Jesse LeNoir

OUT 03/04/2010

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Exit Interview: Episode 7

Designer exit interview: Episode 7. See which designer failed to impress the judges in the challenge to create...
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JESSE'S DESIGN IN EPISODE 7: Hard Wear
The designers must create an unconventional look using hardware materials. Guest Judge: Isabel Toledo and Stephen Webster. Aired March 4 at 10 pm et/pt
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  • QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: JESSE'S TAKE

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    What was the first garment you ever made?
    Pants of see-through cotton doubled in specific areas in the shape of flames to create a pattern.
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    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Florence + The Machine, Dirty Projectors, Regina Spektor, Phoenix, A Fine Frenzy and Radiohead.
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    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    I always had a unique sense of style, even before I saw it as an avenue of creativity.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Tomas Maier, Balenciaga, Dior, Hedi Slimane.
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    Current occupation?
    Actor and fashion designer for House of Kilroy.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Performed in Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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    What is a fashion must?
    Boots. Both men and women look amazing in a good pair of boots.
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    What is your design training?
    I am self-taught. I learned how to use a sewing machine while in college studying to be an actor.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    I use my tailoring background to make pieces that are well-fitted and beautifully constructed.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    I hate draping and fabrics that just hang haphazardly. It confounds my anal-retentive qualities.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    Balenciaga, Dior, military uniforms, and my fiancee, the woman I've always made clothes for.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    I love to work with wool, particularly for coats.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    A trim, hip-length all-season wool coat made with fabric that I got on a trip to Paris.
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    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Sketch, but as I work every piece tends to evolve as I go.
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    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Solids more often, because I'm usually creating a pattern in the way that I'm cutting the garment.
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    What are your favorite colors?
    Green and gray.
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Being looked at as an amateur.
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    Ed Hardy!!! Also, brown belts with black shoes.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    I was homeschooled, so I didn't know that wearing baseball pants to the mall was a bad thing.
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    Who are your favorite style icons?
    For myself, someone like Jude Law; female icons would be Natalie Portman and Audrey Hepburn.
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    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    A fabulous coat with a matching cocktail dress.
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Sienna Miller, Natalie Portman or Keira Knightley. I'd design a kick-ass separates look for them.
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    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Agyness Deyn, I love her personal style and her unique look.
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    What do you look for in a model?
    For me a model's face is really important, followed by her comfort on the runway.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    Already named it: House of Kilroy.
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    Acting. I already am.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    New York and Paris.
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    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    I would love to design uniforms for an airline, or just work as a designer in Paris.
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    Can you describe your family?
    There were six kids in our family, we moved a lot and for a long time we were all homeschooled.
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    Marriage or kids?
    Engaged. No kids.
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    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    I'm pretty laid-back and clean. I can be a little anal-retentive, not OCD but borderline.
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    I'm an actor so it depends where I'm working. One favorite: the Harp and Celt Irish Pub in Orlando.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Acting, painting, guitar, sports (baseball, football, tennis), going to theater shows.
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    What are your favorite movies?
    Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, Inglourious Basterds and anything dealing with WWII.
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    What are your favorite TV shows?
    Dexter, Weeds, Californication, Entourage, Project Runway, 30 Rock and The Soup.
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    Brave New World, Catcher in the Rye, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Clive Cussler books.
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    What are your favorite websites?
    Houseofkilroy.com and Pandora.com.
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    iPhone or BlackBerry?
    iPhone
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    I try to avoid fast food as much as possible.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    I cook a pretty good amount. It's much cheaper than eating takeout.
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    Favorite food?
    I love steak, and African Chicken, which is spiced with coconut milk and peppers.
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    Beer or wine?
    Beer (Stella Artois), but I do love a good glass of pinot noir sometimes.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    TV, probably, or sweets like ice cream or licorice.
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    When oil-change guys say I need whatever special treatment and guilt me for not buying it from them!
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    Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
    I liked Danny V's work, as well as Santino's and Jillian's.
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    Project Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season?
    The flower challenge from Season 2.
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?
    The drag queen challenge from Season 5.
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    Your take on team challenges?
    Shoot me in the face if I have to do one! They're chock-full of drama and fighting.
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    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    I tried for the hell of it, and when I got called back, I figured I'd keep coming back.

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