Bravotv.com: 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.
Bravotv.com: 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.
Bravotv.com: 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.
Bravotv.com: 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.
Bravotv.com: 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.
Bravotv.com: 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.
Bravotv.com: 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.