Nicholas D'Aurizio

OUT 08/05/2010

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Nicholas D'Aurizio Video Blog: Episode 14

Nicholas D\'Aurizio returns for a reunion with the other designers from Project Runway Season 8. In this vid...
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  • Tim Critiques Nicholas D'Aurizio: Episode 2
  • Under the Gunn: Episode 2
  • Nicholas D'Aurizio Video Blog: Episode 2
  • Nicholas D'Aurizio Video Blog: Episode 1
  • Tim Critiques Nicholas D'Aurizio: Episode 1
  • Extended Judging of Nicholas D'Aurizio, Episode 1
  • Nicholas D'Aurizio's Casting Session
  • Nicholas D'Aurizio's Home Visit
  • Nicholas D'Aurizio's Closet Tour
NICHOLAS' DESIGN IN EPISODE 2: "Larger Than Life"
The designers must create a look that defines the Marie Claire woman. The winning look will be featured on a billboard in Times Square. Guest Judge: Joanna Coles. Aired August 5.
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    What was the first garment you ever made?
    My boyfriend and I made his mother's dress for his sister's wedding.
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    What is your music of choice when designing?
    You Can't Hurry Love by Phil Collins, I Can Fly by Rainey, Michael Jackson.
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    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    I've just always loved being creative, and working with my mind and hands as one.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Yeohlee, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada.
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    Current occupation?
    Handbag designer.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Men's and women's accessories designer, interior designer/architect.
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    What is a fashion must?
    For me, my T-shirts and Converse sneakers.
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    What is your design training?
    B.S. in architecture from Catholic University in D.C., plus a few courses at the Fashion Institute.
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    Have you won any awards related to design?
    In high school I won a few scholarships for drafting and design. Never anything big.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    The ability to think outside the box and come up with unique but wearable concepts.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    Sometimes getting caught up in the insignificant details.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    The garments my grandfather made back in the '30s and '40s, and old-fashioned menswear.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    I love working with tweeds, wools, houndstooth and plaids and making them feminine.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    A capelet with oversized triangular sleeves.
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    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Both.
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    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Solids, but I'm not afraid of some pattern.
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    What are your favorite colors?
    Black, purple and yellow.
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Failing! Making clothes that women do not want to wear.
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    The skinny jean slouchy look. I want to walk up behind kids and pull up their pants.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    A brown linen jacket, to my junior prom. AWFUL.
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    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Victoria Beckham with a little twist of Jackie O.
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    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    A beautiful cocktail dress.
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Nicole Kidman, a red-carpet gown.
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    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Heidi Klum, of course!
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    What do you look for in a model?
    A girl who is bubbly, has a great personality and has good proportions.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    Nicolena, for Nico, my dad's dad, a sample maker, and Lena, my mom's mom, the best woman I've known.
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    On an island, selling T-shirts to tourists.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    Milan! My family is rooted in Italy, and for me that's where it all starts.
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    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    nicolena.com
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    How were you described as a kid?
    Kinda kept to myself, but played many sports, so I was known as athletic.
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    How are you described now?
    A go-getter, creative, high-strung, and always nervous about something.
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    Can you describe your family?
    100 percent Italian. Loud, obnoxious, irritating, but full of a lot of love and support.
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    Marriage or kids?
    Been with my partner for 12 years.
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    Do you have any pets?
    Lily, a Chihuahua mix, and Uno, a total Chihuahua.
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    My best friends Christine and Angela's basement.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Dancing in a Michael Jackson street performance group and reading all sorts of books.
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    What are your favorite movies?
    Interview With the Vampire, Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
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    What are your favorite TV shows?
    Original 90210, Gilmore Girls, Golden Girls. As a kid, The Bugaloos, Magic Garden, MacGyver.
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter series; Stephenie Meyer, Twilight series; Nicholas Sparks.
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    What are your favorite websites?
    style.com, Wikipedia, space.com
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    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
    BlackBerry.
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    Li'l bit of both.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    Cooking.
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    Favorite food?
    Chinese food, pizza, my mom's rigatoni with crab sauce.
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    Beer or wine?
    In China, Tsing Tao beer; anywhere else, wine.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    Chocolate fudge layer cake.
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    Snapping your gum.
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    Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
    Christian Siriano.
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    Project Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season?
    Using different buildings around NY as inspiration for garments.
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    Your take on team challenges?
    The menswear challenge. Making men's suits is not my forte.
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    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    I missed the deadline last year, so this year I e-mailed about a month before casting started.
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    Why are you going to win?
    My drive, hard work and unique design background.

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