Auf’d Designer Suede: ‘I Totally Rocked Out the Runway’
Last night's Runway challenge was a double whammy: Not only would the remaining contestants be designing a musically-inspired look, but they'd be modeling too. Unfortunately for Suede, while he excelled at the modeling part, his design didn't past muster with the judges. Calling from New York, the 37-year-old designer opened up about his swan song, Kenley's showdown with Tim Gunn and--we had to ask --if he actually refers to himself in the third person when the cameras aren't rolling. --Brian Orloff
Did you enjoy watching yourself last night?I was dying to see how I worked the runway because all the designers loved the fact that I totally rocked out the runway. So I was excited to see that. I owned that outfit. I sold it. That was my job there. I was to sell Korto's look--and I gave it my all. And she won. Even though I was eliminated, I also won at the same time.
What was your initial reaction to the challenge and the genre of music?I was very happy with the look I did. I really feel rockers are more toned down these days than what they have been in the past. You go to a concert to see a rock artist, to see a Chris Daughtry or someone like that, and they're not wearing anything over the top. They're wearing jeans and a T-shirt. I wanted to create something that had a stage presence but was not over-the-top. I was very happy with what I created.
Do you agree with the judges that you played it safe last night?The biggest comment I took from this was from LL Cool J. He said, "Listen, when somebody's onstage performing they're two hours in front of you, and they really need someone to be seeing different aspects of their garment throughout that." It would have been much easier for me to do something a little bit over the top for a girl than a guy.
Care to weigh in on Kenley and her attitude with Tim last night? I think that vote is pretty unanimous. We all thought that was pretty disrespectful, but we've all been targets of Kenley's lash. Last week's challenge, I heard she was pretty awful to me. She's very young. She has a lot of growing to do. Someone like Tim, he's there to help us. To be that disrespectful to him is just not smart in my eyes.
Suede, do you really talk about yourself in third person all the time?I do, but it doesn’t happen as often as you see it. You have to realize, there's 36 or 44 hours of footage that have to be edited down to 44 minutes. So if the funniest sound bites I say are, "Suede is really sad," those all come together, and it becomes one long Suede sentence. I do it occasionally … but it's funny. I'm quirky. I'm still very youthful even though I'm almost 40, and it's not meant to be taken seriously.
Tell us: Did Suede play it safe? Did Kenley deserve to go home? And who is going to win the competition?