Exclusive Interview: Blayne Walsh of 'Project Runway'
Exclusive Interview: Blayne Walsh of 'Project Runway'
Perhaps no one was more surprised at Blayne's elimination last night on Project Runway than Blayne himself.  The challenge was to, in teams, create a design that represented a zodiac sign.  Blayne and the other designers presented their garments at the Museum of Natural History for former Project Runway contestants and then on the runway for the judges.  In a double elimination, Blayne was sent home along with Terri.  Today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview, opening up about his feelings on the judges, which designer has impressed him, and life after Project Runway.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.


Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV and today I'm talking to Blayne from Project Runway. Can you tell me a little bit about your background in fashion design and how you got started?

I just kind of started, fashion design was the right area for me. I was really into drawing, into fashion, all that stuff.  I'm a designer for this athletic street wear, it's kind of this up and coming athletic wear that is going to be very versatile, very high end, so that's a big deal, and it's going to be a really cool line.


Is the first year that you tried out for Project Runway?


Yes, it is.


What made you decide to do this? Did you watch previous seasons?

Yeah, I'd watched previous seasons and was a fan, obviously. I was just kind of in a spot in my life where I was like, "What do I do?"  I watched the end of this last season, and it was never really presented to be able to do it before, I don't know why. It was so much easier this year so I was like, "Okay! Might as well take a whack at it."  I booked my trip to L.A. and tried out.


Which challenge was the toughest for you this season?


The toughest challenge for me was probably, I would have to say probably the car parts challenge.  It's so unconventional and so crazy and you're having to from working with normal fabric to off the wall crazy stuff, so it was like everything was flipped upside down.  So I think was really a huge challenge for me.


Is there one design you could single out that you made this season that you think really represented who you are as a designer?

I loved my Diane von Furstenberg design.  I'm more of a street wear/urban designer, so a lot of the stuff that you see on the show is me pushing myself and challenging myself outside of what I usually do, because I could never excel if I sent down another hoodie or a pair of jeans.  But I think the Diane von Furstenberg challenge was the most, when you look at it, that jacket and parachute pants is kind of more what I do.


Were you surprised that you were eliminated on last night's episode with the zodiac challenge?


I was surprised actually.  My biggest surprise was how me and Suede were kind of -- all the critique that Suede got, I -- Let me explain that.  They would say like, "Suede, you're not doing this, you're not doing this in the challenge."  And those are all the things I was doing, and those the things I met.  It was just really weird how it kind of flip flopped and contradicted itself, so it was very, very -- I don't even know what to say, I was in shock.


Well it was pretty obvious that Terri didn't agree with the judges' feedback, but you seemed to keep it more to yourself.  Is that in your personality to do that?

It's definitely my personality.  I mean, I stand up for myself but I also have a lot of respect.  I can't really do anything if they already made their decision, I'm not going to freak out because I think my stuff is ordered.  When it's my time to go, I'm going to make the best out of that and be thankful and appreciative. That's always just been my attitude.


Which designer that's left in the competition has really impressed you this season?


Leanne is incredible.  She's brilliant, I think she's going to go all the way.  She's not only a great designer, but she's very kind-hearted and level-headed and just a sweetheart, so I'm rooting for her.


What's in the future for you now, what are your plans?


I have a lot of exciting things happening.  I have a little line starting for my next big hoohah, and little side projects for a couple tanning salons and stuff.  I'm kind of dabbling in a lot of stuff, but you will definitely some upcoming fashions from me.


Great, thank you so much, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at fashion week.

Yeah, cool.


- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of Bravo)

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