What have you been up to since your time on ''Project Runway''?
I launched my line, MILA, debuting with the Spring/Summer 2011 collection during LA Fashion Week. Since then I'm in a couple of stores in Los Angeles and working on more. I've still been working in TV and film as a costumer, on projects such as Tim Burton's ''Dark Shadows'' and ''Glee.'' I also designed the costumes for an independent film right before I went to New York to start filming ''All Stars.''
What garment from your season of ''Runway'' do fans compliment you on the most to this day?
It's a tie between the dress I created out of burlap, the ''tuxedo'' cocoon coat for the Met challenge (which I won), and the black and white plastic dress from the hardware store challenge.
What do you think you are best remembered for from your season?
My use of black + white, and color blocking, for sure!
What celebrities would you love to dress?
Cate Blanchett, Florence Welch, Tilda Swinton, Halle Berry.
What are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career? Any weaknesses you're still working on?
I feel I have maintained my point of view as a designer, but also been able to change things up enough to keep people intrigued. From a design standpoint, I do graphic and geometric better than most — that's my signature!
How has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all?
If anything, I have been using softer fabrics and experimenting with a little drape, especially for spring, when I think women like to wear easier-fitting clothing. But the signature elements of my work are still there. Contrary to what people saw on the show, my collections are not void of color, either! I use color in very specific ways — and you will see more of it from me!
What are your favorite pieces and staple items in your closet?
My MILA leggings, a Theyskens. Theory blazer, Helmut Lang sweater coat, Margiela boots. I can.t have enough silk or cotton tank tops/tunics, cozy oversized cardigans in the fall, and scarves. I wear more scarves here in California than I ever did in New York! The lightweight woven cashmere ones from Club Monaco are my favorite; I never travel without one.
Which fashion rule do you think is begging to be broken?
No white after Labor Day; black and white are timeless and seasonless!
How do you choose what to pack for "All Stars"?
I chose staple items that I feel best in, and that could be mixed and matched (Mila ''Garanimals''!). Let's face it, I always feel most comfortable in black (and it is most slimming)! It was summer when we shot it, though, and I felt like I wanted to look put together yet also be comfortable, which is essential for those long days in the workroom and shooting; nothing too fussy. And I always had my Havaianas flip-flops or TOMS standing by for the workroom!
After being on the show, what ''Project Runway'' challenges do you think are the best and worst of all time?
Some of the worst challenges, in my opinion, were from Season 9: dressing the stilt walkers, and the pet store challenge. One of the best had to be the Barbie challenge. Who doesn't want to make an outfit for Barbie?? I made clothes for my Barbie when I was a little girl.
Who is your favorite fellow ''Project Runway'' designer from any season, including yours, and why?
I don't really have a favorite, but it's been nice to meet some of the designers from other seasons either at events or randomly. I haven't met Daniel V. yet, but always thought he should have won his season.
What goes through your head when you see yourself on television?
Eek! It's hard watching myself sometimes. I'm usually dissecting my outfit, hairstyle, makeup, etc... thinking how to improve upon them. I'm definitely my own worst critic!
What is the one thing fans would be surprised to find out about you?
That I'm actually super nice when you get to know me. :)
What makes you All-Star material?
I am true to my point of view. I'm memorable. I'm resilient. I'm determined to succeed.