Project Runway -- Q&A with Nina Garcia + Tim Gunn

Monday, October 22, 2012

As some of you might know, Project Runway season 10's winner is Dmitry Sholokhov. The guest judge at the finale show was the beautiful Jennifer Hudson. It was a tough decision since fellow competitors Christopher, Melissa, and Fabio also had strong designs with various points of views.

Well, if you've been following my blog for awhile, you know that my blog has been part of this season's Project Runway network -- where I had the amazing opportunities to interview designers and bring you content! I'm thankful to be a part of it and excited that I was also able to guest post on the Project Runway blog :) Unfortunately, this particular season is now over so this final post from me on Project Runway ends with a special Q&A with both Nina Garcia & Tim Gunn! (I split them in two, so it would be easier to read.)
Read below for Nina Garcia's interview :)

Q: The judges seem to be very divided on the final four designers in their collections that they showed for the samples, so how do you guys—I mean the complete collections are going to be different but how did you guys go about deciding a winner based on those differences you guys felt for the samples?

N. Garcia: We battled it out.  No, you know what, here’s a little hint.  I think the pre-show to the finale was a wakeup call to the designers, and what you’ll see is that at the finale they really step it up and there will be a clear and definite winner, and I think it was unanimous to be honest with you.  I mean yes it was a struggle because each of them kind of came back with their best game, but I think there was a real solid winner.  It wasn’t so much of a disagreement towards the finale or at least I didn’t think so.  For me there was a very clear winner.

Q: Jennifer Hudson is the guest judge for the finale, so what was that like having her voice and opinion as part of that decision?

N. Garcia: Well you know it was great to have Jennifer; she is a celebrity herself.  She has walked the red carpet many times.  It’s always interesting to have a celebrity’s point-of-view, and very timely when she is also coming out with a line of clothes herself.  So she’s in that midst of producing clothes and understanding what women need in their wardrobe, so I thought it was, you know, a very timely invitation.

Q: So for the first part of the finale you all had pointed out how poorly styled all these models were, and I was wondering do you think that there’s lots of talented fashion designers that tend to have styling problems or is it just the case of inexperience with this crop of people?

N. Garcia: No.  I think, you know, that is something that designers—real designers—deal with all the time, and at the end I think that is a service that the designers that have enough resources use the stylists especially for that because they will turn out a more polished and concise message.  It is hard to do, it is hard to make clothes, and then—I mean it’s a skill set onto itself, the whole styling, and the whole presentation of a show.  So to answer your question and go back to your question, it is not just a problem that these designers on Project Runway deal with; it’s across the board.  Any new and upcoming designer or any designer that is coming out and does not have the resources to have that service has to be, you know, very resourceful and be able to do it themselves.

Q: And I’m not sure how well Project Accessory was received, but do you think that a show like Project Stylist would be well received by Project Runway fans?  Would you think that would be an interesting show that you would want to watch?

N. Garcia: I certainly do.  I think it would be a great idea.

Q: What qualities do you think the winning collections on Project Runway tend to share?

N. Garcia: You know, it has to be a stand out collection; it has to have creativity.  At the same time it has to have wearability because this is something that you want to aspire to have but at the same time be able to see yourself wearing it.  So those are my two.  When I see the winning collection that’s what I am looking for, that it is creative, meaning that I haven’t seen it before, that it comes from a place of authenticity from the designer, it’s their own point-of-view, it’s something that, at a glance you can tell who it’s from, but all-in-all that it’s creative and that it’s wearable.  That women will be able to identify with it.  Retailers are going to be interested in buying it.  You know these are clothes that are for a store.  You know at the end of the day clothes are meant to be in a store; they’re not for a museum.

Q: What did you see from each of the finale designers that made you think that they were the ones to watch?

N. Garcia: Well I mean they all brought very different things to the table.  We’ll start with Fabio; Fabio is one of those very conceptual, modern designers.  He comes from a very organic place.  Really, you know, thinking outside of the box always.  That’s what I appreciated about his designs, you know that very conceptual, organic, out-of-the-box aesthetics.

Dmitry has a very different approach.  Dmitry is very architectural.  He likes to play in geometry.  Technically he is very skilled as a tailor, and he has a very sophisticated hand.

