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Age 26, Brooklyn, NY - Out Episode 5
QDescribe your family. AImmediate -- just my mom and dad -- but my cousins and I are very close, we all talk everyday. Also, growing up, our house was very full; my younger cousin lived with me since he was born along with his mom (mom’s sister) and my grandma and grandpa along with my mom and dad.
QCurrent occupation? ADesigner.
QPast jobs? AAssociate designer, stylist, production assistant, and retail associate.
QPets? ANot at the moment. My dog Nick, a cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle mix) passed away two years ago.
QNicknames? APanda, which I don’t really like but I’m used to. In college my friend Photoshopped a photo of me with a panda and it just took off from there.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AI’ve always wanted to design clothes since I was little. I started as early as I can remember. Four years old. I would chop up my Barbie’s clothes, dye things, embroider things. Instead of silent reading time, I would hide in the coat racks and sketch complete outfits. It was just always a part of me.
QFirst garment you ever made? AThis is tough. I remember hand sewing when I was little before I knew machines existed. What I can remember: a custom pajama set designed and fit for myself for my birthday slumber party.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AStarted sewing classes when I was eleven years old, then in middle school and high school I took sewing classes in school and as well in extra-curricular sewing clubs. Then I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with my BFA in fashion design.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AI have not won awards, but have had work featured in print.
QStrengths as a designer? AThinking about what’s on trend, knowing where the market is going, thinking out of the box and being original yet still relatable. Knowledge of good quality construction. I also worked in the industry so knowing what is feasible and what can actually be executed from inception to production.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AI can push and design things that are not ready for the general masses and can be too fashion forward to make a profit and meet sales goals. Also, I am interested in so many things that it’s hard to edit or sometimes be cohesive.
QWhat are your influences? AIn the past, especially when I was young, I was stubborn and refused to look at fashion magazines a lot or be influenced by what was going on in the industry, because I did not want my work to resemble anyone else’s and know that my work came from my own vision. But now out of my young teen angsty stage, I am aware that is crucial to be aware of your colleagues and be knowledgeable of the industry on a business and creative level and all aspects.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AAnything from hip-hop to Taylor Swift. Not country though.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ALeather, neoprene, vinyl and organza.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AMy current collection, although it is small and came from a lot of limitations financially, I think the quality is strong and it captures my ideas. With that said, it has caught well-respected attention with barely any press. So I feel proud that people appreciate my work even though I am still on the down low.
QFavorite designer(s)? AKenzo, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Jen Kao.
QSketch or drape? ASketch.
QFavorite colors? ABlack, white, and red. Also pastel pink and baby blue.
QBiggest fear as a designer? AMy name/brand not being respected or taken seriously.
QFashion must? ADesign from your heart. Fashion as a style: Wear what you are confident about and what expresses your true self.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? AThose Lita platform heels and newsboy caps.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AFLATS. They are not flattering
QFavorite style icon? ASolange Knowles, MIA and Gwen Stefani.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AA dress and coat or chic pant suit.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AMIA. Something funky yet chic, ready yet relaxed, and functional for her up-and-go kind of lifestyle.
QFavorite supermodel muse? ACara Delevigne or Daphne Groeneveld.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AFor now, my name, Kristine Guico. But my entire life I’ve been waiting for a name/word to encompass it all. I have some ideas in my head, but not 100%.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AI would love to do costume restoration. I wish I was super smart and could be a scientist.
QDream place to set up your business? AA modern architectural studio in the woods, but that would not be realistic.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awww.kristineguico.com, www.kristine-guico.tumblr.com, www.shopyounglove.com, www.society6.com/kristineguico
QHow were you described as a kid? AVery hyper.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? ASuper chill, funny, big heart, non-judgmental, bubbly, independent.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI’m easy to live with because I am super chill, if i like you. I am also very clean and considerate. I seem to think I give a mother authority kind of vibe. I can be not easy to live with cause sometimes I can be moody and seclude myself when I want to be alone, or just moody at a drop of a hat.
QFavorite hangout? AAt home or friend/family’s house, or somewhere outdoors, whether it be a park or eating outside.
QHobbies? ADiscovering new places or visiting new art exhibits, hanging out with friends, seeing movies. I love to do outdoor things.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? AMovies: “Clueless,” “Science of Sleep,” any cheesy rom-com, “I Am Love,” “American Beauty,” and tons of documentaries. TV Shows: “Friends,” “The Cosmos,” “Love It or List It,” “Millionaire Matchmaker.”
QFavorite books/authors? A“Norwegian Wood,” “The Alchemist,” “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.”
QFavorite websites? ADazeddigital.com; tumblr; WGSN; Design-Milk; NYMag The Cut; Refinery29
QFast food or gourmet? AIn the middle. I haven't experienced too much gourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ADepends on how I am feeling, but usually cooking. But out of convenience, eating out.
QFavorite foods? APizza, Filipino food, pineapple.
QBeer or wine? ABeer.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ARom-coms or dating shows or binge watching on Netflix.
QBiggest pet peeve? AWhen I let you borrow something and you do not return it properly, or if you leave your used and pots and plates out and “forget” they’re yours.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AI never considered it up until now, but my mom always suggested it to me but then gave up suggesting. But as of late with some life changes, I decided to be open-minded and gave it a chance and went to open-call on a whim and just rolled with the punches and now I’m here.
QFavorite past PR designer? AI haven’t followed many seasons to say I strongly feel for someone. I do admire Christian Siriano’s great success.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? ATraveling to an international city and drawing inspiration from there.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AUnconventional models. Only reason is because I do not have enough experience to drape and execute on such a short time. I would like to make sure the client felt good in it so time would be an extreme challenge.
QYour take on team challenges: AI did watch a marathon of the team season- and I actually liked it. It’s a good way to incorporate teamwork and support yet with the adding the real life factor of having to collaborate with different visions and personalities.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AA certain vibe and look to be able to convey the emotion of the collection. All physical features are important -- most important are her height and body -- and clothes must fit her well. Be consistent in weight, and her face.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AOf course I think I can win, why else would I be here? I think I have the taste and a vision that is only in the start of its great beginnings, yet I also have a knowledge of what is realistic for execution for the real world.