Burning Questions

The origin of Suede's name and what he learned from LL Cool J.

Sep 23, 2008

Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration behind your look for Jerell?
Originally, Jerell and I spoke about a KISS-inspired crazy '80s look. Long gone are the days of spandex, big hair, and crazy make-up. I changed my mind however, when I recalled being ripped in the last challenge for having something that looked very '80s-inspired. Glad I listened to my instincts, I really loved my look and am proud of the way it came out. The inspiration I decided to go with was modern-day rockers. In my eyes, rockers are much more tangible in their appearance -- slim fit pants, t-shirts, jackets, vests, jeans, all very casual sportswear.

Bravotv.com: If you could've chosen any of the other designers to be your client and any other musical genre, would you have chosen?
I enjoyed working with Jerell. One of the big challenges was accessories for the looks on both me and Jerell. The Bluefly wall does not offer ANY men's accessories so I was really in trouble there. I of course wore all my own personal accessories on the look Korto created for me. I actually would have loved to do the Punk Rock genre. That would have been LOTS of fun.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other designs?
Well, I do think Jerell's look was fun and definitely pop diva. I of course loved what Korto created since it was the winning look and all the designers loved how I worked the runway. OMG that was fun!