Burning Questions

Winner Kathy reacts to her big win, talks about her line, and gives her advice to aspiring designers.

Feb 4, 2010

Bravotv.com: How did it feel to make it to the finale?

It felt surreal when I made the finale! It hit me that I might win actually win!! Competitions have always been so weird to me...they can generate insecurity and fear. I tried hard not to get in to that frequency because then you lose all the love and focus for why you started in the first place.. It was perfect having Emil as a partner, because we are very similar in that regard. I am so happy it's over now though.. It has been so hard to keep it from all my friends and family! It was pure torture!!! Torture! Sitting at dinner with friends...talking to my family...everyone asked me, "who won"?! I was like, "WATCHHHH and find out!" I asked my daughter last night, 'Who do you think will win?" and she said,  "You mommy... you!" That's my girl! I feel so blessed..Im overwhelmed with love and emotion.. ahhhhhhhh!!!

Bravotv.com: Who did you think was your biggest threat? What was your biggest fear for the final launch?

I just wanted to focus on my designs, so I was never motivated by if someone was a threat. Each week was different and everyone was talented; we really never knew who was going to stay on and who was going to be kicked off. I just had to be good for me.

Bravotv.com: Describe the three new looks you had to create. What was your inspiration?

The three new looks had to be a gown, a cocktail dress and a garment with a pocket. The gown became the sister to the kimono. This was a black long knock-out with open back and blue lining. It had a peek-a-boo slit in front. The pocket/animal dress had the genius pocket that Jim crafted. The red dress.. ohhhh god!! When Holly walked on that runway and opened the show with this spectacular red dragon dress, my heart skipped a beat. I hope I can buy this one on Rue la la and wear on Valentines Day.

Bravotv.com: Talk about your line as a whole. Who is the woman you envision wearing your creations?

My line as a whole unfolded to this symphony of color and vibration. My clothes are for special women who are confident, alive, leaders, mothers, artists…my clothes are for all women! It was like the United Nations when they all came out on that runway!