So what other projects are you working on?
I have a fabric line coming out which I’m really busy with now. I guess it’ll be in stores next spring. I designed the print, the pattern on the fabric. I worked with a company called Westminster Fibers. I’m designing for them under my own name. What is it, like 60 different fabrics? So that will be pretty exciting. It’s like cotton for a more cultured, crafter’s world, like, the artsy girls who make cute little tote bags or little outfits. It’s perfect for that. So I’m excited about that which is nice because it kind of gets back to where I started in my fashion career and that’s that I just love fabric and color and I didn’t like the bullshit of the fashion industry so it’s kind of getting back to my roots a little bit. So yeah, that’s that and I’m teaching at Philadelphia University, which is fun.
What else is going on? Oh, and my website. I’m putting out new products on there for the holiday so I’m working on fashion production here in the States, so that’s exciting. We’re going to do accessories and men’s and women’s clothing, just a couple pieces. I’ve always been more interested in menswear than womenswear anyway, but I’ve kind of been pigeonholed into this role of women’s fashion. We need some good stuff for guys because as we go through the years, guys are becoming more and more accepting of fun shit.
Where do you shop?
I shop at Old Navy which I love and thrift stores and that’s it.
Who are your fashion role models?
Um, I think I only like Alexander McQueen. That’s probably it. And Todd Oldham, too. Todd Oldham always made fun clothes and he was very American and graphic and fun and colorful and he had a high point in the ‘90s and did House of Style and then moved to a tree house in Pennsylvania and designed some furniture, hosted his show [Top Design] and he’s really casual and nobody expects much from him but they’re delighted to see him and I always thought that was nice.
You also appeared on an episode of Project Runway this past season. If you wanted to distance from yourself from the show, do you think you shouldn’t be on it again?
I know that my website sales will spike that week if I go on TV so that’s why I do it. It’s marketing, just point blank. It’s fun for me. I’m a really large part of the history of the show and I’m going to support it as much as I feel like I want to. I also know that it keeps me out there. I can’t just go fucking hide in a cave somewhere and expect people to be interested in me anymore so I know that it’s marketing. But it’s also fun. It’s fun marketing. I got to meet the cast before anyone did and I got to see their work and find out all the dirt, which is fun.