Project Runway Season 14 (3rd Place)
Edmond’s charismatic personality and staunch determination led to his success in the industry and in the competition. After placing third on Season 14 of “Project Runway,” he has continued to work on his craft, creating easygoing, glamourous garments that any woman would be proud to wear.
As a former model, Edmond learned the importance of fit and he knows what looks good on a woman’s body. His relentless confidence might intimidate the other designers, but it will certainly take him far in the competition this time around, on “All Stars.”
CATCH UP WITH EDMOND:
Bring us up to speed! What have you been up to since your time on “Project Runway”?
Since “Project Runway,” my team and I have been continuing to build and expand the EDMOND NEWTON brand by creating commissioned pieces — everything from custom evening and bridal to red carpet gowns. In addition, I have consistently been working in the studio designing and creating sample garments, accessories and developing a secondary ready-to-wear collection. I have been extremely blessed to be able to travel the world since the show. A lot of my time has been spent gathering exciting new experiences that will be incorporated into my future collections. These adventures and life-changing experiences will also be shared in my book of memoirs that I have documented, and I am in the process of completing now. Getting to “Project Runway” was a long journey for me — ten years to be exact — and it was an emotional rollercoaster ride full of obstacles. I would not trade any of the challenges that I had to face in order to get there or once I got there because they only made me stronger. My story has been encouraging and motivational not only to those in the fashion world but beyond. What I have found to be the common thread in my interactions with my fans in my journey is that it has simply given them energy or a recharge in life!
What garment from your season of “Runway” do fans compliment you on the most to this day?
The garment that I have received the most compliments on from my season on “Runway” has to be the paper wedding dress that I created for the unconventional challenge. Brides-to-be have requested the actual dress made of Hallmark greeting cards to celebrate their special day.
What do you think you are best remembered for from your season?
I think that I am remembered the most from my season for my drive, passion, determination, and the luxurious collection that I created and showed at New York Fashion Week.
What are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career? Any weaknesses you’re still working on?
My strengths as a designer at this point in my career are that I have a very clear vision of my brand and where I see it. I have learned to completely respect “my” personal creative process as an artist and the unique power that it holds. The “temporary” weakness that I am still working on would be not having the financial backing. The daily operations of a fashion house are very expensive, especially for a luxury brand. Even for smaller design houses that are self-funded — the invoices add up quickly so there is a need to have capital in order to continue to grow.
How has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all?
I would say that my design aesthetic has not changed much since my time on the show. I have stayed consistent with the DNA of the woman that I design for. I will say that it has defiantly grown much stronger as she has evolved and become more powerful.
Who is your favorite fellow “Project Runway” designer from any season, including yours, and why?
My favorite fellow “Project Runway” designer from any season, I would have to say is defiantly Mychael Knight from season 3. RIP. Mychael was the first black male designer to make it on the show and to represent Atlanta. He was also the first alumni of the show to call me personally to welcome me to the “Project Runway” family.
What makes you all-star material?
I feel what makes me all-star material is the fact that my fans which I call my “EdLovers” want to see me back on TV. I receive numerous emails, messages and DMs on a regular both asking and telling me to go on “PR All Stars.” Beyond that fact, I also know that “Project Runway All Stars” is the next phase of my journey.