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Fallene Wells

29, Denver, CO
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What was the first garment you ever made?

Nothing to brag about, just a pair of cheap cotton rainbow striped fabric pants with a drawstring.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

I love sewing to Edith Piaf, She and Him, Noah and the Whale, MGMT.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

My sister Christy wanted to go to school for interior design, and I toured Brooks College with her when I was 11. The college also had a fashion Design Program. I saw all of the dress forms and fashion illustrations, and it was at that point I wanted to be a designer.

Favorite designer(s)?

Anna Sui, Dior.

Current occupation?

Hairstylist at Voila Salon Spa and Parfumerie.

Can you describe past jobs you've had?

Receptionist, administrative assistant, logistics department employee.

What is a fashion must?

Love my retro ugly sweater collection.

What is your design training?

I’m primarily self-taught. My mother taught me the basics at 11. I would sew off and on as a teenager, and it wasn’t until 2007 at my first fashion show production that I designed a collection.

Have you won any awards related to design?

In 2010 I won Mastermind with Westword and was interviewed in their paper for Fashion in Denver. In May 2011 I won a Vitaminwater fashion competition, for creating a look inspired by their beverage called Glow.

What are your strengths as a designer?

I shine in creating clothes that are wearable, unique and have a ton of style. I enjoy mixing patterns, colors and creating a proportionate silhouette.

What are your weaknesses as a designer?

I’ve never worked with specialized industrial equipment, so I feel I could get stronger in that area. I try to push myself by working with different fabrics and creating out-of-the-box designs, but I could always use more help with textiles and execution.

What's influenced your designs over the years?

I have always been influenced by different eras. Right now I am working on a collection that has a modern, wearable '20s feel with art deco lines.

What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?

Cotton, knit, linen, denim.

What's the item you're most proud of designing?

Feather dress.

Do you prefer sketching or draping?

Sketch.

Do you prefer patterns or solids?

Patterns.

What are your favorite colors?

Green.

What's your biggest fear as a designer?

Having creative blockage.

What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?

Labels.

What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?

Lime-green culottes.

Who are your favorite style icons?

Zooey Deschanel.

If you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her?

Modern take on a Grace Kelly '40s suit, pencil skirt, with a tailored belted jacket.

What celebrity would you like to design for?

Zooey Deschanel. A high-waisted ruffled trouser with a blouse.

Who's your supermodel muse?

Jessica Stam.

What do you look for in a model?

Walk, attitude, face. I like models that have soft features with large eyes.

If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .

Let 'Em Have It.

If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .

Producing fashion shows.

Dream place to set up your design business?

London.

Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?

fallene.net, lookbook.nu

Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?

London.

How were you described as a kid?

Shy, nerd, loner, outcast.

How are you described now?

Outgoing, creative, ambitious, driven.

Can you describe your family?

Second to last kid, two boys and four girls in the family. I'm very close to one sister.

Do you have any pets?

Four cats: Nemo, Robot Boy, Dr. Mondo, Little Gamma Ray.

Do you have any nicknames?

Fally. Only my family calls me that.

Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?

I can get along with almost anyone. I'm easygoing and let things roll off my shoulders.

What's your favorite hangout back home?

Lalas.

What are your hobbies besides designing?

Gardening, shopping, antique shopping, drawing

What are your favorite movies and TV shows?

Pulp Fiction, all Wes Anderson movies, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums, No Country for Old Men, Project Runway, Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire.

What are your favorite websites?

etsy.com, shopruche.com, anthropologie.com

Your Twitter handle?

foreverdarling

What are your favorite books and authors?

Lost Art of Compassion, The Answer. Haven’t had much time to read lately!

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

iPhone.

Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet.

Cooking or takeout?

Cooking, if I have time.

Favorite food?

Mexican, Italian.

Beer or wine?

Wine.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Candy.

Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?

Jay from Season 1.

Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?

Candy store challenge, flower challenge.

Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back for your season?

Menswear, swimsuits.

Your take on team challenges ... love them or hate them?

Depends on the team. I think it would be great to collaborate and make something you might not think of, but on the other hand it might be hard to sew somebody’s garment and to say who you would eliminate.

How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?

I sent my application in last year. I was surprised I got so far the first time sending my application in, and I had to give it another shot.

Why do you think you will win Project Runway?

I think I have what it takes to win. I can be humble, work great under pressure and grow from the feedback of the judges.