QWhat was the first garment you ever made?
AThe first one that was actually wearable was a dress for my sister, for her wedding rehearsal dinner in 2007.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing?
AJay-Z - Brooklyn We Go Hard, Adele - Rolling in the Deep, Kelly Rowland - Motivation, Nickleback - Rockstar, Chrisette Michelle - I'm a Star.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential?
AI'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
AOscar de la Renta, Alice and Olivia, Marchesa, Monique Lhullier, Christian Siriano.
QCan you describe past jobs you've had?
AProduction assistant for several clothing labels, manager for the U.S. Census Bureau.
QWhat is a fashion must?
QWhat is your design training?
AI did attend FIT, but I majored in fashion merchandising management. My design training is self-taught with a lot of trial and error.
QHave you won any awards related to design?
AI 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.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer?
AMy strengths as a designer are my structure, style, taste level and my ability to tailor for a [real] woman's body.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer?
AKnit fabrics, lack of technical terminology and minor ability at sketching.
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years?
AMy 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,
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
AInterlock cotton knit and wool. They are so substantial and generally natural fibers.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing?
AA 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.
QDo you prefer sketching or draping?
QDo you prefer patterns or solids?
QWhat are your favorite colors?
AMagenta, all purples and gold.
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer?
AMaking a garment that ends up on the worst-dressed list.
QWhat fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
ARules, i.e., no white after Labor Day, etc.
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
AFendi pumps with a chunky two-inch heel with the zucca logo all over them. Trash!
QWho are your favorite style icons?
ASarah Jessica Parker.
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her?
AA shift dress with a unique detail (maybe at the collar or on the shoulder) for her to wear to luncheon.
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for?
AI 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.
QWho's your supermodel muse?
AI am currently obsessed with Joan Smalls. Her body inspires me.
QWhat do you look for in a model?
AI like curvy models with strong cheekbones. Height is very important to me, and a strong runway walk.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
AYv'ne G. (Pronounced Yvonne Gee. For my mom.)
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
AIn fashion somehow . maybe an editor at a magazine.
QDream place to set up your design business?
ALos Angeles. There is still a fashion market there, the weather is lovely and the celebrities I'd like to dress are right next door.
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
ABelize, since it's where my parents and family are from.
QHow were you described as a kid?
AFun, mischievous, lovable, cute.
QHow are you described now?
AFun, mischievous, lovable, cute.
QCan you describe your family?
AMy 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."
QMarriage or kids?
ASingle, no kids.
QDo you have any nicknames?
AKim and Kimmie (but only my close friends and sister call me that).
QWhy are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
AEasy 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.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home?
ADekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Any restaurant along that street with good food, friends and cocktails!
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing?
ACrocheting, traveling and trying new restaurants and cuisines.
QWhat are your favorite movies and TV shows?
AMovies: The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Coming to America. TV: Law and Order: SVU, Project Runway, Oprah (and now she's gone!).
QWhat are your favorite websites?
Astyle.com, mediatakeout.com, concreteloop.com, huffingtonpost.com
QFavorite Twitter accounts?
AThe Kardashian sisters.
QWhat are your favorite books and authors?
AThe Red Tent by Anita Diamant and the Bible.
QiPhone or BlackBerry?
QFast food or gourmet?
QCooking or takeout?
ASushi, oysters, and macaroni and cheese.
QBeer or wine?
AMy infatuation with fashion.
QBiggest pet peeve?
ABullies and people who take advantage of the weak.
QFavorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
QProject Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
AI'd like to do a wedding dress challenge and a plant store challenge.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them?
ASince I'm not technically trained, I think I may find myself butting heads with the designers in reference to terminology and techniques.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
AI 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.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway?
AI 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