Bravotv.com: This week was all about cliques — what clique were you in? How did you dress in high school?
I was voted “Best Dressed” in my high school … which is an “honor” and a “label” that has followed me for my whole career. I was not really in a clique. I was always a good student, had many friends, and mostly was with a more creative group of students. I wasn’t the “cheerleader” type, and it wasn’t a time for a druggie group … and I wasn’t the smart nerdy one either.
But with that said, I honestly barely remember my high school days.
Bravotv.com: Which were the biggest hits and misses to you?
I actually wish more of our comments would be included in the show … because I know we all liked James-Paul’s “Preppy” take on his design, and I was very fond of Lidia’s “Nerd.”
I think they were the two strongest looks of this challenge, but the audience did not select them.
Both of those had some humor, and an attitude, and a real look. I was not too keen on Merlin’s “Mean” pink -- or Haven’s “Skater” outfit, and they were not my top choices.
The two bottom looks were however the biggest misses to me … for the reasons expressed on the show.
It’s important to remember that we have to select the winner from the two choices the audience likes. Only a handful in the audience are “professionals,” so we are having to find the talent and the winner who the “people” who are the “customers” like best.
Bravotv.com: What do you think of Johnny’s attitude?
His attitude is very frustrating, but I think it is his defense. When I see his comments during the various sessions that I am not otherwise privy to, it makes me nuts, but I do honestly believe he has talent ... and I guess we have been forgiving him … and it is probably making the audience upset with us. I sometimes think “he knows not what he is saying.” Many people have already said to me, “How could you have kept him?" when he says, "Fine — send me home.”
However, as someone who has watched designers grow and evolve, and has tried to understand their potential, I believe at this point, and so do the other judges, that there still is a spark, an idea, a talent and potential that Johnny has … and we want to see more from him.
Let’s wait and see…