Burning Questions

Simone LeBlanc reflects on her short stay.

Nov 16, 2007

What was your impression of the first challenge -- to express who you are as a designer?
I thought it was a great challenge. The running through the grass was a bit ridiculous and gimmicky though. The fabrics were gorgeous, and the energy was great. The competitive sensibility was just starting to peek through, and we were all just trying to get our bearings. It's an interesting phnomenon -- to see what happens to people when a camera gets put on them. You begin to see multiple sides to some personalities.

Which designer did you find the most intimidating when you first arrived?
This may sound naive, or perhaps overly optimistic- but I wasn't intimidated by anyone. Had I been on the show longer, I would have been intimidated by the technical capabilities of a few of the others. I definitely had my snap judgements (I reluctantly admit) based on appearances when I first arrived. But those transformed as time passed. We all visually are so different -- it was more about trying to figure out who was who for me.

During the first days on the set, what was the thing that struck you the most?
The feeling that I had been sucked into a weird cult or something. I had no way to get away, gain my bearings, and have a comfort zone. I realised that I had stepped in as a cog in a tremendous machine, who's innerworkings began to reveal themselves the longer I stayed. That actually sounds quite intense, doesn't it?