Saturday, March 04, 2006
BPR Interview With Kara Janx
I think you have done a WONDERFUL job with BPR, thanks for your honesty!
Sorry I did not get this to you sooner....I have been working like a MANAIC.
Anyway, thanks for the interview and the LUV
1. Kara, we here at Blogging Project Runway are in universal agreement that your Fashion Week Collection was fabulous. (We're not even going to pretend that we haven't thoroughly scrutinized the still photos!) Did you receive the same budget as the other designers? How did you choose your models?
Thank you!I really loved doing that collection, it evolved so much over the course of the time I was working on it. I was thrilled by the end product, and it was so well received by the press and the public.
I received the same budget as the other designers, which was wonderful because it really allowed me to use all my resources.
I was at the same model casting as the Final 3, I was shoved in a corner(so that I would be hidden from camera), but I got to pick the models I wanted to use, the girls were absolutely STUNNING! and they did an amazing job. Thanks ladies
A few questions I have read on BPR regarding the 1.the 13th garment 2. whether I could help the other 3, and did I get assistance
I was informed at the same time as the 3, that in fact I too had to make a 13th garment, I could not receive assistance, and the other 3 could not choose me to assist them, I had to fit my models, last minute hems, buttons etc, as well as get a 13th garment on the runway.
The solution: I had a few garments mid development that I had to revisit, I decided on one to fully complete, and hence I had my 13th.
I had the same last minute time constraints, deadlines and otherwise as the rest. OMG super stressful!!!!!
2. Of course we love the hats. Are they knit? Where can we get those hats?
I love hats, so I really wanted to include them in my collection. I feel like they are a mini collection, in their own right, they really added a richness to the overall look. I searched endlessly to find the perfect yarn. I used a yarn that was Hand-spun(which is very rare these days), and each individual skein( term for ball of yarn), is one of a kind, it is such a gorgeous textured yarn. Tim kindly called the hats "Works of art"
... The hats were knitted by hand and were developed from original patterns. They can be special ordered from me, just shoot me an email if interested @ firstname.lastname@example.org, they are quite pricey, but OH so worth it......
A special thanks to Purl in Soho and Suss Design, they were so helpful...xoxo
3. What was the best thing about being on Project Runway? The worst? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I think the overall experience has been quite phenomenal. I didn't know what to expect going into this, so it was so interesting on so many levels. I felt like I personally evolved over the course of the show, emotionally and on all levels of my design capabilities. I feel so much stronger and more confident for it. I love the designers on the show, and it was great being in an environment, that facilitated and encouraged our talent.
The worst part was leaving, I was so sad.
There's nothing I would change, the whole process has been so organic.
4. Do you keep in touch with any of the designers from the show?
I keep in touch with most of the designers. (Not all, I ain't no saint.)
I have built some wonderful relationships with some of them. I feel so fortunate to have meet such incredible people.
It is such an intense experience, and it's been wonderful to have shared this with them, and then to have the support post show. I LOVE YOU GUYS!
5. Congratulations on your engagement! Who is designing your dress?
thank you. I am going to be marrying the most delicious man.
On the second day on PR, I turned to Santino, and said "hey, you're going to make my wedding dress!"
I still joke with him, and tell him he's got $100 bucks and 2 weeks.
I don't know if I will eventually end up making my own dress. OMG who knows!!
6. What are you working on now?
I have been working around the clock on my business, trunk shows, meeting orders.
I am making Kimonos(the one seen on PR) by the thousands! so right now, I'm officially a full-time manufacturer.
I do however plan to persevere and move forward in the continued growth of my business. I have been so blessed to have had such great success with the
Kara Janx line, and I am really striving for longevity and further successes. Ultimately I look forward to the Kara Janx empire! lol
7. At BPR we are truly concerned with trivia and fun details. Here are some of the things we have been wondering about: What is the room number of your apartment? Who is Redman? Did you write that message on the board? Is he your fiance?
My fiance has the most fabulous shade of 'red' hair, yes he is the Redman, and yes I wrote I LUV RED, since we were cut off from the entire world, it was my one small gesture, and shout out to my RED.
Now for the craziest part...our apartment number on PR was 21H. Prior to PR, red and his brother lived at the atlas, as things go, eventually I was living in the atlas. We all moved out... Red's apartment number was 21H...... 2 months later PR moved into 21H.......I guess some things are meant to be
8. We feel like you should have won the "Flower Power" challenge - your design was great. Were you disappointed not to win? Or just happy to remain in the race?