Christopher is also very technically skilled as a tailor.  He has a wonderful way to deal with lightness, making garments look very light when they’re not, especially the fabrics.  He has a very beautiful hand with fabrics and makes them look very light, and he also works with prints very nicely, so I love that about Christopher.  And his clothes looked expensive.

Melissa loves separates, and I think that is so important when you’re putting together a collection, the ability to work with separates as opposed to just, you know, a dress.  She lives in the world of separates.  She has a very easy and urban attitude to her clothes, and they’re very Melissa; Melissa designs for a young girl like herself.

Q: What did you first think when you were approached to actually be a judge on Project Runway and what made you say yes?

N. Garcia: I thought it was a crazy idea.  I thought nobody would be interested in fashion.  I was a little skeptical, but what made me do it I knew Heidi very well having worked with her on many projects before, and I knew Michael very well.  I knew we had good company.  Heidi brought the model perspective having worked in this industry for so long; Michael his designer perspective having a phenomenal career as a designer; and I brought more of an editorial perspective.  When I really saw all that kind of come together I thought, “Okay.  Fine.  This makes sense.”  And, of course, let’s not forget Tim Gunn who was perfect and is a perfect mentor.

Q: I love what you wear on the show.  How do you choose what to wear on Project Runway?

N. Garcia: I choose what I feel comfortable wearing, and what will look good on TV.  I try to keep in mind what looks good on TV and makes me feel comfortable, which not always goes hand-in-hand, but I try my best.

Q: Have you ever had times when the guest judge is not helpful or maybe even make the judging process harder?

N. Garcia: Yes that has happened.  I will not name names but some guest judges come on and they decide to not really speak their mind or they—what can I say they are skeptical about really hurting peoples’ feelings, but this is a show where it’s about giving them constructive criticism.  It’s about helping them through your observations.  I’ve never been of the school to tell them something just to help ease the blow.  You are there to really help them, mentor them, help them grow, and some judges feel very uncomfortable with doing that.

Q: Over ten seasons of the show we’ve seen some heartbreaking elimination.  If you could go back are there any decisions that you would change?

N. Garcia: No not really.  I mean I know that sometimes what has happened in the past is that we will see footage—the judges, I’m speaking on the judges side—we will be at home, and we will be watching a personality that is despicable, and we’ve given them a very good review because as judges we don’t see what happens behind the scenes.  And had I known how this person behaved or what he said or what she said in this work room or to somebody that would have swayed my perception of them, but in the end when I think about it I am only there to judge them on their clothes not on their personalities and not what they do in this work room.  

I feel very confident in all the judgments that we have made.  We don’t receive any information.  We don’t see what happens behind the scene.  We don’t get any of that.  We watch it as judges in real time when the audience is watching it at home.  I feel like we are not biased by any personalities.  I mean yes we grow to know these designers through the season or through the show, but we don’t get to see the behind the scenes so that doesn’t even filter in to our deliberations about them.

Q: Which is your favorite season?

N. Garcia: The very first season just because it was you know like your baby.  The first season it was just so unexpected and we were all creating such a phenomenal show without even realizing it and it really came from a place of genuine interest for all of us; for Heidi, for Michael, for Tim, for myself, and I think that’s why it struck such a cord.

Q: Which Project Runway designer clothes have you worn yourself? 

N. Garcia: I’ve worn some Christina Siriano.  I, of course, wore the winning look for the Marie Claire’s challenge – Kimberly.  I’ve worn some pieces here and there.

Q: Based on your feelings earlier in the season were you at all surprised by who made it to the finale?

N. Garcia: You know what yes.  Yes I was surprised who made it to the finale because if you had asked me that question at the beginning of the season I would have pointed out two other characters that kind of lost aim throughout the process.  The other thing that was very distracting is that we had some very colorful personalities starting this season, and literally that was very distracting because when you have that kind of personality then it turns the shift.  It’s all about that personality, and it kind of clouds other people’s work so that at the beginning was a little you know confusing.  But I think that as the show goes on and you see the people’s work and you see their skill set and you see their determination and you see how tenacious they are with their work ethic you start to see the clear winners.

Q: You were speaking earlier about styling and something that I’ve noticed this season is something that you speak and point out is that this piece or style does not look expensive.  What can a designer do to make a garment look more expensive or luxe for the stylist?

