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?
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?