On last week's episode of Project Runway, the designers created cocktail dresses with their models as clients. This week, the party continued as the designers were challenged to construct outfits for a night out on the town using the city of New York as their muse. The contestants were broken up into four groups and dropped off in different parts of the city. With digital cameras in tow and the city at their fingertips, the groups snapped away and frantically searched for the perfect source of inspiration to draw upon to capture the essence of this wildly eclectic city.As is usually the case, some thrived and attained the ever-so-elusive WOW-factor, while others floundered, making it almost impossible to predict who would take the win and who would be out. In the end, the judges, with guest judge Sandra Bernhard, gave the win to Kenley's 80's inspired frock and sent Emily and her puzzling ruffled frock packing. I just spoke to the latest bootee for her take on what went down. Read on to see what she had to say about regrets, going home, the other designers' work, and what's up next.
Stylehive: What were your thoughts on this challenge?
Emily: Well when Heidi said we were going out for a night on the town, we were all very excited, we were all going a little stir-crazy so the chance to get out and have a night on the town was very exciting. And then when we saw goulashes and ponchos we were a little disappointed, but then when we saw the bus we were excited, so it€™s such a roller-coaster. There were so many things going through my mind, I mean I really wanted to capture a picture that I thought reflected the beauty and energy of the city and I think the picture that I took did that. And then it was- okay how am I gonna make this into a design that€™s gonna translate into some wow-factor€™ something that€™s both wearable and beautiful and something that you stand behind. Stylehive: After hearing the judges€™ criticisms, did you think you would be the one to go?
Emily: You know, I€™m still surprised that I€™m the one that went home, especially after last night; I€™m like €˜oh man, I can€™t believe I went home!€™ When it was the two of us up there, after they had let Keith go, I kind of looked in their eyes and I saw it right there and I knew that I was the one that was going home. Stylehive: Would you have done anything differently?
Emily: Of course, I mean I would have made a different dress, I would have won the challenge, I€™d be going to fashion week in September and I would be the winner! Shoulda, woulda, couldas is not a game I like to play. I made that dress, I still think that it€™s a beautiful dress- my model told me that all of the other models wanted to buy it. So they€™re my customers- young gorgeous girls, that€™s who wears my stuff, so that was a really big compliment. But it was definitely a bummer that I went home so early, I have a lot more range to show. Stylehive: What did you think of the other designers€™ looks?
Emily: You couldn€™t really see Korto€™s design- it was so detailed in real life, she put a lot of work into it and it didn€™t read from the runway because it was all black, so that was a bummer because I was like €˜oh man, that jumpsuit is so gorgeous! And you can€™t see how much detail is in it.€™ I thought that Leanne€™s was really beautiful, and I thought that should have been the winning look last night. I did the Andy Cohen Show last night with Sandra Bernhard and she was saying that she really wanted Terri to win, like that was her choice hands down, so they were like €˜we want Kenley€™ and she€™s like €˜no, I want Terri to win.€™ So you just never know if it€™s like the judge or the group or the producers- it€™s a lot of cooks in the kitchen.
Stylehive: So what can we expect to see from you in the future?
Emily: More of my beautiful collection- Smoke & Mirrors- you can go to the website, it€™s smokeandmirrorsclothing.com, there€™s a list of stores where my stuff is sold. Michelle and I have been doing this collection for about a year and half; we€™re working on our fourth season right now for Spring €™09. And that€™s it- the real stuff that you want to be seeing girls wearing down the street. We€™re based in LA and I€™ve been handling all the sales, so we€™re looking for a showroom that€™s the right match and East Coast representation for sure, an investor- we have kind of a big wish list!