Goin' To A Funkier Place

Sandra Bernhard opens up about her style, NY and this week's challenge!

Bravotv.com: Are you a Project Runway fan? If so, who has been your favorite designer?
Sandra Bernhard: Of course! When I'm on the road, I make sure Project Runway is on the TiVo. Honestly, I think Terri from this season is my favorite. Her designs are gorgeous and rocking. Something I could very much see myself wearing and hope to be very soon!

What in New York most inspires you and your work?
What used to inspire me is almost completely gone. The Bright Food Shop on 8th Avenue where I used to go for lunch. 18th & 8th. All those funky restaurants that can't afford to be around anymore. All the funky little boutiques on Bleecker that have been thrown out by all the high-end designers. N.Y. has really become Disneyland. The really interesting edgy people have had to move out to Brooklyn, or even further out to Ohio and Michigan!

What was the key to this challenge?
Any time you have to go out and be inspired by what's on the N.Y. streets, you have to be able to see past the garbage, the rain and the bad air and pull something of beauty out of the city.

Can you expand on your least favorite and favorite looks from the challenge?
As you know, I was really into Terri. I thought she did a wonderful twist on comfortable. Sexy Rock 'n' Roll wear. Something that I would love to wear on stage. I wanted to go to a funkier place, but everybody went with the pretty white lady.

How would you describe your style? Which of the looks would you have worn yourself?
Day to day I wear things that don't call attention while I'm walking around the city. I stay under the radar. But when I'm on stage -- sexy, flamboyant, flattering, rocking things I can move in. I also wear things that work for a tall lady, like myself.

How was the experience as a judge? Was it different than you thought it would be?
I always go into to everything shooting from the hip and being real with an open heart and compassion. Because when people are putting themselves on the line creatively, it's no time to be smug and bitchy. I had a really great time and connected with the designers and tried to focus on their strengths.

Do you want to predict who you think might win it all?
I'd love for Terri to win. However, who i want and who will win are two distinctively different things.

Can you catch us up a little with what you've been up to? Where can your fans see you next? (Your one-woman show!)
I am currently reviving my one-woman show, "Without You I'm Nothing," and will be touring over the next year. It's such an amazing, fun, and smart show. People love the album and the movie, so I thought it was about time I revisit the piece. Twenty years later it's as relevant as ever! Check my website, sandrabernhard.com, for dates!

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