While political prognosticators read polls, "Project Runway's" Tim Gunn reads pantsuits. Or, in the case of Hillary Clinton, the lack of her usual boxy look.
"I know she hasn't formally declared," he told Whispers. "But when you look at how she's transformed in terms of her fashion and her grooming and her hair, I smell presidency," said Gunn, whose new show "Under the Gunn," a spin-off from the popular "Project Runway," debuts Thursday night on Lifetime.
Gunn, a native Washingtonian, has been keeping an eye on Clinton's style evolution for decades.
"I have to tell you, I've been rather critical of Mrs. Clinton's style and I have to say when she was in the White House I saw this tremendous ascension in style," he said. "She went from being frumpy to really quite dazzling."
But then, she entered politics, and things turned slightly downhill.
"When she was elected senator from New York I thought, OK, this is a license to go all the way in terms of fashion, but she seemed to retreat," he said. "And then as secretary of state, I thought, why does she keep wearing these boxy menswear tailored suits?"
But since leaving the State Department, Gunn said he's noticed an uptick in Clinton chic.
"Look at her now -- she's gone through quite a transformation again," he noted. "I'm always talking about the symbiotics of clothes -- clothes can send a message about how we're perceived and I think she's looking very presidential."