Auf’d Designer Wesley: ‘I Knew It Was Not My Finest Hour’
07/24/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Even as Nina Garcia called his dress "cheap" and Heidi Klum described the look as her least favorite of the night, auf'd designer Wesley Nault stayed calm--and kept a level head on the runway. Turns out, the 23-year-old designer knew he underperformed in the eco-friendly design challenge-- and he anticipated the judges' harsh words. Calling from New York, Nault, who also dished about his romance with fellow cast member Daniel Feld, opened up about his mistakes in the competition--and which celebrity friend he watched the show with last night. -- Brian Orloff
Did you watch the show last night with friends?I didn't want to watch it–but I kind of had to watch it for a live interview with Bravo afterwards. I was much happier with it than what I thought. And I watched it with Christian Siriano from last season, so it was just the two of us watching it. It was kind of rough because he won last season. Here I am getting voted off. But he was very supportive and very nice.
How did you react when you heard Tim say that the models were picking out your fabric?I was actually dreading it because I like to have control over everything. I was like, "Oh no, what is she going to bring back?" I was very, very nervous. We had 30 seconds before they ran out the door … and all I told her was buy a lot of fabric. Unfortunately, she didn't.
Can you explain what the fabric you worked with was like? How is it different from things you would have picked?The fabric I got was really hard to work with just because it had a satin finish to it. It was very shiny, and it would show all the mistakes. I believe it was a silk-hemp blend. I didn't have enough to work with or experiment with. So I had trouble with that. The minute I opened that bag of fabric, I just lost it.
What did you think of Leanne and Korto's work?Leanne's dress was impeccably sewn. But going into it, I knew what my mistakes were and I feel like Leanne and Korto, they didn't see mistakes. They thought they were both going to win. They both have a great design sense, but if you can't recognize your mistakes, it makes me question you a little.
Did you have any sense that you would be in the bottom three?To be honest, I knew it was not my finest hour. I knew I was going to be in the bottom, so I just had to brave through it. It just got to a certain point in the workroom where I was like, "I just have to get this done so I have something to show." I went in to the runway with the same thoughts and concerns the judges had. I expected it coming, so it wasn't that hard to deal with.
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