Joe: Straight Talk

Joe Faris give his side from the Transformation challenge. How was it working with your client/her mother?
My client was fine to work with. It was little difficult in that Laura (the daughter) didn't really have too much input so I was taking direction from her mother. Her mother and I came up with the look and I wasn't really sure if Laura liked it or not until everything was finished. She said she actually liked the outfit. The judges' biggest problem seemed to be the cliché factor -- did you think this was an issue? I really wasn't looking at it that way. The challenge was to re-invent a college-aged woman to enter the working world. I truly thought I had achieved that. Cliché aside I think I just followed the challenge too literally. If you could redo your design, what would you change? Would you?
I would have taken more time to finish the blazer better, like putting the lining in by hand instead of machine and maybe I would add some denim somewhere. What did you think of the other designers' looks?
I really didn't think much of anyone else's designs. They were all comparatively uninspiring to me. What are you up to now?
I have resumed my Senior Design post at Schott NYC, working on our fall collection, as well as a Joe Faris collection to be ready by Jan. 2009. Even though you are not a finalist, you still showed your collection at Bryant Park last week -- can you talk a bit about that experience?
That was truly the prize for me -- that's every designer's dream. I was so ecstatic to be able to be a part of that. I created the collection that I wanted to create, and it was amazing to see it go down the runway in the big Tent, with great-looking models and they really like the clothes. My wife, two daughters, and my family were there, It was such high energy, it took two days to come down. You were commonly referred to as the only straight guy on the show -- is that ever a stigma for you -- being a straight male designer?
Gay, straight, purple -- it doesn't matter to me. Fashion is a big industry -- being straight was never a stigma to me. Yes I design from a straight male perspective -- that is who I am. Like it or not, I don't really care. My designs are edgy and sexy. I design jeans, leather jackets, and clothing that people can wear. My portfolio was never shown in the first episode so no one really knows who I am as a designer. You can check out my site HERE. I am mainly a menswear designer and I design jeans and sportswear. I never really made a dress before coming onto Project Runway. This was a great opportunity for me to express myself in design areas I never had before.

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