N. Garcia: Well, you know it’s about the combinations.  It’s about the finishing of the clothes.  It’s about the fabrics that they choose.  I think especially when they are working with such limited resources.  We don’t give them a lot of money to go shop at Mood.  It’s interesting to keep that luxe feeling.  I’m always stressing it needs to look finished.  It needs to look well put together.  It needs to feel expensive even if it’s not.  That is a reality that we are living in right now where we can buy things that are fashionable and that are good and not necessarily need to cost a lot of money.  It just needs to look well-made.

Q: Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in auditioning for the show?

N. Garcia: Sure.  Put together a very concise collection or portfolio of your collection.  Be very motivated and focused and articulate when you present it.

Q: Who do you think is the most innovative designer to emerge from all the seasons of the show?

N. Garcia: That’s a hard question.  I mean they’re really so different and there have been so many of them I would not be able to tell you one in particular.  It’s hard.

Q: Top three?

N. Garcia: Well, I think Christian is doing very well.  I think there are some that did not necessarily win and have done very well on their own quietly.  Yeah.  You know for example Chloe Dao has got a phenomenal ….  She was a winner but it’s not in the same vein as Christian Siriano.  And then there is another designer from a previous season that did not win and her clothes sell at … and she’s an evening wear designer who’s doing very well.

Q: Do you stay in touch with any of the designers from any of the past seasons?

N. Garcia: Yes.  They sometimes come to the magazine.  They will show me their collections.  Yes a lot of them reach out so we do stay in touch with some of them.  Some more than others but you know.

Q: And what do you owe to the show’s long-time success?  I mean I know you still have the same—you, Heidi, and Michael from the original seasons.  What do you attribute to all sticking together and the show being around for so long?

N. Garcia: I think there’s great chemistry between the judges.  I think we are coming from a place of real genuine care for the talent and betterment of the designers and that shows.  It comes from a good place; it comes from a place of—I don’t know.  I just think we all have very genuine interest for these designers to work, and we appreciate their work, and I think that that’s part of the success of the show, that authenticity comes across on TV. 

Q: And do you want to be part of the show for as long as it goes on?

N. Garcia: Well, we’ll see.  I’m not going to be there in a wheelchair.  I mean we joke about it that we’re going to be like 20 years from now, “Oh hi, Michael.  Please push my wheelchair.”

Q: Of course, on screen we see the judges’ deliberation take place in a quick minute and a half.  I’m guess it does not take that long in real life.  How long is the typical deliberation?

N. Garcia: God, the deliberation by itself takes I think a good two hours and you just little snippets of it.

Q: I’m wondering what you can tell us about season eleven.

N. Garcia: Well, a lot of surprises, good surprises.  I think you will enjoy it.  There’s not much to tell you that I can tell you right now.  Just that there will be some twists and turns and surprises in store but they’re all good.

 Scroll down below to see the interview with Tim Gunn.

Q: I had a question about Christopher Palu because I like him so much as a person and he’s a great designer but in his very first introduction video on Lifetime we learned that one of the things that he loves is fur, and I was wondering have you already or would you be willing to ever talk with him about this stance that he has?

T. Gunn: You know something I’ll be absolutely honest with you.  I have nothing against non-transparent.  I didn’t know that.  I actually may have just seen an edited version of that.  I didn’t know about his interest in fur.  It’s never once come up in a conversation with him, but were it to I would certainly—I mean I’m very respectful of people’s life and proclivity.  However, I would suggest that he visits the PETA website and also the—oh, I’m drawing a blank.  It’s Amanda Hearst’s big charity.  Anyway, I would suggest that he just see another point of view.  With so many options for fur these days, so many faux fur options I just profoundly believe that it’s entirely unnecessary and frankly rather vulgar.  

Q: Is the winning collection the one that you were hoping would win?

T. Gunn: I have to tell you this season I—not that I don’t always feel close to the designers but this was a really difficult season.  It was as though it was always stormy, as though there was a rain cloud over that work room, and accordingly I was able to explore levels or dimensions of emotions with these designers that I really hadn’t fully explored with the finalists in previous season.  I have to say I was rooting for all of them.  This is not a Miss America response; I want to assure you.  I would have been happy with any of the designers winning, any of the final four winning.

