Was anyone shocked that Michael Knight won the fan favorite award? I was more surprised to read yesterday that someone named an elementary school after our Brainiac in Chief, Prezzy Bush! (Is that fitting, or what?) I spoke to Michael around 6pm yesterday as NYC went from a summer day to a crispy fall evening.
YOU'RE IN NEW YORK RIGHT NOW, RIGHT?
Yes. I'm in a hotel and me, Jeffrey, and Uli are all staying next to each other.
THAT'S FUN. IS IT NICE TO BE HERE IN NYC AS A SUPERSTAR?
Yeah, I have just been hanging out with some of my friends. I wasn't expecting anyone to notice me in this huge city, but I've had a few good sightings.
WHAT QUALIFIES AS A GOOD SIGHTING?
Just when people say they love you and love your work and you've inspired them and have motivated them. That's so cool.
FAN FAVORITE, HUH? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?
It felt really good. It's so cool that the fans like me and understand my work. No matter what any of the designers say or what anyone thinks, I think it's a testament to who I am as a person and people understanding me. I think also I have some fans of my design aspect. I love to see my work accepted by the masses, which is what we all want as a designer. I hope those fans will turn into customers and clients!
WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY ABOUT THE OUTCOME -- WHAT WAS IT LIKE SHOWING AT BRYANT PARK?
It was amazing to show at Bryant Park. We showed the same day as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Jay McCarroll! I've always known I would show there but I was so excited to see it actually happen. I was doing it!
YOU MET BRANDY BEFORE THE RUNWAY SHOW, RIGHT?
Right, she came backstage and showed me some love and said she was a fan of mine and my work. She even offered me a job as her stylist which was cool. I do that in addition to design, so that was great. For someone like Brandy who's a celebrity who's been in some of the best designer's clothing to want to work with me, that says a lot about my work. She has good taste, and that's great to see.
WILL YOU TAKE HER UP ON THAT TO DO STYLING FOR HER?
It's open right now. Right now I am living this Runway moment so when the 18th comes I will figure it out from there. She left it open to me so we will stay in contact. I have the number so I can give her a call when I'm ready.
AND HAVE YOU CALLED HER YET?
Um, no I haven't because I've been so busy. I've sent a few messages but nothing more. I'm still busy with the show. Not yet.
SHE'S SINGLE, I THINK....
(long pause) Is she?