• Alexander Knox from Project Runway Season 13
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  • Char Glover from Project Runway Season 13
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  • Emmanuel Tobias from Project Runway Season 13
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  • Hernan Lander from Project Runway Season 13
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  • Korina Emmerich from Project Runway Season 13
  • Kristine Guico from Project Runway Season 13
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Hernan Lander

33, New York, NY

Describe your family.

I have an amazing family. I grew up with my grandparents, my mom, two uncles and two cousins.

Current occupation?

Fashion designer.

Past jobs?




When did you realize you had designer potential?

Since I can remember it has been my dream.

First garment you ever made?

A skirt for my grandmother. I was 14 years old.

What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

Altos De Chavon Dominican Republic, Parsons The New School for Design.

Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

Awarded a full scholarship to study at Parsons The New School for Design. Silver Thimble Award for menswear before my junior year.

Strengths as a designer?

I am able to process and design from the sketch to final pieces.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Sometimes it is hard for me choose one single idea. Too many ideas at the same time.

What are your influences?

I like to employ visions of modern art and innovative forms of architecture in everything I create.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

Usually opera or electronic music or some bubbha bar and rock.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

Jersey and leather.

Item you're most proud of designing?

When I presented in Mercedes Benz fashion week for first time.

Favorite designer(s)?

Madame Gres, Cristobal Balenciaga, Alaia, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld.

Sketch or drape?


Patterns or solids?


Favorite colors?

Black and dark blue.

Biggest fear as a designer?

No to be able to continue doing what I love: designing.

Fashion must?

Always a perfect-fitting black dress.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Neon colors in clothing because it doesn't work for everyone.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

Black and white striped pants.

Favorite style icon?

Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Sarah Jessica Parker.

What would you design for the First Lady?

An amazing cocktail dress or gown that expresses her unique style.

Celebrity you wish you could design for?

Angelina Jolie. It would depend where she is going but I would like to create an amazing gown in leather and beading for her.

Favorite supermodel muse?

Rosa Gough, Rose Cordero, Naomi Campbell, Giselle Bundchen and Heidi Klum.

If you had to name your label, you'd call it...

I have one. Hernan Lander LLC.

If you weren't designing, you'd be...

An architect.

Dream place to set up your business?

New York City.

Websites that feature your work?


How were you described as a kid?

Very shy and bashful.

How are you described by your family and friends?

Very friendly and loving.

Why do you think you're easy to live with?

Very kind and easygoing.

Favorite hangout?

I 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.



Favorite movies and TV shows?

"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."

Favorite websites?

Style.com, Vogue.com, Net-a-porter.com

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Fast food or gourmet?


Cooking or takeout?


Favorite foods?

Sancocho dominicano and Dominican food.

Beer or wine?


Guiltiest pleasure?


How did you end up auditioning for PR?

Amazing from the first one.

Favorite past PR designer? 

Dmitry Scholokhov.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

The unusual materials.

Challenge you hope they don't?

Work with plus-size models because it will be a little be hard to make in a short time.

Your take on team challenges:

It depends who is on my team, but I prefer not to work in a team because it is a competition.

What do you look for in a model?

Height is very important for me and I prefer short hair.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Yes, because I have a unique style and the experience to win in the competition.