I THINK SO.
Ok... Well ,what about Heidi for you?
I DON'T THINK THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN.
Oh, because she's married. What about (Runway Producer) Jane Cha?
THAT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN EITHER.
JANE IS NOT MY TYPE.
HER BROTHER, MAYBE...
Oh! OK, Andy... I get it!
OK I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT NOW.... I HAVE TO ASK, WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET BRACES RIGHT NOW, BEFORE COMING TO BRYANT PARK AND HAVING THE BIGGEST AUDIENCE TO DATE? YOU HAVE NICE TEETH!
I don't have nice teeth! I was already in the beginning stages of the process before I left to shoot the show in May. The day I was supposed to come to NYC was the day I had an appointment originally. I was working on this beforehand. It's no big deal, they're just braces. I'm secure with myself and what I look like. I'm handsome without them and handsome with them!
I HUNG OUT WITH YOUR PARENTS AT THE WRAP PARTY... THEY WERE SO COOL. HAVE YOU EVER DESIGNED ANYTHING FOR THEM TO WEAR?
Not my father just because I can never catch him. He's so busy and stuff. I have done some things for my mom. I've made her some pretty little tops and some dresses. And I've done a few things for my sisters.
NOW THAT THE SHOW IS ALMOST ALL OVER, I WANT TO BUY A PAIR OF THOSE SEERSUCKER CARGOS FROM YOU, OK?
Ok, that's cool. Not a problem. Those shouldn't take me long at all.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO MAKE A PAIR OF PANTS?
Those will probably take about five hours maybe. Maybe a little more. There's a lot of detail in those slacks. If they were simpler, I could do it in about three hours.
WOULD YOU BE OFFENDED IF I ASKED FOR THEM WITHOUT THE STRAPPY STRAPS?
Nope, not at all. Those were just something that was MY flavor. Those were pretty well made. I do a lot of men's stuff as well.
OK SO IF ANYONE ELSE WANTED TO BUY SOME CARGOS OR SOME PAM GRIER INSPIRED HOT PANTS FROM YOU, HOW CAN THEY DO IT?
Right now there's no way just because I can't handle the volume right now on my own. Once the show is over there will be more information. There'll be a website and more after the show ends. Come to Atlanta and look me up and we can get it moving that way! When you release yourself to the nation and put a collection out there you need to be able to supply the volume. People are always asking, so I am putting the balls into motion so I can facilitate all that.
WAIT A MINUTE -- I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR YOU... HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SEERSUCKER HOTPANTS!?!?!?!
Um. I actually have done those before.
Yeah, about three seasons ago I did a collection with a lot of seersucker and paisley. I did some nice seersucker short pants with a tuxedo top. That's the stuff people will get to see once my website is up. People are used to seeing all one thing from me but I have my interests in so many things. That's who my client is. They're not the type of woman that wants to wear sportswear all the time. Some days she wants to be a sexpot and sometimes demure and all that. I have so much in my collection and I address all those types of feels and looks. My fanbase understands that and sees that. The response I've been getting for the dress I designed on the show last week has been great. So people DO get what I do. I'm bringing sexy back, as Justin Timberlake says. I'm bored with the chiffon and I am ready for the woman to be a woman now.
ULI TOLD ME THERE IS A ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE CALLED THE PLAYBOY ROOM... WHAT HAPPENS THERE?
Yes. The Playboy Room. Things that playboys do! You tell me what you think playboys do, Andy. It's really just a party room in my house. There's a cool deck of Playboy cards that I mounted on the wall. I love the Playboy lifestyle and all that Hugh Hefner did. It's all about that lifestyle, just having fun and doing what you want to do. I can't wait to invite Uli over to check it out! She always mentions the Playboy room.
OK ONE LAST QUESTION MICHAEL -- THE WORLD WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A GIRLFRIEND.
No one wants to know if I have a girlfriend. YOU are the only person who ever asks me that question! NO ONE CARES ANDY!
I'M THE ONLY THAT HAS THE GUTS TO ASK YOU!
Everyone else cares how great a designer I am. You want to know. Seriously, YOU want to know, the WORLD doesn't, YOU do!
OK, I DO! I DO WANT TO KNOW!
I'm so busy with Project Runway right now, I just don't have time. You didn't get to meet my ex-girlfriend at the show did you?
I DID MEET HER. I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS SO COOL AND KIND OF DARING THAT YOUR EX WAS THERE.
Why, you're not friends with your exes?
YES, I AM ACTUALLY.
OK, then you do get it. It was important that she be there. It was a big day.
MICHAEL AND I THEN WENT OFF THE RECORD AND DIDN'T FINISH THE INTERVIEW. HE DID SAY THAT HE WAS GOING OVER TO LAURA'S TO WATCH THE REUNION SHOW AND HAD A BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF GOING ON WHILE HE'S IN NYC. WHO DOESN'T LOVE MICHAEL KNIGHT?! WHO?