QWhat was the first garment you ever made?
ANot available. I was probably nine.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing?
AI get bored quickly. One hour, the '80s; then rock (Nirvana and the like); sometimes classical.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential?
AWhen people pointed it out when I was a kid.
AMy dear McQueen, genius and artful. His exhibit at the Met pushed me to start professionally in the States.
AFashion designer and legal interpreter.
QCan you describe past jobs you've had?
ABanker/ nanny/ chef apprentice/ hotel concierge, etc.
QWhat is a fashion must?
AStyle, please, style, your own!!!
QWhat is your design training?
APretty much self-taught. I attended some classes at FIT.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer?
AI am very versatile and open-minded.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer?
AI get flooded by ideas and can.t edit without effort.
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years?
AIn the past, the women in my life. They were always very clean, elegant and extremely feminine. In the present, my love for other art media and philosophy in general.
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
AI would wrap the world in 4 ply silk!!!!!!! But love them all. I don.t hate poly, it just doesn.t do justice to anything.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing?
AMy jackets. The tailoring was an obsession of mine since very young and I worked very hard to get satisfied with my craftsmanship.
QDo you prefer sketching or draping?
A"I hate sketching. I do specs and flats for my own reference. I only sketch for show and when I have plenty of time (almost never)."
QDo you prefer patterns or solids?
A"Both; need balance, though. Solids need to be textured or whimsically cut, otherwise I feel disappointed."
QWhat are your favorite colors?
A"Love them all! I would say cobalt and bright yellow inspire me. Red is what I would wear most of the time."
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer?
A"I don.t have fears; they enslave you. Take me or leave, I am me and my circumstance."
QWhat fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
AI hate white shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
AI regret I have to wear flats because of my injured tendons. May God give me some grace.
QWho are your favorite style icons?
AMy clients. They have the guts to wear whatever they feel happy in and their signature, that.s style.
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her?
AA two-piece dress.
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for?
AEllen DeGeneres. I would design her a jacket with a tail and a big convertible lapel in a print I would design, a pair of silk jeans and a lace cut-out tee with open back.
QWho's your supermodel muse?
QWhat do you look for in a model?
A"The walk, for God.s sakes, some of them walk as if they were carrying the world on them. Posture, posture, posture and then attitude, yeah, if you don.t feel it, don.t model it."
QIf you had to name your label, you.d call it . . .
AI already call it something.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
QDream place to set up your design business?
QWebsites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
QHow were you described as a kid?
AShy and as a bookworm, teacher.s pet, etc.
QHow are you described now?
ACRAZY, AND YES CRAZY.
QMarriage or kids?
AMarried for 10 years, no kids.
QDo you have any pets?
AI have four parakeets.
QDo you have any nicknames?
ACC, short for Cecilia.
QWhy are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
AI am big in respecting one.s space, privacy and property.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home?
AChinatown, art galleries, my balcony.
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing?
QWhat are your favorite movies and TV shows?
ALaw and Order, Dexter and the kind ..
QWhat are your favorite books and authors?
ACortazar and in some sick way Borges.
QWhat are your favorite websites?
AMmmm, can't answer this one.
QiPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
QFast food or gourmet?
AAH!!!! Fast food.
QCooking or takeout?
APastas!!!! Gnocchi, tortellini, all of them.
QBeer or wine?
APleasure has no guilt, that.s an oxymoron.
QBiggest pet peeve?
ANo table manners.
QFavorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
ASeth, Jeffrey Sebelia, Mondo, Casanova. I think I am my fave, fave. Sorry.
QProject Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season?
AThis will bite me right back in the . I like the couture one; they all sucked at it.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?
AThe grocery shopping. That.s brutal.
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them?. . . love them?
AThey are hilarious. It is fun as a viewer, but I hope not to have one.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
AI was bs'ing with a friend, 'cause everybody asked me to do it.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway?
AI.ve already won. Just guts.