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Where Are They Now?: Nicholas D'Aurizio, Season 8

By CaitlinBergmann Fri., Jan. 21, 2011 ,2:31 pm EST

We caught up with Season 8 designer Nicholas D'Aurizio to get the latest update on what lead to his early exit, what he would have done differently and what's in store for him next.

What was your best design of the season?

I only had two designs. Even though I was booted with it, I stand by my second design. Sure, it could have been changed a little bit, but it was trend right for the season it was made for, color right, the fit was impeccable and it was really well made.

What was your worst design?

The first challenge. It was horrible. It fit well, but it is a total bridemaid dress. Only having five hours to complete it, I was astonished I even made a dress that fast, but it's a bit boring, as the judges told me.

If you could redo one design which would it be and what would you change?

The second. I would have made the top a full blouse, not such a high back and I'd ditch the cape. I stand by it, but I realize that if I had made these edits, I'd probably would have made it much farther on the show.

Who was your favorite guest judge and why?

Joanna Coles. Even though I wasn't part of most of the judging ceremonies, watching the show air, I think Joanna was the best. She knows what she is talking about and she gives really good critiques. The rest of the guest judges just werent too impressive to me.

What was the most difficult judging session for you?

The first one. I thought I was going home and I wasn't going to make it through. To just start the competition and be on the bottom was a horrible experience. It's odd, though. I appear to be on the verge of a heart attack on camera, but I really wasn't feeling that "horrible" inside. I was just nervous. It's a pretty surreal experience standing on that runway for the first time.

What was the most difficult judging session for you?

Upon leaving the show, I really was down and out. It was a hard adjustment to get back into the swing of "real" life again. I also left kinda feeling a bit like a failure and was pretty bitter about the whole experience. I now realize it doesn't matter how well I did. It matters that I made it on the show. Although I'm not gracing the pages of Marie Claire or having my clothes bought by major department stores like some of my fellow designers, I was part of the cast of Season 8 of "Project Runway." I need to be proud of that and realize the doors it has opened for me and that dreams do come true.

I'm currently working on my Fall 2011 collection that will be shown during Mercedes Benz Fashion week in February. I am also planning to launch a proper handbag collection with this collection. It should be a great show!