Chris: True Collar Shining Through

Learning how to listen and make it work!

So, you hear "avant-garde" -- what were you thinking?
I was thinking, "Yee-haw!" Galliano, McQueen, Westwood, Lacroix ... my mind was reeling at the possibilities.

When you heard that you and Christian would be paired together, were you at all nervous or were you excited?
I knew it would be an incredible match or a huge disaster, but Christian is incredible, and it turned out to be great. Our "wonder twin powers" of creativity really fed off of each other.

How did you two come up with the concept?
He had a gown idea that pulled from his couture experience, and I had a separate vision of a huge collar piece, and suggested we combine them. Then we just went for it.

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You have extensive experience with headpieces, but did you have any problems with this one?
The only problem I had was no access to the materials and tools l would normally use. But with some hot glue, wire hangers, and oven mitts, I had to "make it work" (!).

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Did you two worry that you wouldn't finish in time?
We knew that we were the fastest team, so we were prepared for the last minute curve ball.

When Tim said that the ready-to-wear look looked cheap, were you worried at all?
I think we listened, and spent some of our limited amount of time reworking it a little.

What did you think of the other designers' garments?
In general, I thought they were on a different train of thought than we were. We wanted to create Couture with a capital "C." Something that could be seen on the runways of Paris haute couture shows. I think Jillian's coat came the closest to that idea.

Did you think Victorya/Jillian's team might win?
Honestly, I thought we would win -- we finally gave the judges the "wow" factor they had been looking for.

You and Christian got your press in Elle! How exciting! How was the shoot for that?!
It was such a great reward! I am so proud to be a part of the winning team. And so grateful to my model Marcia for putting up with that collar (and for making it look so beautiful).

After this challenge, is your elimination becoming more and more a memory, or is it always in the back of your mind?
Of course, the immediacy of the challenges keeps you in the moment, but it was always in the back of my mind as this: "Think VERY critically about what you are doing" -- almost like I had a little Tim Gunn on my shoulder.

Anything else?
I can't wait to see the Tresemmé ad in Elle! Marcia deserves it for the pain she went through!

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