to meet with lawmakers and carry the flag for young designers and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, trying to garner support for a bill that would extend copyright protection to original designs for three years. Lawmakers also saw Gunn’s visit as an opportunity to glean a little fashion advice. Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Tex.) lined up his crew and asked Gunn to give each a one-line fashion critique.
“There’s been a fashion epiphany in Washington,” said Gunn. “It’s light years beyond what I saw here [two years ago], which made me want to run and scream.” He declared the “frump factor” gone and said the Obamas’ “sophistication and polished” style has put the word “fashion” back into people’s vocabularies.