Q:Is there one or two from over the ten years that have just really stood out to you that you always think back on and think, “Oh that was unusual or that was especially great”?

T. Gunn: I think most of them are wonderful.  The ones that stand out for me are the ones that aren’t so great.  I mean one of the worst was edited in such a way that you wouldn’t know it and it was probably for lots of reason.  I think to people all the time the editing of the show was kind to everyone, kind, and the home visit that was so dramatically edited was Gretchen, the winner of season eight.  Her mother—I mean we’re playing crochet—you don’t see any of this in the edit—and her mother kept knocking my crochet ball across the street into the traffic so I had to run across the street and retrieve it.  I’d bring it back and she’d slam it again.  It was so hostile and angry I couldn’t believe it and I thought, “Well, the mess doesn’t fall from the tree.”

Q:I just was wondering, we saw in an episode this season where the judges consulted you on one of the looks for Ven and I was just wondering, but do the judges consult you usually before they make a decision?

T. Gunn: No.  I have to tell you what happened is unprecedented.  I’ve never done that before and I have to tell you our director Craig came to me afterwards and he said, “Well, first of all I don’t know why you did that and secondly this is never going to end up in the show.”  And I said, “Well, I’ll tell you why I did it and I agree that it would never end up in the show.”  I had a very dastardly motivation and my motivation was oh good I can talk to judges and help Ven go home this challenge.  And it didn’t work, and it ended up being Gunnar, and if I had known that I wouldn’t have agreed to talk to the judges.  

I’ve never done it before and Heidi asked.  I mean she often teases about it, which I have a red phone next to my chair so I can call Tim.  I mean I’m always there.  It’s not as though they can’t shout out to me but my refrain is, “Sorry, Heidi separation of church and state.”

Q:You’ve been on the show all ten seasons so do you have a favorite moment from this season?  

T. Gunn: I have a favorite moment with all of them and it’s the following:  it was the Babies R Us challenge.  It was coming into the work room with the wagon to retrieve the robot babies and tell the designers I was taking them to the park.  I’ve never experienced a more joyous moment from them ever.  I mean you would have thought that each one of them had just won the season.

Q:Do you think the challenges on Project Runway are getting more demanding on the designers each season?

T. Gunn: No.  I don’t think the challenges are more demanding.  I will say the dramatic turn for me and it’s been true the last several seasons but especially this past one the challenges are getting shorter.  This season (I think I’m correct) with the exception of one challenge (the last one) they were all one day challenges, and Heidi will occasionally talk to me off camera and ask, “Why doesn’t this work any better?”  And my response is give them more time.  I mean it’s really a matter of time more than anything else.  

I mean I think that they’re all very demanding, all the challenges, and I make my experience with each season of designers … this to my experience teaching and every semester I would have a whole new group of students with different DNA and different chemistry among them as a group, and that’s what you just don’t know when we launch a season of the show.  You just don’t know how the designers are going to respond to the challenges, how they’re going to respond to the ever increasing level of exhaustion both physical, emotion, creative, and mental exhaustion.  It’s really daunting.  

On the one hand the longer they stay on the show hurray congratulations.  On the other hand can I please go home?  It’s really very demanding.

T. Gunn: Is your perception that the challenges have become more difficult?

Q: Not just the challenges, the time crunch.  

T. Gunn: Oh yeah.  And I actually am quite serious about it.  I always say to the designers this challenge begins and ends at Mood.  If you can’t fashion work for me you don’t have what you need or the ingredients aren’t correct you’re really in trouble, and it’s harder to pull out of that.

Q: I guess you’re going to have to make sure the next designers know that very well.

T. Gunn: Well, actually I had a very serious talk with them the first time we went to Mood (this seasons group of designers) about … issues having to do with time constraints and materials.  I mean for instance why if you’ve never use a silk chamois before why would you choose it?  I mean it’s incredibly difficult to work with.  Work with things that you’re familiar with and that you feel you have command over as opposed to things that are ruling you and dictating to you.  It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

Q: You always tell the contestants to use the accessory wall thoughtfully.  How important is accessorizing to the impact of a garment when it hits the runway?

