Stylenotes Q&A with Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth
SN: As a designer, what was the most valuable thing you learned from being on Project Runway?
JM: How to make executive decisions quickly, and how to trust your taste level.
SN: Is Christian your closest friend from the show? What would it be like if the two of you did a design collaboration?
JM: Christian is one of my besties from the show. A design collaboration would be interesting because he is so couture and I am very ready-to-wear. I think it would be amazing.
SN: Have all the contestants ever gotten together for drinks or to hang out, without the watchful eye of the Bravo cameras after the filming?
JM: Yes -- Kevin, Victorya, Kit, Sweet P, Christian, and I all still keep in touch and see each other whenever possible.
SN: I know you've probably been asked this about 1 million times, but would you return to Project Runway for a future season?
JM: I'm still not sure. I was never in the bottom three and I won a challenge and I think I'm the only designer in Project Runway history who can say that. I was never auf'ed and I think I really got what I needed from the show. Plus, it was a really grueling experience and it truly takes up almost a full year of your life. On the flip side it was SO much fun. My mind changes on a daily basis.
SN: Are any other reality TV shows on the horizon? We also heard you make an appearance in the upcoming Sex & the City movie -- can you give us a hint as to when you appear?
JM: Well, if I'm not on the cutting room floor I have a scene where I walk past Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and she checks me out and then I walk into the arms of my on screen boyfriend. He was straight. It was a hoot. I am also working on some really great show ideas that involve design. I'll keep you posted. You never know.
SN: What's in the works for your menswear line? Any plans to show at fashion week?
JM: Right now I don't have plans to show at fashion week. I would need a big chunk of change to get my own line off the ground but I'm working on it!
SN: Would you ever design a women's collection?
JM: Yes. After the Project Runway experience I have a new love for womenswear.
SN: Would you ever consider doing a diffusion line, a more affordable line for the masses, such as Target's Go International Collection?
JM: Yes! I come from a mass market background and I don't consider it a dirty word at all. I've actually been interviewing with UNIQLO which is based out of Tokyo and they are sort of Tokyo's version of H&M meets the Gap. They are about to explode here.
SN: Where do you shop online?
JM: Zappos.com, BenSherman.com, eBay, Bluefly.com, Whiteonwhite.com, Justanotherrichkid.com, tons more…
SN: What do you buy the most of, online? What is the best deal you've gotten online, that you've bragged about to your friends?
JM: Sneakers on ebay. I think some are fake but they look amazing regardless.
SN: What sites do you frequently check for fashion coverage and inspiration?
SN: What are the three items you always have with you/can't live without?
JM: My iPod, metrocard, and good jeans (genes).
SN: On a closing note, what's the most important piece of advice you would give to aspiring designers?
JM: Practice until you think you're gonna die of barfness. It makes all the difference.
And we couldn't agree more.
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