'Project Runway' eliminated contestant: 'I felt like they were all reaching for something to say negatively'


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“As you know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day… ” you’re talking to reporters about the utter misery of being out! Don’t click through if you don’t want a SPOILER on last night’s Project Runway, during which the contestants had to design three looks incorporating leather and suede for Heidi’s New Balance sneaker line. Season 9′s fifth eliminated contestant chats about the ins and outs after the jump.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you think that Anthony Ryan should have gone home last night instead of you?
DANIELLE EVERINE: Yes. Based on his garment, if they were just judging it by that, then yes he should have.

There was a lot of inter-team squabbling last night. Do you think that that affected the overall result on the runway?
Yes. Well, I think that Josh’s team actually fared pretty well. Their collection made sense, although you could see that it was almost all Josh. With Anthony Ryan’s team, I think that it totally exhausted them emotionally. They were uninspired creatively in turn, and didn’t really come up with anything good.

Is putting a black lining against silk something that you’ve done before? Why do you think Michael was so horrified by your top?
I don’t know why he was horrified. It wasn’t that bad — it was actually kind of cool. Maybe just matching two different fabrics together he didn’t like. In some ways I felt like they were all reaching for something to say negatively when really maybe it didn’t make that much sense or it wasn’t that bad. It’s hard to say what they’re thinking.

They’ve given you a hard time before. Were you offended when the judges agreed that your green blouse made your model look depressed in the Nina Garcia challenge?
Yeah, again I felt like they were sort of reaching. The look wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be, it’s true, but that’s what happens with these crazy time constraints. I didn’t think it was that bad, and what they were saying… I didn’t feel like it applied to my look. I thought it was ridiculous. I felt like that comment was silly.

When you initially presented your designs to the judges, you had a sheer shirt printed with water buffalo that was really cool. If you had stayed in the competition would you have done more things like that, or would you have stopped using sheer fabrics due to the comments from the judges? 
I do work with a ton of different materials, including heavy wools and leathers and different textures. The sheers weren’t working out very well because of the time constraints. Sheer fabrics are very delicate and difficult to work with, and I was able to be successful with the stilts challenge with Cecilia using a chiffon, but after getting those comments that they wanted to see something else, and the fabric was very ambitious to work with, so I think I would have tried some of my other tricks up my sleeve.

How was it working with Cecilia for the stilts challenge? Was she difficult, or did she have more of a competitive spirit back then?
Cecilia is an amazing designer and an amazing seamstress. She was very frustrated being part of a production for a television show. I think that she just exhausted all of her energy to the challenge we were in, really for my sake, because she didn’t want to let me down. I really appreciated that she was willing to work so hard for us as a team even though she didn’t necessarily want to continue on with the competition.

What kind of themed challenge do you think you would have excelled in, had you been given the chance?
I definitely would have loved to do something vintage inspired. Maybe something with a musician or singer that really likes vintage inspired pieces. I think to show a piece like that would have been great.

You were surrounded by some large personalities. Were you happy with how you were portrayed, or do you wish you had done more to stand out?
I think I’m more fun-loving than how I was portrayed. That’s how I perform under extreme stress and no sleep. I was really nose to the grindstone, just working hard every minute. I couldn’t allow myself to get distracted. But I think it would have been nice to show that I’m a little bit more carefree and fun and thoughtful than I was able to show under those circumstances.

Comments (18 total) Add your comment
  • SJ

    Anthony Ryan is one of my favorites this season, but I have to say it didn’t seem fair for him to stay this week. I was shocked to see his garment on the runway, I didn’t think it would be that bad considering all the effort he seemed to put into the team. Had Bert’s shirt been paired with some sporty pants, it would have been a cool look. Laura’s outfit was a mess, although I liked the vest. Their whole team concept was not good.

    • gataroo

      Well like an earlier challenge this season and the whole of last season, whatever Michael and Nina want, they get. Heidi and the guest judge(s) opinion doesn’t matter. But this is the first instance where I agree with Nina and Michael (shocker).

    • AK

      But he’s been in the top group every other week. Clearly, he’s one of the most talented designers this season. I don’t think it would be fair to send him home over one bad challenge.

  • DF

    Despite what she thinks, I certainly think she came across well during the course of her run. Although I think Anthony Ryan might be a better designer, he should have left last night. It was not even close.

  • Bobby’s Robot

    I wish the judges would just decide that yes, they should take into account previous designs. I’d rather have the promising Anthony Ryan stay in the competition more than the mediocre Danielle. So many contestants stick around to the end just by always being the second worst, while better designers are auf’d for one rare bad week.

  • Buffy Freak

    Daniele seems like a really nice girl but an equally boring designer. usually I want the worst look eliminated and yes, they should make up their minds about the rules….all that said, I’m glad Anthony Rayn is sticking around…he has Fashion Week potential, Daniele does not.

  • LOL

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    • Bobby’s Robot

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      • Brian

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  • jcmg

    For once, I’m glad that Michael and Nina teamed up against Heidi this week. It would have been a shame if Anthony Ryan was sent home and Danielle had stayed. He just had a bad design this time; but overall, he’s a better designer than Danielle.

    • D

      “Bad” is a gross understatement. It was horrific.

  • watergirl

    Actually didn’t think Danielle was that bad. I think it looked a little messy but that is it. I like the teal color.
    Anthony Ryan was way worse and should have gone home. Plus his leadership was terrible. I am sure Bert is not easy to work with but part of being a leader is trying to work with everyone. He had such a negative attitude to begin with against Bert. That he started out failing.

  • kate middleton

    Anthony Ryan should have gone home. His outfit was horrible. Danielle’s wasn’t nearly bad enough to go home.

    • D

      How’s Will?

  • Zazazing

    The thing with Danielle is that she did a version of a black bottom/green chiffon top three weeks in a row.

  • Crystal

    So I know Heidi’s saying (One day you’re in, the next day you’re out) suggests that it only depends on that one week and the past challenges do not matter. But only someone who has not been watching the show for the past 8 seasons would not realize that they consistently keep people that they want to see more of (whether it’s producer decisions or based on their actual designs . . . depends) and eliminate people they are bored with. It is *often* that they send someone home even though they didn’t have the worst design, so I’m not surprised (actually, I’m glad) they didn’t send Anthony home because he’s clearly been a more consistently good and interesting designer so far. Sorry Danielle . . .

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