One of the best parts about my job is I get to meet local and sometimes national celebrities. This last weekend a fellow First Class Fashionista writer and I were able to attend Goodwill’s Good Exchange for Change fashion event. Aside from Denver’s elite joining the party, some celebrities near and dear to fashion came out and joined with Goodwill to make this event a smash. Project Runway stars, Michael Costello, Mondo Guerra, Peach Carr, and Fallene Wells all attended the event. First Class Fashionista was lucky enough to catch up with winner of Project Runway All Stars and all around superstar Mondo Guerra. We got the exclusive scoop on him, his future plans, his current projects and, of course, Heidi Klum.
Q: What inspires you when you are designing?
A: I really look at art and music to inspire me, I love mobile art from the 1960s.
Q: Do you have any favorite artists?
A: I love pop art and so, Andy Warhol inspires me.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: My Neiman Marcus collection releases in the spring and I am doing an eyewear collection this summer and I’m enjoying living in my hometown. The only thing I can say is hard about being a designer in Denver is the lack of materials. In New York I could go to the garment district and find any fabric I wanted. But I have a home here.
Q: What advice would you give up and coming designers?
A: It is all relative; the one thing I could say is show a lot of honesty in your work. People respond more when you are honest.
Q: How is it working with Heidi Klum?
A: Heidi Klum is wonderful, I have hung out with her off set and she is so cool.
Q: Was it weird having cameras follow you around?
A: It was at first but then you just get used to it and don’t even know that they’re there.
Q: Do you still keep in contact with your fellow Project Runway designers?
A: Well I have Peach and Michael here with me tonight, and they (Project Runway Contestants) push me to be a better designer.
Q: What is the best part about this event?
A: Mentoring the students was the best part. I keep reminding them don’t forget to break the rules.
After a quick hug and a photo op, he had to be on his way backstage to begin to host this awesome charity event. And this fashionisto doesn’t think we have seen the last of Mondo Guerra! Keep an eye out for his fierce eyewear collection.