T. Gunn: Well, to hear the judges talk about it it’s the most important thing in the world.  I mean generally speaking I’ll just be blunt I feel that they’re an enhancement, the accessories are, to whatever the garment is and the same with the hair and makeup is, but for me it’s all about that garment.  Unless the accessorizing is an extraordinary distraction in a bad way I would never comment on it at all, but the judges seem to have a very different take.  They are times when it’s all they talk about is the accessorizing, and I just want to say be quiet, look at the clothes.

Q:Excellent.  And do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about auditioning for the show?

T. Gunn: Yes.  Being who you are because as you present yourself as someone you’re not then the likelihood that you can sustain that on the show is unlikely.  Just be who you are and be proud of that and don’t be someone you think that the producers or the judges will want to have on the show.  Just be who you are.

Q:Nina was saying earlier that some of the contestants just run out of steam throughout the course of the season.

T. Gunn: It’s true.  Yes, Nina is right.

Q: What are the qualities that you think make or break a contestant?

T. Gunn: I mean I can give you a whole list.  What the unknown quantity is here is how—it’s something I mentioned a little earlier—how will each individual designer respond to the pressures of being on the show.  You just don’t know.  I mean qualities that are important are, of course, experience with the technical know-how, a strong point-of-view, strong ability to conceptualize, tenacity, a strong bladder, and a lot of self-confidence and self-confidence has to be tempered with an ability to listen and synthesize.  And I would also say it’s important to have a strong knowledge of fashion history.  I think it’s very important, especially (going back to Nina) with Nina because she’s constantly making references to the work of other designers and comparing the Project Runway designers work to those individuals, and if they don’t know who they are they’re really at a disadvantage.

Q: What’s the fashion risk that you’d like to see the designers take?  Is there something that you’ve ever not seen and you’re like, “Gosh, I just wish somebody would make that”?

T. Gunn: For me it’s more about what the individual designer’s point-of-view is and having them push the boundaries of that and explore further.  I’ll cite Anya, the winner of last season.  There were two moments on the show, two challenges when she really stepped up and away from those maxi dresses and did some beautiful tailoring, and I know it took her out of her comfort zone and she would still … but they were two of the best garments of the entire season, not just from her but from anyone.  

When the designers have kind of an epiphany about who they can be and they explore that and represent that work I’m thrilled and elated, but I never look at them and think, “Oh if only you would do X.”  And on the other hand, “If only you would do better work.”  But I have to say I’m just so in awe of what they actually do and in the time that they do it.  I mean it’s staggering.  I want to say to the judges, “You try doing this.  See how good your work would be.”

Q: How surprised were you at this stage that there weren’t really any designs with a huge wow factor for the judges?

T. Gunn: Oh you know I can be doom and gloomish {sic} about it and woeful.  I mean quite frankly we get to a point in the season where I’m just happy anything is walking down that runway.  The designers are so done at the end.  I mean I’m very much their advocate and their champion and their cheerleader and their defense attorney so when the judges go after them I want to stand up and shout, but I won’t pretend that there were big wow moments this season.

Q:What were you really thinking when you had that moment of silence at Fabio’s place?

T. Gunn: I thought it was one of the worst collections of clothing that I’d ever seen in my entire life.  I was just mystified.  He’s so incredibly talented that that palette is so juvenile and so junior.  I was just mystified.  I mean to me he’s incredibly smart and incredibly knowledgeable and I thought maybe he was really, in a manner of speaking, pulling my leg and he was going to say, “Guess what this isn’t really it.”  I just don’t know what happened.  I was hugely relieved that he passed through the judges’ analysis last week, and I was especially pleased to hear the feedback that the judges gave him because it was so similar to what I gave him when I had the home visit.  You’ll find out tomorrow whether he listened or not.

Q: Which season ten finale collection surprised you the most at your home visit?

T. Gunn: Oh Fabio’s without question.

Q:Yeah what did you think of his plastic canvas accessories?

T. Gunn: Actually I liked them. They were collaboration with an artist that Fabio found online.  I don’t know whether people know that.

Q:As long as whatever he paid comes out of the budget right?

T. Gunn: Yes.  No we explored that.  I think those days—or at least I hope those days are long behind us but that really has not been an issue thankfully.

Q:That’s great.  Who would you love to see as your dream finale judge?

