02/17/2015 03:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Advice To Young Designers For Their First Fashion Week Show, From Tim Gunn (VIDEO)

What advice would fashion therapist and author Tim Gunn, give to a young designer during their first fashion week show? Tim says, "Don't show at New York Fashion Week unless you have the ability and the resources to deliver the goods to retailers. Nothing is more disappointing than showing, having people excited about your work, and then not being ready!" Bottom line: Have a really good show, or don't do it. According to Tim, back in the 80s and early 90s the fashion industry would forgive you if you had a flop. Now, it doesn't forgive. With 243 designers showing at New York Fashion Week this week, there is no room for flops!

Get Tim's latest book, The Natty Professor: A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making It Work!

For more of Tim's expert fashion advice, view the slideshow below:

Tim Gunn's Essential Fashion Tips

marlo thomas

See more clips

Add Marlo On Facebook:

Follow Marlo on Twitter:


Weekly Newsletter

Sign up to receive my email newsletter each week - It will keep you up-to-date on upcoming articles, Mondays with Marlo guests, videos, and more!

Sign up here