I thought that Garden party dress was Gorgeous, it turned out so beautifully and fit Eden like a dream. I definitely thought I had a chance at the win. I wasn't disappointed, but neither was I relieved. I needed to step up my game, and I was proud of the outcome.
9. Do you feel that the judges were fair? What about in the "Makeover" episode? Were you surprised that Nick was cut? How did it feel to be wearing that jumpsuit? Was it as uncomfortable as it appeared?
I never tried to second guess the judges, also I don't think there is FAIR in a competition. I had grown really close to Nick, and I think he is incredibly talented. From Day 1, I thought he would be in the Final Three, I was surprised and really sad to see him go, I think he deserved to go further.
The jumpsuit was poorly executed and had no sleeves by the time the deadline was up. Santino poked and poked and bullied me till those damn sleeves stuck. But they couldn't and they didn't, by the time I went onstage, I was so over poked....I thought I was going to hit the roof, I was horribly uncomfortable. Santino lied through his teeth, which probably saved him.(p.s I did not tug on those sleeves, I didn't have to, they were falling off all by themselves.)
Just to clear the record, Santino may have guided me with what outfit he wanted as I did him, but at the end of the day, I designed the outfit, cut and sewed it....he on the other hand did not. Santino does not like to take blame.
10. Who are your favorite (established) designers?
I have such a long list of designers I admire, they range from Architects, industrial, graphic through to Fashion design.
Rem Koolhaus, Bruce Mao, Helmut Lang, Miuccia Prada,Marc Jacobs, Norma Kamali, Nicolas Ghesquiere to name a few
Thank you very much for your answers, Kara. Best of luck from all of your fans at Blogging Project Runway!
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Great segment! I love hearing the deisgners' POVs.
For me, anyway, hearing Kara's recount around the 13th garment sure explains the look on her face in the episode. She was sharing the same feelings as the final 3.
Loved the "$100 and 2 weeks" comment to Santino on the wedding dress. Better give him 3 LOL ;), get those sleeves "sewn" on.
I, too, loved the hats, very cool.
Great interview Laura! You think they would have given Kara someone to help with the 13th look though.
I'm guessing she would have chose Emmett.
kara -- pay him in installments -- half up front to buy materials, half when he delivers the sleeves sewn on.
Great interview- wonderful of her to answer some of our questions. I was feeling sorry for her not being picked, now I feel bad she had the same 13th look assignment...withouth help. Is it me, but should the other not have also had back up garments-
WOW! What a terrific interview! I feel so bad Kara was not in the "top 3", especially since Chloe flip-flopped and questioned herself about being in the competition and wanting to go for it in the final stretch. I do think they are all winners though, and this is the big break for most everyone. Sometimes, all you need is a "chance" in life, a little exposure...and you can take that and push on.
Kara's been my top favorite designer in Season 2. I like her style and she's actually been a designer I've purchased from. I expect her to grow and I feel confident that the best is yet to come for Kara!
I have a problem with the 13th garment thing anyway--I would have liked to see the designers treated like designers and not reality show participants at this stage in the process--but I really have a problem with Kara not getting any help. Although I appreciate she was getting the "chance of a life-time" going to FW, at the same time she was doing the producers a favor by acting as a decoy (supposing she'd refused?). It just seems a bit shabby. Bad enough she's being tucked away into corners like Cinderella, who, now I come to think of it, did get the prince. You deserve the best, Kara.
Oh, Kara. It'd be awesome to hang out with a person as sweet as she is.
As always Laura you rock! Enjoyed the interview with Kara and I'm so proud of Kara. I respect her for sharing her truth about the Santino jumpsuit. I thought she would use Emmett, because I recall reading somewhere they're neighbors. Anyway! I am happy to hear she is doing well.
I also loved Kara's collection.
However, I can't join the parade of those who think she should have been in the Final 3. The evening gown challenge was Kara's chance.
The gown she designed was the weakest of the four. The gowns of the other 3 were reflections of the visins of Dan, Chloe, and Santino. I don't think I got to see the Kara vision, until her decoy collection.
Kara's long purple kimono with the blue sash would have easily won the evening gown competition.