T. Gunn: Oh you know who I would love to see as a finale judge?  Meryl Steep. And I’d love to hear how Meryl Streep talks about clothes, quite frankly.

Q:Which is your favorite season?

T. Gunn: Oh boy, you know, it’s like each successful semester of classes I have.  Whatever I’m in the thick of it’s always my favorite, and as I said earlier, there is a lot of emotion tied up for me in season ten because the designers were so grumpy and gloomy.  I mean I’d be out of the work room and there would be this audible sign of like oh, God he’s here again, and I would just say to them, “You know I’m coming in and out of this room all day.  You know it so just face up to it that’s the way it is.”  But I was mystified by it.  It’s like come on people, you’ve seen the show.

Q: Tim, what can you tell us about season eleven?

T. Gunn: I can’t tell you a thing except that there will be one.

Q: Okay.  And besides Project Runway what else are you working on?

T. Gunn: Oh, God, what am I not working on.  God, what am I in the middle of, everything.  I’m writing my Marie Claire column and I’m doing my voice-overs for Sophia the First or Disney Channel Animation that’s coming out this coming month or in November.  It’s really adorable.  It’s a wonderful feel-good animation.  What else am I doing?  I don’t know.  I’m running around doing a lot of things including starting work on a new book. I’m so proud of the Fashion Bible though.  I’m just so thrilled with its success and its had great reviews and it’s gratifying when you put that much work into something and people actually respond positively.

Q:Do you think we’re going to be surprised by tomorrow night’s outcome, Tim?

T. Gunn: Well, I never make any assumptions about who is going to win.  The judges are constantly surprising me so I go in to it with a certain—well, I don’t.  I mean this season, as I said earlier, it could have been any of them and I would have been happy.  I will say though I have not been particularly happy with the outcome of the last couple of season, and I don’t want to denigrate Anya but I thought Viktor Luna’s collection was definitively stronger and I was stunned that he didn’t win.  And this season I was enormously happy with the outcome so I hope everyone else is, enormously happy.

Q: Do you think this final four were the best four designers of the whole season?

T. Gunn: Yes.  I’ll say that without hesitation, yes.  I really do.  The cream really does rise; it just does.  I mean am I sorry to see certain designers go?  Oh of course but no this is a strong group.

Q: Do you keep in touch with any of the designers from this or the past seasons?

T. Gunn: I keep in touch with them as much as they want to keep in touch with me.  I certainly don’t force myself upon them and a lot of them do reach out, and I’m always very please, especially when they want me to see their work.  Yes as much as they want but they have a big alumni association now, big.

Q:Do you kind of help mentor them when they do reach out to you?

T. Gunn: If I’m available and I’m here in New York or wherever they are certainly sure.

Q:I’d love to get your perspective now that the season is over on the designers who bailed early this season, Andrea and Kooan.  I’d love to hear what you think that made the season better, worse, what were your thoughts on that?

T. Gunn: Well, on the topic of Andrea I was totally and completely and thoroughly mystified.  She’s a fashion teacher.  Why would she bolt in this way?  Just in terms of quality of character what does it say about being a quitter, especially when you’re a teacher?  A teacher is kind of mentoring young people; not kind of you are and to just quit and walk out like that I was mystified.  We gave her the opportunity to come back and tell her side of the story, to talk about why she left and she wouldn’t do it so I just thought what a weak sister.

On the topic of Kooan— I called it our Japanese Maple—he was on the threshold of leaving from the moment he walked into the work room, and it was just a matter of when.  As a matter of fact, that morning we were at Michael Kors’ boutique for the challenge and I was told that he wasn’t coming.  So we had two designers to talk to the other designers about, but then of course he did come and we’re back in the work room after Mood and he just dropped this bomb and says he’s leaving.  I mean I’m always there.  I’m always on the other side of the work room wall so of course I bolted in and there was no reason to talk him off the ledge.  It was kinder just to say, “Fine.  You can go.”  But it was certainly a surprise.

And regrettably when this leaving is set in motion you worry about all the other designers.  Are they just going to say when the going gets tough we’re going to get going?  Because there was talk of leaving from a number of them, and thankfully no one else did leave, but it was dicey.

Q:Do you think that those departures played in to that feeling of doom and gloom that you felt during the season in the work room?

