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Emily Payne

Emily Payne

Age 40, San Francisco, CA
  • Rewind: Episode 9
  • Working with Children
  • Rewind: Episode 8
  • Rewind: Episode 7
  • Rewind: Episode 6
  • Rewind: Episode 5
  • Red Carpet Trouble
  • Rewind: Episode 4
  • Rewind: Episode 3
  • Rewind: Episode 2
  • First Impressions
  • Rewind: Episode 1
  • Emily Payne's Closet Tour
  • Emily Payne's Home Visit
Q&A Emily's Take
QDescribe your family. AI'm married with a kid so my family is the three of us. We're very close, loving, very fashion/art-oriented. We like to hang out outdoors.
QCurrent occupation? ADesign my own line, leather tongue; sell to private clients; also work at Britex selling fabric.
QPast jobs? AHad my own line, Brick, 1998-2004. Worked for Kill City/Lip Service and other private label companies doing women's knit tops and dresses.
QPets? ADoggies! Bik Wu (Pekingese,) Billy (corgi/papillon).
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AI've been into it ever since I was a kid playing with fashion plates.
QFirst garment you ever made? AWhite faux fur vest and matching mini.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? ADallas Art Institute, Associate of Applies Arts in Fashion Design.
QStrengths as a designer? AGreat at sewing and draping. Great eye for fabric. Work well with others. Great personal style.
QWeaknesses as a designer? ASketching/flat pattern.
QWhat are your influences? AInfluenced by movies, fabric, great designers like Helmut Lang, Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Pam Hogg.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? ALove to listen to Crystal Castles radio on Pandora or Discovery radio.
QItem you're most proud of designing? ARight now it's my laminated wool cape.
QFavorite designer(s)? ARight now, Haider Ackermann/Chitose Abe.
QSketch or drape? ADrape! All my best ideas come to me while I'm draping.
QPatterns or solids? ABoth! I don't want to limit myself.
QFavorite colors? ABlues, all shades.
QBiggest fear as a designer? AThat I won't have the money to do it properly.
QFashion must? AAnything that goes with the hair.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? AMismatched prints.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? ABad fake fur in the '90s.
QFavorite style icon? AAlice Glass/Kate Moss.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AA beautiful knit day dress.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AAlice Glass -- post-apocalyptic outfit for the stage.
QFavorite supermodel muse? AKate Moss.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AAlready named it leather tongue.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AWorking with animals/children.
QDream place to set up your business? AHere in San Francisco, my home.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awww.leathertongue.net, leathertongue.etsy.com, devonrose.etsy.com
QHow were you described as a kid? AFunny, tomboy. Loved to draw.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? ASweet, edgy, funny.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AEasy. I'm totally laid back like that.
QFavorite hangout? APolk Street, by Vallejo - best fashion mag shop, best vintage/used designer shop, and Devon's favorite ice cream shop and playground.
QHobbies? ATaking pictures of Devon in clothes we designed together. Kickboxing.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"Cheri," "Anna Karenina" (the one with Keira Knightley), "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Ripper Street."
QFavorite books/authors? A"Fag Hag" by Robert Rodi. So funny and creepy.
QFavorite websites? AEtsy, Pandora, Facebook, Hel-looks.com
QYour Twitter handle: A@ilovedevonrose
QiPhone/Android/Blackberry? ANone. I don't like the phone, I borrow my husband's.
QFast food or gourmet? AFast food if it's In-N-Out. Gourmet besides.
QCooking or takeout? ATakeout for sure, unless Isaac is cooking.
QFavorite foods? ACheeseburger from In-N-Out, fondue from The Matterhorn.
QBeer or wine? AWine, red wine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AEating the whole package of Hostess white powdered sugar donettes.
QBiggest pet peeve? APeople who are inconsiderate of others.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AThis was the fourth time I've auditioned: Season 1, Season 7, Season 8.
QFavorite past PR designer? AKorto Momolu.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? ALevi's denim rework challenge.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AMaking clothing out of food/candy.
QYour take on team challenges: ANeither love nor hate. I can work well with others. Can they? I don't know.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AFeatures, size, personality, personal style.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes! I have the talent, drive, and the best motivation - Devon!