It sounds to me that Kara gained a lot from PR even without winning. Good luck Kara and trust yourself.
It's quite known that Kara has asked for help and Santino did help her when he could, especially on that outfit she did for him. But alright, Kara too does not like to take blame. Pretty obvious.
While we're talking about Kara, I have a question? Does anyone else find that they remember more pieces from Kara's collection than anyone else's? I have to keep going back to check what else Chloe, Daniel and Santino did apart from the two or three things that stick with me, but I can get much further bringing Kara's work to mind--or Jay's or Kara Saun's, for that matter.
Great interview with Kara! I'm still a little miffed bout her selling out Lil' Chlo on the runway, but still.
How you are able to get a hold of the PR castmates is amazing. Did you just email them out of the blue?
I wonder how many of them read this blog.
that was a great interview... questions we really wanted to ask :)
What a stunningly honest and information-packed "interview".
I especially admired her saying that she would have changed nothing. Also that the judging was "never fair". It would be interesting to have her expand on that.
In an earlier post I commented that this may be the kind of contest that you can actually win BY LOSING. With Kara especially, I may have hit the "manikin" square on the head!! lol
Great interview! OK, we were right about her having the same budget, finding out about the 13th look at the same time as the other designers, and about the other designers not being able to pick her to help.
Very interesting that she didn't get a helper. I wonder if she was working in her own studio in stead of with the other designers. That might explain why she had other partially finished garments to work with and given her an advantage that made up for not having an assistant.
I was also surprised the other designers didn't have extra designs in mind. I would think they would design (but not execute) dozens of looks and then cut that down to 12, which would have left them plenty of other ideas to work from. I guess not.
Help Me Please!
I would like to make a 'santino hat' like the one Kara made for his makeover. It's for a PR house party this Wednesday and we are all encouraged to make an outfit. I was planning on picking up an old hat at a vintage clothing store and then finding a fabric that will go with a few tops that I have.
But I have no idea how to glue the fabric on or what kind of glue to get. If anyone can help, that would be awesome.
To the best of my recollection Kara had a straw hat and was covering it with squares of plaid fabric. I'm not sure what kind of glue she was using. It looked great when she was finished!
A straw hat will probably take glue much better than fabric, and not look lumpy. Didn't even think of that.
I'm sure the clerk at the fabric store will have some kind of glue to recommend.
Great interview-the more you hear of her, the more you like her!!
BPR Tour alert-not sure if we have time, but Purl is very cute and a very interesting shop. Yarns are very organic and earthy. Maybe a little pricey, that I don't remember. Very cute, though- can totally see it with Kara's hats..
It doesn't really matter that Kara had no help for the 13th look, because obviously she didn't have the same constraints either. She was able to just use something she already had and finish it up; the contestants had to start something from scratch (they didn't have the option of doing what Kara did; that wouldn't have been exciting enough for the camera).
I think Santino was really big on spray adhesive (you can usually find that in an art store) and I'm sure Kara borrowed the idea for the hat she fashioned. You would just spray the adhesive all over the hat and then spray the same adhesive on the back of the fabric. It should be really quick and easy to make a hat that way.
Kara was one of my favorite designers from the beginning, and I always thought she wasn't getting much credit. I'm glad that things worked out for her.
I'd love to know if she discussed some of the immediatly-post-FW-show press with the other designers, considering that any number of fashion critics crowned HER the winner.
I just hit your website. Not only are your clothes lovely, it is really an excellent looking and working website. Please pass the praise onto whoever developed it for you. Bravo!
Santino lied through his teeth, but she picked Chloe to go home.
Why doesn't ANYONE who talks to her call her out on this?
The gown that elimitated Kara was NOT her style and thus she eliminated herself by not being true to herself. As much as I loved many of Chloe's design's during the show, I, too, was disappointed when she voiced her own doubts about wanting to win. By voicing such self doubt, she risked shattering alliances with those who were competing for the coveted prize. I'm sure they all wondered why she should get it if she didn't really want it... at least if they lost they wanted to lose to someone who truly wants the prize. One last point... I LOVE Kara's collection! It's amazing! If she'd put that lovely last piece in the evening gown competition she would have won hands down! Can someone point me to reviews of her collection? Especially comments by Nina Garcia (Bam! Bam!) or Michael Kors. Go Get 'em, Kara! We'll be watching!
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