Kristin Haskins Simms

OUT 08/19/2010

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KRISTIN'S DESIGN IN EPISODE 4: "Hats Off to You"
The designers must design an outfit inspired by a Philip Treacy hat. Guest Judge: Philip Treacy. Aired August 19.
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  • QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: KRISTIN'S TAKE

    1 of 52 questions
    What was the first garment you ever made?
    The T-shirt jacket.
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    2 of 52 questions
    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Zero 7, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Silversun Pickups, Tool, Jill Scott, The Roots, old-school hip-hop.
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    3 of 52 questions
    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    After I showed a collection at Philadelphia Fashion Week and got great feedback and response.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garcons, Ann Demeuelemeester, Rick Owens, Oscar De La Renta, Chloe.
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    Current occupation?
    Apparel designer, freelance graphic designer and adjunct professor in graphic design.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Graphic designer, adjunct professor, pensions and annuities consultant, receptionist, assistant.
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    What is a fashion must?
    Creativity and defining your own individual style without mimicking others.
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    What is your design training?
    I was trained as a graphic designer at RISD (MFA '00), but for fashion, I have no formal training.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    Experimentation, draping and knowing how to break the rules, yet make a wearable garment.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    Patternmaking and sketching concrete ideas.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    Pieces my grandmother made, nature, period costumes and military uniforms.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    I generally like natural and organic fabrics (cottons, hemp) and knits.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    A sophisticated rain jacket and rain scarf.
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    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Draping.
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    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Solids.
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    What are your favorite colors?
    Orange (not to design with, just my favorite color).
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Running out of ideas.
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    Clothes that just don't fit right or work with the shape that God gave you.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    When I was a freshman in college, a matching shorts set from Benetton.
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    20 of 52 questions
    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Audrey Hepburn.
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    21 of 52 questions
    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    I have 3 pieces for her: the Equestrian Blouse, an Origami Blouse, and a dress I can't describe.
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Zoe Saldana, Vanessa Williams, Penelope Cruz and Madonna.
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    23 of 52 questions
    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Iman.
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    What do you look for in a model?
    Height and athletic build but not with bulging muscles.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    strangefruit.
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    General contractor, landscape architect, writer/screenwriter, filmmaker/editor, animal trainer.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    NY and Philly (both), and London.
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    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    bestrangefruit.com, Daily Candy, urbanworld.co.uk/fashion, beyondrunway.com
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    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    Morocco and South Africa.
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    How were you described as a kid?
    I was shy until I was a teenager. I guess I was described as a creative, strange kid.
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    How are you described now?
    Crazy, loyal, creative, loving, silly, giving, considerate, supportive, smart, random.
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    Can you describe your family?
    Very giving, supportive and accepting people, rich in culture, values and education.
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    Marriage or kids?
    Married 2 years.
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    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    I always strive to be considerate and respectful of someone else's space, but I'm a night owl.
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    High Point Cafe, Cafe Ole, Amada (Spanish restaurant), the movies.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Gardening, rehabbing my MIL's house, reading, dragon boating, hiking, swimming laps, yoga.
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    37 of 52 questions
    What are your favorite movies?
    Almodovar films, The Godfather, The Hangover, The Secretary, As Good as It Gets, Rear Window.
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    38 of 52 questions
    What are your favorite TV shows?
    True Blood, Glee, V, Modern Family, Project Runway.
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    Books: I.m into memoirs now. Authors: Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Frank McCourt, Wally Lamb.
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    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
    iPhone.
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    Gourmet.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    Cooking.
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    Favorite food?
    Asparagus, salads, french fries, any type of fish and sushi, pasta, cheese.
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    Beer or wine?
    Wine.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    Chocolate ice cream with mango sorbet, finished with a good Riesling. Yummmmm.
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    Pretentiousness, jealousy, laziness and pettiness.
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    Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
    Christian, Santino, Andre, Korto, Alison, Seth Aaron, Jeffrey and Mila.
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    48 of 52 questions
    Project Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season?
    The flower challenge and the car challenge.
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?
    Designing for kids, and the mom challenge.
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    Your take on team challenges?
    They're entertaining, and they reveal people's true skill sets, character and work ethic.
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    51 of 52 questions
    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    Seeing a fellow RISD alum (Mila) on the show helped me work up the nerve to apply.
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    52 of 52 questions
    Why are you going to win?
    I know how to create a strong visual narrative with my clothes and make women look good.

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