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Kimberly Goldson

35, Brooklyn, NY
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What was the first garment you ever made?

The first one that was actually wearable was a dress for my sister, for her wedding rehearsal dinner in 2007.

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

Jay-Z - Brooklyn We Go Hard, Adele - Rolling in the Deep, Kelly Rowland - Motivation, Nickleback - Rockstar, Chrisette Michelle - I'm a Star.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

I've always had a unique style and would alter and reinvent clothing for me and my friends since high school, but I didn't realize I had the potential to be a designer until one day in about 2006

Favorite designer(s)?

Oscar de la Renta, Alice and Olivia, Marchesa, Monique Lhullier, Christian Siriano.

Current occupation?

Freelance designer.

Can you describe past jobs you've had?

Production assistant for several clothing labels, manager for the U.S. Census Bureau.

What is a fashion must?

Great shoes.

What is your design training?

I did attend FIT, but I majored in fashion merchandising management. My design training is self-taught with a lot of trial and error.

Have you won any awards related to design?

I have never won any awards, but I have received a write-up in an article in Rolling Out in Atlanta as an emerging designer to watch.

What are your strengths as a designer?

My strengths as a designer are my structure, style, taste level and my ability to tailor for a [real] woman's body.

What are your weaknesses as a designer?

Knit fabrics, lack of technical terminology and minor ability at sketching.

What's influenced your designs over the years?

My structure aesthetic was heavily influenced early on by Oscar de la Renta. My mom has always been my inspiration. I look at pictures of her from the '70s and marvel at her style. Now, as I've developed as a designer, I no longer am influenced solely by one designer or one thing,

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

Interlock cotton knit and wool. They are so substantial and generally natural fibers.

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

A pair of pants I made for my most recent collection. The fit is perfect in the rise and through the leg with a wide bottom, and a bow detail on the waist gives them a unique touch.

Do you prefer sketching or draping?

Drape.

Do you prefer patterns or solids?

Patterns.

What are your favorite colors?

Magenta, all purples and gold.

What's your biggest fear as a designer?

Making a garment that ends up on the worst-dressed list.

What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?

Rules, i.e., no white after Labor Day, etc.

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

Fendi pumps with a chunky two-inch heel with the zucca logo all over them. Trash!

Who are your favorite style icons?

Sarah Jessica Parker.

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

A shift dress with a unique detail (maybe at the collar or on the shoulder) for her to wear to luncheon.

What celebrity would you like to design for?

I would design a red-carpet dress for Jennifer Hudson. I'd like to highlight her new figure but give her something different than what she is used to wearing.

Who's your supermodel muse?

I am currently obsessed with Joan Smalls. Her body inspires me.

What do you look for in a model?

I like curvy models with strong cheekbones. Height is very important to me, and a strong runway walk.

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

Yv'ne G. (Pronounced Yvonne Gee. For my mom.)

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

In fashion somehow . maybe an editor at a magazine.

Dream place to set up your design business?

Los Angeles. There is still a fashion market there, the weather is lovely and the celebrities I'd like to dress are right next door.

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

Belize, since it's where my parents and family are from.

How were you described as a kid?

Fun, mischievous, lovable, cute.

How are you described now?

Fun, mischievous, lovable, cute.

Can you describe your family?

My family is very supportive and non-traditional. My mom and brother are deceased, so it.s just my sister and I. However, I have childhood friends of over 25 years that are my "family."

Marriage or kids?

Single, no kids.

Do you have any nicknames?

Kim and Kimmie (but only my close friends and sister call me that).

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

Easy because I generally like to keep my place neat and clean (not in an OCD kind of way) and I love to cook. Not so easy first thing in the morning, when I am usually a tad grouchy until I take a shower.

What's your favorite hangout back home?

Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Any restaurant along that street with good food, friends and cocktails!

What are your hobbies besides designing?

Crocheting, traveling and trying new restaurants and cuisines.

What are your favorite movies and TV shows?

Movies: The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Coming to America. TV: Law and Order: SVU, Project Runway, Oprah (and now she's gone!).

What are your favorite websites?

style.com, mediatakeout.com, concreteloop.com, huffingtonpost.com

Favorite Twitter accounts?

The Kardashian sisters.

What are your favorite books and authors?

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant and the Bible.

iPhone or BlackBerry?

Android.

Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet.

Cooking or takeout?

Cooking.

Favorite food?

Sushi, oysters, and macaroni and cheese.

Beer or wine?

Wine.

Guiltiest pleasure?

My infatuation with fashion.

Biggest pet peeve?

Bullies and people who take advantage of the weak.

Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?

Christian Siriano.

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

I'd like to do a wedding dress challenge and a plant store challenge.

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

Menswear!

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

Since I'm not technically trained, I think I may find myself butting heads with the designers in reference to terminology and techniques.

How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?

I stumbled upon the casting call a week before the deadline. I rushed my video and application in, and here I am. Yay! I auditioned for PR once before, for Season 6.

Why do you think you will win Project Runway?

A: I have creative design ideas with a fresh perspective. Also, I think I have the personality (fun, bubbly, tough when necessary, sensitive at times) to win the .TV. portion of the competition