Tu Suthiwat Nakchat
Q: Describe your family.
Q: Past jobs?
A: Assistant designer, and I have worked in all the positions in a restaurant, from dishwasher to server to cook.
A: Tu, because every Thai has a nickname that your family give you when you were born and they usually carry with them all their lives.
Q: When did you realize you had designer potential?
A: Since I was little.
Q: First garment you ever made?
A: Yellow flower-print A-line skirt in sewing class at Parsons.
Q: What's your design training/schooling, etc.?
A: Parsons the New School for Design with an AAS in fashion studies. Paris American Academy with a B.A. in fashion design (Haute Couture Technique).
Q: Strengths as a designer?
A: I.m trying to push fashion forward and willing to take a risk.
Q: Weaknesses as a designer?
A: I don't really like ironing and time management.
Q: What are your influences?
A: Since I love art, most of my design philosophy collaborates with sculpture, architecture and historic paintings. I use these inspirations to create new looks, shapes, fabrication, volume and prints.
Q: What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?
A: Utada Hikaru, Misia, BoA, Namie Amuro, Bo Sunita, Christina Aguilar, Vanessa Mae, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Daddy Yankee
Q: Favorite material or fabric to work with?
A: Wool, cotton, and cotton sateen
Q: Favorite designer(s)?
A: Cristobal Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Miuccia Prada, A.F. Vandevorst, Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni), Rick Owen, Viktor & Rolf, Stefano Pilati (YSL).
Q: Sketch or drape?
Q: Patterns or solids?
Q: Favorite colors?
A: Black, white and gray.
Q: Biggest fear as a designer?
A: Not being understood.
Q: Fashion must?
A: Be who you are.
Q: Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?
A: Super-duper-tight leggings which showed off the camel toe in public areas.
Q: Favorite style icon?
A: Queen Sirikit, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga.
Q: What would you design for the first lady?
A: Hand- embroidered dress.
Q: Celebrity you wish you could design for?
A: Kristen Stewart. A cool skirt with a structured top.
Q: Favorite supermodel muse?
A: Mariacarla Boscono, Carmen Kass, Karmen Pedaru, Natalia Vodianova, Suvi Koponen, Feifei Sun, Ai Tominaga, Si Tanwiboon.
Q: If you had to name your label, you'd call it...
Q: If you weren't designing, you'd be...
A: Fashion stylist, architect, restaurateur.
Q: Places/cultures you wish you could design for?
A: Slavic culture, South American tribes.
Q: Dream place to set up your business?
A: New York, Bangkok, Tokyo.
Q: How were you described as a kid?
A: Stubborn, friendly, loud, curious, sincere.
Q: Websites that feature your work?
A: www.tuera.net, www.facebook.com/pages/tuera/471853612833572?ref=hl
Q: How are you described by your family and friends?
A: Always unexpected.
Q: Why do you think you're easy to live with?
A: I'm a bit messy and unorganized.
Q: Favorite hangout?
A: Kinokuniya Bookstore, Samed Island.
A: Dancing, traveling, eating and meditating.
Q: Favorite movies and TV shows?
A: "Sailor Moon," "Legally Blonde," "My Sassy Girl" and all Hayao Miyazaki films. Dae Jang Geum.
Q: Favorite books/authors?
A: "Crayon Shin-chan," "GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka"
Q: Favorite websites?
A: Style.com, Facebook, YouTube, Mthai.com, Sanook.com, Google
Q: Your Twitter handle?
Q: Fast food or gourmet?
Q: Cooking or takeout?
Q: Favorite foods?
A: Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, French.
Q: Beer or wine?
Q: Guiltiest pleasure?
A: Internet addiction.
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: Unfairness and bias.
Q: How did you end up auditioning for PR?
A: After I quit my job in Bangkok like a week, I found out about audition through website. I submitted my application from Thailand ASAP and made it to the semi-finalist level. So, I decided to return to the U.S.
Q: Favorite past PR designer?
A: Leanne Marshall, Andy South, Elena Slivnyak.
Q: Challenge you wish they'd bring back?
Q: Your take on team challenges:
A: It really depends on the team.
Q: What do you look for in a model?
A: I can't tell until I see her in person or at least her modeling portfolio.
Q: Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?
A: Yes!! Why not?