What was your impression of the first challenge -- to express who you are as a designer?
Tough, but exciting. I mean, how do you get across who you are as a designer in one single look? And of course, you're thinking, "What if they judges don't get it?"
For me, the pressure of the task added a certain weight to the work environment, which made for an interesting mix because we were all pumped on adrenaline after that sprint through Bryant Park.
Which designer did you find the most intimidating when you first arrived?
Did we have time to even form a first impression? We hardly had enough time to swallow our champagne before we were ominously told it was "all over." Just by looks, I'd say Kit had the "cool chick" vibe going. I imagined her to be the kind of girl every girl wants to be, or wants to be friends with.
What did you feel when you were left on stage as part of the top or bottom six?
A whole mix of things: Am I in the top or in the bottom? Geez, I hope I don't say something totally stupid. Or, I hope I don't look as exhausted as I feel. Despite all the preparation, and the work leading up to it, I felt I knew, at that moment, how a deer must feel when its caught in the headlights. Caught unawares, panicked, instincts at ready. The spotlights on stage don't help either.