T. Gunn: I actually think that those two factors are inextricable.  I really believe that it’s like the chicken and the egg; it’s hard to say which came first but they were partners in the whole season.  It was very peculiar and hopefully will never happen again.

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Unknown said...

ahh I love project runway!! that's so cool that you got to take part in this :)
xx mili

Veronica Lee said...

Ooo!!! This is sooo cool! I'm a big fan of the show! Great interview!


awesome interviews!


♥ Ellen

VintageDanielle said...

Very cool Q&A. I'm such a huge fan of this show so anytime I can read more about the cast, I'm thrilled.

The Squishy Monster said...

{Don't shoot me} I've never watched this show :/ but I thank you for showcasing some of the high points, it looks really interesting!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

sonia // daring coco said...

What an awesome post and opportunity to be part of something so amazing as PR! I'd love to meet Tim Gunn one day, sigh!


Unknown said...

Great post!!

Really love your style and posts!!

A blog like this deserves following!

Hope to see you back on mine for a peek :)



Annie said...

Such great interviews, and what an awesome experience!

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Cafe Fashionista said...

What fabulous interviews, Audrey! You are so lucky to have had this opportunity! LOVE Nina and Tim!! :)

Susie said...

SO cool that you've gotten to do all these interviews – you did a great job on these! I'm glad you asked Tim Gunn about fur and Christopher Palu.

Sea and Swank

Elizabeth said...

That is really so cool! I love Tim Gunn, I bet he was even more fantastic in person!


Unknown said...

just found ur blog *love* -- GREAT interviews - great post!

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Adeline Yang said...

i think reading the interviews is very inspiring because we can see from what the judges see... it's interesting. thanks for sharing!

bridechic said...

Audrey this is absolutely a splendid interview. I just started watching Season 10 on Netflix. Lots of unique talent this year!

Paulina said...

Great photos :)

lizchewy said...

This interview is very interesting to read! It's so cool that you got to be a part of Project Runway!! I used to watch the earlier seasons religiously but I haven't been keeping up with newer seasons. I think I am going to catch up on the show now ^-^


Diana Abaroa said...

wow, this is so cool, I bet this was a great opportunity for you, thumbs up girl!!! Have a great day!! :)

Always Maylee said...

Awesome interview! LOVE Tim Gunn! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

SunDriven said...

You have an amazing blog!,

Emily said...

That is so awesome! I love them both!

Anonymous said...

Wow ! You got to interview them !!

we are your new readers so did not know bout the tie-up. But will make sure to read the guest post on Project Runway Blog ! Excited !

Much Love
The Heiress Blog

Unknown said...

lovely blog <3

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I was looking forward to this post ever since I heard about it on FB. I love how honest Tim Gunn is in this interview about consulting with the judges beforehand. It's good to see that after 10 cycles!

Unknown said...

Fab post! Thorough;y enjoyed reading it!

Unknown said...

Love them both--so fun to read their interviews!

xo Mary Jo

Amy's Fashion Blog said...

great post

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings said...

Awesome interview! I just love Tim Gunn so much! Great questions!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Unknown said...

great post!!!
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noone said...

lovely interviews, and Tim Gunn is great, that show is pretty addictive to watch haha

Stephanie said...

Very cool interviews!

Rebecca Miriam said...

thank you!
cool interviews :)

xx, rebecca

Cravingforbarneys said...

Amazing interviews!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Audrey,

How wonderful that you got to do this! Love project runway but did not watch this series - thanks for sharing the interesting interviews.

Have a good week

Unknown said...

Hello Audrey-This is an absolutely fabulous interview post. I am a big fan of Project Runaway-how amazing that had such a role in this season.
Thanks for your stop by my blog Stylemindchic and your kind comments.
Super stylish blog you have here and I enjoy following you.
Cheers, Heather

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Wonderful interviews!

Petite Side Of Style said...

Thank you for the comment.

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A said...

Very insightful to read :)

Unknown said...

Wow this is great, and insightful. Thanks for sharing, love project runway, and we really think this season was a difficult one. Love Jennifer Hudson's outfit too.


Jacy said...

I can't believe you got to interview them!! Great questions and great post!


Aurélie and Angelo said...

Wow, that's awesome! Great interview, great post! xxx

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