Kathy Rose: "I Couldn't Believe It!"

This week's winner talks onesies, zebra inspiration, personal style, and more!

Bravotv.com: What made you want to start your own fashion line?

I love fashion...always have!  We bring in unique clothing designers to Roseark and I have always worked with them closely on designing couture pieces for my store.  Now I feel confident I can design my own fashion line!

Bravotv.com: How would you describe your own personal style?

My clothing is always a palette/canvas for my jewelry so I really dress around my jewels (i.e..snakes, eagles, arrowheads, etc.) Classic with an edge is how I would describe it.  I'm definitly not afraid to take risks!

Bravotv.com: How have you gotten along with your design expert Emil so far? Do you feel you have a similar design sensibility?

How did I get so lucky to be paired with Emil?!  All the stars were aligned for sure!  We have the same sensibility, attention to detail and refined work - great ingredients together.  With my jewelry background and style mixed with his refined, classic detail...it feels so safe and creative to work with this beautiful man.

Bravotv.com: This week you took a walk on the wild side and got inspired by animals. What did you first think of this challenge?

Is this a dream?!  Animals for a challenge?  Animals are always my inspiration (look at my designs - snakes,eagles,elephants, and giraffes! oh my!)  And to actually spend time with one? A baby zebra?  Come on!!

Bravotv.com: You all had to do a one-piece look. How did you initially feel about that?

I love onesies!!  I have an old school Rykiel onesie (wore it in this episode) and I wish I had 3 of them!  So tattered and still amazing.  One piece canvas -- bangin' necklace, a cocktail ring, and don't forget about an armful of my cuffs -- you are set!

Bravotv.com: Talk about the zebra as your inspiration. Was there an animal you would have preferred?

Zebra! Come on people!  I scored!  When I got that basket of carrots, I was like "please don't give me bugs."  When that baby black and white lover came around the corner, I almost did a backflip in my stilettos.  The mohawk and baby fur.  Insanity.  I was soo blessed!  One of my favorite animals and he was the same age as my son, Quinn (6 months)!

Bravotv.com: You said you didn't take too many risks on this challenge and that you wanted to play it a little safe.

Tentacles on Kimono.  That's all I have to say:)))

Bravotv.com: The judges loved your draping and said your piece was very sleek and current. How did it feel to hear that? Is that the look you're going for?

'Sleek and Current' is what the judges said and I couldn't believe it!  That is exactly what I was going for.  Classic, slight edge...Halston/Rykiel feel...timeless piece.  I would have that piece in my closet for years!  Open back to the crack?!!  It doesn't get better then that.  I almost put my head through the wall when I saw this onesie on the model.  I loved this piece!

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It's Been Real

"As each designer introduced their collection and I saw their work unfold on the runway it made me so proud to be a part of LML."

It's been real - Kathy and Emil and Native Rose are victorious! What a finale! (How cool was Fergie? Positive, confidence building, supportive and kind - thanks for celebrating the designers rather than turning their world upside down in the last hours before the launch.)

I love that the finale was aired in 2 parts. While watching last week's episode, the stress and chaos (especially for Kathy and Emil) had my stomach was in knots and I knew the outcome. Listening to the teams reflect on our critiques as part of the creative process was awesome. We (hosts/judges) took our job seriously and are proud to have played a role in the team's evolution. As each designer introduced their collection and I saw their work unfold on the runway it made me so proud to be a part of LML. There can only be one winner, this is a competition, but in life and fashion Eric, Galina, Merle, Thai, Kathy and Emil are ALL WINNERS - BRAVO!

Eric and Galina - you stayed true to your girl from day 1. The Desi J girl loves life and is sexy 'cause she feels it. And in these clothes she will look it! You were a wonderful "mix" of personalities and talent and treated each other with kindness, class and dignity at all times. I hope you collaborate on a line and please send me the look book to place an order. Best of luck in everything, you deserve it!!!

Merle and Thai - WOW! When I saw the evening gown hit the runway all I could think about was where I was going to wear it! The asymmetrical long dress, convertible distressed look, high waisted pant - I will forward my address and credit card privately as I MUST OWN! Your vision was clear since the beginning and focus fixated on a woman like me and so many others who want versatile, beautiful clothes. I believe in each of you individually and as partners you have potential for greatness. Everything happens for a reason. I know your connection and collection will live on way past LML. Please keep in touch, I can't wait to see the future of Inside/Out. It was beyond a pleasure to spend time with both of you.

Kathy and Emil - YAY!!!! Native Rose will be launched and I can't wait to shop Rue La La and get my hands on the strapless zebra dress and black jumpsuit! I am thrilled for you. Your integrity and value for each other and the Native Rose collection was clear in both your designs and relationship. Even in the arduous moments you respected each other, never made it or took it personally. The ability to work with others, manage, lead, is a true gift and a major ingredient in the design and business recipe.

Kathy, YOU are a JEWEL! May you only experience wonderful things in your life and actualize your dreams. Emil, you exude sophistication and charm. Native Rose is going to be on everyone's radar this Spring and I hope in seasons to come.

Congratulations on it all - I am so proud of and happy for you!!!

Dan and Dean- You are my G's and I, your J. New York, LA, Mykonos, London, Milan (Italy, Europe - ha ha!) Can't wait to see you soon!

Lisa Kline - LML did not introduce us but brought us closer. In the darkest moments of your life you radiated and marched on. You are a winner and a warrior and I love you. Viki, Holly, Mark, Jen and the entire LML family - thank you for a wonderful experience.

Until we meet again

- xx Stefani

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