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Melissa Fleis

Melissa Fleis

San Francisco, CA, Season 10 - Out Episode 3
  • Exit Interview: Episode 3
  • Runway Rewind: Episode 3
  • Zanna Roberts Rassi Critiques the All Stars: Episode 3
  • Runway Rewind: Episode 2
  • Zanna Roberts Rassi Critiques the All Stars: Episode 2
  • Elena and Melissa Reunion
  • Runway Rewind: Episode 1
  • Zanna Roberts Rassi Critiques the All Stars: Episode 1

Q&A Melissa's Take

QBring us up to speed! ASince "Project Runway," my primary focus has been starting my own brand. I first began by designing custom leather jackets and accessories for a select group of clients, which eventually led to the soft launch of my company through a fashion show at the NWBLK gallery, in San Francisco. A selection of my work is currently being exhibited and is available for sale through the gallery. I’ve also been trying to be as active as possible about participating in events such as the AICI at Bloomingdale's, speaking about fashion and education in schools, and attending a variety of fashion shows. Currently, I am working on my Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which will make its debut as part of Austin Pride on September 6!
QWhat garment from your season of "Runway" do fans compliment you on the most? AEveryone still loves my electric blue dress from the Marie Claire at work challenge!
QWhat do you think you are best remembered for from your season? AFrom what I’ve gathered, people seem to remember me as being "real." I’ve been told on a few occasions, "When you cried, I cried!" which is always funny to me. Most important, I love it when people remember me for my specific designs.
QWho has been your favorite client to design for? AClients are like children; you can’t have favorites (officially).
QWhat celebrities would you love to dress? ACara Delevingne, Liv Tyler, Claire Boucher, Miley Cyrus—all would look great in my clothes.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career? AI think some strengths of mine are having a definite voice and style. My work resonates well with both men and women, which I believe is a true gift. My weakness, hands down, is second-guessing myself.
QHow has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all? ASince it’s only been a year, my style hasn’t changed drastically. However, being a designer is a constant evolution.
QWhat are your favorite pieces/staple items in your closet? AUsually one of my hand-embroidered leather vests. Black, of course.
QWhich fashion rule do you think is begging to be broken? AAll of them. Who needs rules?
QHow do you choose what to pack for "All Stars"? AI don’t really put much thought into it. I just grab what I always wear. However, one important factor I do think about is shoes! You have to wear comfortable shoes when standing on your feet for that many hours!
QWhat "Project Runway" challenges do you think are the best and worst of all time? AThe best? Any challenge where they’re allowed to go Europe. The worst? Baby challenge from Season 10. Loved working with and designing for the mom and baby, but taking care of the electric baby was definitely a challenge.
QWho is your favorite fellow "Project Runway" designer from any season? AChristopher and Fabio from my season. They always make me laugh. They’re hysterical!
QWhat goes through your head when you see yourself on television? AI actually find it funny!
QWhat is the one thing fans still would be surprised to find out about you? AThat I only started sewing 5 years ago.
QWhat makes you All-Star material? AI feel that I represent a very distinct style, voice and viewpoint.