Bring us up to speed!
Since Season 8 I have been producing a line of tennis wear, which morphs into day wear with a change of shoes. I also have been dabbling in stretch sequin cocktail attire, under the name Peach Carr Designs. My line is carried in boutiques around the country and in my online shop. I also have been showing my collections in many cities, as well as traveling for speaking engagements. A year ago I participated in a fashion show for the American Heart Association featuring survivors. My survivor was a nine-year-old, Sarah. I speak to her and her family regularly and I have become an honorary aunt.
What garment from your season of "Runway" do fans compliment you on the most?
I am most complimented on my dress from the group challenge: the "Military and Lace" dress. I will say that I was quite pleased with it.
What do you think you are best remembered for from your season?
I think that I am remembered for my one-liners ("good china"), for being kind, and definitely for my relationship with April...to this day we truly are best friends.
Who has been your favorite client to design for?
Alex McCord from the "RHONY" has one of my favorite gold-sequined cocktail dresses. She wore it to an event in NYC. Alex is beautiful, witty and very unafraid of taking fashion risks. Her body is amazing, so fitting her is a dream.
What celebrities would you love to dress?
My dream would be to dress Jennifer Hudson, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow. They all WERQ it; it would be an honor and a thrill to work with them. I also have a killer dress for Michelle Obama.
What are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career?
My strength would have to be my ability to design for women of all shapes and ages. My line can be worn easily by a size 2 as well as a size 14...without any fit issues. My weakness is DEFINITELY my inability to stick up for myself. I need to stay true to who I am as a designer and not compromise my style when someone gets in my face.
How has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all?
I have become more focused and have a strong sense of direction, and now celebrate my `60s-`70s aesthetic instead of explaining it. I never truly knew who I was as a designer before "Project Runway"...I have them to thank!
What are your favorite pieces/staple items in your closet?
Most days I do not leave the house without my combat boots, black (of course) cashmere sweaters and a skirt of my design. My riding boots are another must, as are my giant faux pearls.
Which fashion rule do you think is begging to be broken?
I think that most rules have sailed out the window. Fashion seems to be much more open these days to new ideas and perspectives, regardless of the "rules." No white after Labor Day? Gone. No mixing metallics? Gone.
How do you choose what to pack for "All Stars"?
I grabbed a suitcase, threw in all of my favorite black shirts, tights, combat boots and Peach Carr Designs skirts. The end. Oh...and a pile of reading glasses. The end.
What "Project Runway" challenges do you think are the best and worst of all time?
Any menswear challenge is cruel. The best challenge, I believe, was the Season 3 Paris Couture challenge....Paris AND a French fabric store? OMG!
Who is your favorite fellow .Project Runway. designer from any season?
I love so many of the designers: Mondo, Kayne, Uli, Laura Bennett, Nick Verreos, Jay McCarroll...but my FAVORITE would have to be my girl April. She is a great designer and an even greater friend. She is talented, honest, thoughtful, and more fun than a bag of monkeys. We truly bonded the minute we met.
What goes through your head when you see yourself on television?
OMG high definition television is unforgiving! Really, it freaks me out to see myself; I have never watched any episode more than once. Holy Smokes, do I look short. Really short.
What is the one thing fans still would be surprised to find out about you?
For the past 21 years I have been battling a rare immune system disease, for which there is no cure. I have had many major abdominal surgeries during this time, the most dangerous five years ago. I am here because of a dedicated team of surgeons, my husband Wayne and a boatload of answered prayers; I will always be grateful. This made my time on "Project Runway" a challenge (no pun intended) but also a victory in itself. There will always be another surgery...but maybe they can make me taller with the next one!