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Age 33, New York, NY - Out Episode 4
QDescribe your family. AI have an amazing family. I grew up with my grandparents, my mom, two uncles and two cousins.
QCurrent occupation? AFashion designer.
QPast jobs? AArchitect.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? ASince I can remember it has been my dream.
QFirst garment you ever made? AA skirt for my grandmother. I was 14 years old.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AAltos De Chavon Dominican Republic, Parsons The New School for Design.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AAwarded a full scholarship to study at Parsons The New School for Design. Silver Thimble Award for menswear before my junior year.
QStrengths as a designer? AI am able to process and design from the sketch to final pieces.
QWeaknesses as a designer? ASometimes it is hard for me choose one single idea. Too many ideas at the same time.
QWhat are your influences? AI like to employ visions of modern art and innovative forms of architecture in everything I create.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AUsually opera or electronic music or some bubbha bar and rock.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AJersey and leather.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AWhen I presented in Mercedes Benz fashion week for first time.
QFavorite designer(s)? AMadame Gres, Cristobal Balenciaga, Alaia, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld.
QSketch or drape? ABoth.
QPatterns or solids? ASolids.
QFavorite colors? ABlack and dark blue.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANo to be able to continue doing what I love: designing.
QFashion must? AAlways a perfect-fitting black dress.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ANeon colors in clothing because it doesn't work for everyone.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? ABlack and white striped pants.
QFavorite style icon? AGrace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Sarah Jessica Parker.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AAn amazing cocktail dress or gown that expresses her unique style.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AAngelina Jolie. It would depend where she is going but I would like to create an amazing gown in leather and beading for her.
QFavorite supermodel muse? ARosa Gough, Rose Cordero, Naomi Campbell, Giselle Bundchen and Heidi Klum.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AI have one. Hernan Lander LLC.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AAn architect.
QDream place to set up your business? ANew York City.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awww.hernanlander.com
QHow were you described as a kid? AVery shy and bashful.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AVery friendly and loving.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AVery kind and easygoing.
QFavorite hangout? AI have a lot favorite hangouts but some of my favorite are in uptown New York City. Very friendly and easy-going people and I feel like I am living in Dominican Republic.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Sex and the City", "Orange Is the New Black," "Queer As Folk," "Cosmos," "Smash," "Once Upon A Time" and "Project Runway."
QFavorite websites? AStyle.com, Vogue.com, Net-a-porter.com
QYour Twitter handle: A@hernanlander
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ATakeout.
QFavorite foods? ASancocho dominicano and Dominican food.
QBeer or wine? ABeer.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AChocolate.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AAmazing from the first one.
QFavorite past PR designer? ADmitry Scholokhov.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AThe unusual materials.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AWork with plus-size models because it will be a little be hard to make in a short time.
QYour take on team challenges: AIt depends who is on my team, but I prefer not to work in a team because it is a competition.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AHeight is very important for me and I prefer short hair.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes, because I have a unique style and the experience to win in the competition.