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Season 2 Q&A: Kayne Shares His Workroom Secrets
Sassy, lovable Season 3 contestant Kayne got the boot on last night's episode of "All Stars" after sending a poorly-received pair of houndstooth-and-leather suits down the runway. We chatted with the laid-back designer about how his previous work experience helped in the workroom, his favorites of the remaining designers, and what he really thought of his elimination. Check out his Q&A after the jump!
Q: What made you want to return?
Kayne: Well, you know, itâ€™s been since 2006 or 2007, back in the dark ages of â€œProject Runway," so for me a lot has happened with my business and a lot has changed with my design focus and the lines that I now design. I wanted another outlet to show the world what Johnathan Kayne is up to. When I was on the show last time there was no Twitter. Facebook wasnâ€™t an option unless you were in college. So a lot has happened even technology-wise. I wanted to show this new world what Johnathan Kayne is all about now.
Q: What was your favorite challenge?
Thatâ€™s a hard one. If weâ€™re talking about my favorite pieces that I made, it would have to be â€“ ironic! â€“ the two jackets I made last night. I hadnâ€™t made constructed suit jackets in a long time, so it was fun for me to do that, and to do it with matching up the patterns of the houndstooth. Thereâ€™s a lot that goes into design that people take for granted that you donâ€™t really see: The construction, the matching up of prints or a design. Honestly, last nightâ€™s jackets, even though I was eliminated, were one of my favorite challenges. And mixing houndstooth and leather I thought was kind of fun. And then the first garment I made, the beaded lace catsuit. That screams â€œJohnathan Kayne,â€ù so that was probably my other favorite.
Q: Do you think you should have gone home over Laura Kathleen? Was that the right decision?
Are you kidding? Absolutely not! I get it â€“ when I signed back up for the show, itâ€™s one of those things where you open yourself for public praise or humiliation. And I get that, Iâ€™m totally fine with that. My life is a joke anyway â€“ I love to laugh and make people laugh. But when it came down to the clothes, listening to the judgesâ€™ critiques I was worried. I was just like, â€œOkay, I could go home,â€ù but Iâ€™m thinking, â€œLaura Kathleenâ€™s fabric choices were bad, her construction was bad, and the design was bad.â€ù And they said that about all of them. And at least they raved about my construction on the jackets â€“ they just didnâ€™t like my color combo and my choice of fabrics on some of my garments. It is what it is, but short answer: No.
Q: How difficult was it to design for both a man and a woman, especially during the time frame of the challenge?
I take advantage of my fast sewing skills. My past has afforded me the opportunity to make a lot of garments for people. I used to have a retail store, so anyone who came in, whether they wanted a custom wedding dress, custom pageant gown, ballroom dance costume, I pretty much made it. Each year Iâ€™d make about 400 custom pieces, which is a lot. I learned a lot. Every time I made something, I learned something. It was a little harder [during the challenge] since I took on so much â€“ two tailored jackets! â€“ but Iâ€™m pretty good about using every minute of time that I have and knowing what I can do to make the quality great. It was a little harder with a male model because I donâ€™t do menswear, but my guy was pretty lanky and lean so it wasnâ€™t too hard to fit his body. It was all right. I definitely loved the womanâ€™s jacket more.
Q: Who do you think might win?
Iâ€™ll give you my favorites. Of course, Uli. We became pretty close on our season so Iâ€™ve known her for a lot longer. Honestly, Joshua McKinley and I became great, great friends. We actually are working together on a new line, a collaborative line that will launch in the fall of 2013. Itâ€™s all signed, set, delivered. Iâ€™ve basically hired him to be an additional designer with my company, but itâ€™ll be under his brand name; basically a small little cocktail and evening wear line, which will be fun. Anthony Ryan and I also became good friends. Heâ€™s such a sweetheart; just a good olâ€™ Southern boy, which is why we hit it off so well. Joshua, Anthony and myself roomed together in the penthouse, so we all became pretty close. I made some good friends this season, which is exciting.