Does Nina Garcia have Project Runway pal Tim Gunn's back or not?
Runway judge Garcia offered her support to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, whom host Gunn claims was carried down five flights of stairs by bodyguards after a 2006 NYC fashion show.
"To be honest with you, I haven't seen Anna being carried," Garcia told UsMagazine.com at Monday's Carolina Herrera Spring 2011 fashion show at NYC's Lincoln Center. "I really have no comment about her being carried or not," she added of Gunn's charge, written in his new book.
Garcia, a Marie Claire editor, gushed on about the fashionista: "She's a brilliant woman who has done great things for fashion...I am a big admirer of her and think she's done great things for the business."
In his book Gunn's Golden Rules, Gunn writes that, at a Peter Som fashion show, he saw Wintour eschew the common-folk elevator to be "carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman's lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms."
Looking out the window, Gunn observed Wintour being "carried her to the car. And I thought: 'I will never forget this.'"
On Live with Regis and Kelly last week, Gunn claimed that Wintour went "ballistic" when she heard of his claims, and demanded he apologize and make a retraction.
Gunn didn't back down. "Accept responsibility for your own behavior," he said on the talk show. "If you're going to be carried down five flights of stairs, own up to it."