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Age 41, Barryville, NY - Out Episode 3
QBring us up to speed! ASince "Project Runway" Season 5 I have launched the SUEDEsays. brand, which is available worldwide and in over 3,000 stores in the United States. We offer fresh, modern, affordable solutions to the home fashionista and craftista. SUEDEsays. works with Simplicity Creative Group, who turns our women.s, men.s, children.s and accessory designs into paper patterns for the home sewer. Within in each pattern pack we offer different looks so the consumer can pick the style that represents who they are. Our patterns are available anywhere you can pick up Simplicity products. In July of 2012, we launched our first-ever SUEDEsays. line of fabrics, and they have been a huge success. Just in time for the Holiday 2012 season, we will be launching a line of "Special Occasion/Prom" fabrics, which will be exclusively available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
QWhat garment from your season of "Runway" do fans compliment you on the most? AWithout a doubt it was the winning dress from the "Green Challenge" with guest judge Natalie Portman. A production run of the dress was sold on Bluefly.com and sold out in less than one hour. All very exciting and humbling . SUEDEsays. MANY THANKS!!
QWhat do you think you are best remembered for from your season? APeople most remember the dress above, my designing modern yet wearable clothes, speaking in third person, and having fun colorful hair.
QWho has been your favorite client to design for? AWe love designing for and dressing the "everyday client." Nothing is more satisfying than running into someone ROCK.n it in SUEDEsays.
QWhat celebrities would you love to dress? ASuede would love to go back in time and work with Gloria Swanson on "Sunset Boulevard," and Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." In the modern day, Suede would love a "P!nk meets GAGA" challenge.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career? AStrengths = designing garments that appeal to a broad range of customers. Weakness = trying to please everyone and working hard to shut out the negative static in life.
QHow has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all? ASuede is much more focused as a designer now. While preparing the answers to these questions and pulling photos of "Project Runway" 5 NY Fashion Week garments to what I produce today night and day. "Project Runway" has helped focus my life in so many aspects, both professionally and personally. SUEDEsays. MANYthanks!!!
QWhat are your favorite pieces/staple items in your closet? AWell Suede is a HUGE fan of the fall season and layering pieces. Now that its getting a bit cooler at night I love pulling out my favorite hoodies and layering a fitted crop jacket over them . of course leaving the hood out. Fashion is such an evolution changing with the times and exploring our own fashion sense is so imperative, so what.s in today may be out tomorrow. Just keep on exploring kittens!
QWhich fashion rule do you think is begging to be broken? AI'm pretty sure they have all been broken at one time or another.as mentioned above, fashion is an evolution, people should always explore and feel comfortable trying new things. SUEDEsays. break the rules and have fun doing it!
QHow do you choose what to pack for "All Stars"? AYou don't choose, you bring it all and wardrobe each evening before you collapse in a pile of exhaustion.
QWhat "Project Runway" challenges do you think are the best and worst of all time? AWOW. that's a tough one. I think each challenge has its own appeal, and there have been so many amazing ones: car-part garments, having your model pick your fabrics/trims/notions, candy garments, "create your own print," I could go on. Fans always talk about how much they love the nontraditional challenges. The worst? Hmmm...I guess those would be the ones that get your favorite designer eliminated.
QWho is your favorite fellow "Project Runway" designer from any season? AWell first off, I have to give EVERY DESIGNER who has ever been on "Runway" props. It takes so much talent and courage to put oneself out there in front of the public and try to make it work on TV. I've made some amazing friends, like Joshua McKinley, Wendy Pepper, Leanne Marshall, Korto Momolu, Jack Mackenroth, Christopher Straub. My list could go on, but all the designers who have graced our screen on "Project Runway." ROCKon!!! CONGRATS 2 u ALL and MUCH LOVE!!!
QWhat goes through your head when you see yourself on television? AWe are all super critical of ourselves.we work in fashion, for god sakes. I often don't watch myself on TV. Believe me, we hear it all from the fans!
QWhat is the one thing fans still would be surprised to find out about you? APeople would be shocked to know that I am a classically trained cellist and pianist. The icing on the cake is I went to Amish School as a kid. SUEDEsays. TOTALLY SHOCKAkhan.
QWhat makes you "All Star" material? AFrom the SUEDEsays. Endowed Critics Scholarship Award at Kent State University, providing affordable fashion and crafting solutions, making an impact on Season 5 of "Project Runway," the successful launch of many brands including SUEDEsays., giving inspiration to a whole new generation of talent... I am blessed to say I have "made it work" many times. Being an All Star is a state of mind, and Suede asks you each to channel your inner All Star and ROCKon!