Project Runway star Christopher Straub has teamed up with maurices to judge the maurices Main Street Model Search, and they’re looking for 12 real girls in all sizes from across America who embody what the company is all about: fashion, fun and giving back.
We had the chance to chat with Straub about his experience on Project Runway, his own fashion line for maurices AND the great model search. Check out our chat below!
DANITY (DD): Christopher, it is a pleasure to finally chat with you. A lot has happened since your appearances on Project Runway, season five and Models of the Runway, season one. Even though you didn’t win, you have already jump-started a fabulous career. Can you tell me what it was like to do these shows, the feelings that you felt after being sent home and when you got started on your first project?
CHRISTOPHER STRAUB (CS):
It was such a surreal experience to be part of the competition. I went into it just wanting to showcase my talents and to utilize the exposure from the show to turn it into a business. I’m a self-taught designer, without any formal training, so it was an honor to be on Project Runway. I was so motivated that once filming was complete I got home and got back to sewing right away. I know some of the other designers took some time-off but I just kept designing.
DD: And now you have collaborated with maurices to launch your own line there as well. What attracted you to the opportunity to work with this particular company?
CS: I was a TRUE gift to be approached by maurices! They are a small-town specialty store and I’m a small-town designer. It’s a great partnership…I launched a holiday collection in November 2011 at maurices and it was a big success. This March will see my second collection at maurices complete with dresses, suiting separates, and jewelry.
DD: What sets your design taste apart from other fashion designers out there?
CS: Women are always telling me what they want: feminine details, joyous prints, and to show-off their favorite parts of their bodies like shoulders and legs. I hear them in my head when designing these collections.
DD: What or who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite designers?
CS: Texture and natural elements inspire me and I like to incorporate those themes in all of my designs. I’m fond of the iconic works of Balenciaga, McQueen, and Givenchy.
DD: What are your favorite pieces that you designed for maurices?
CS: In this, upcoming, spring collection I worked really hard to design a turtle shell element for the jewelry. It was important that it looked realistic and not cartoon-y. I’m so happy with how it turned out so we used it in a ring, necklace, cuff and earrings. In the holiday 2011 collection I was so proud of the dresses in the line. Each one was a signature silhouette that incorporates print or texture.
DD: Since your involvement with maurices you not only have launched your own line, but are now involved with this year’s maurices main street model search. I read about this contest and absolutely love the message it presents. You are a judge for this contest! So what are you are looking for in a maurices model?
CS: I am so happy to be a part of maurices Main Street Model Search 2012!!! I’m looking for genuine, authentic women who embrace themselves and have a connection to her community. Confidence is, also, a great asset in this competition.
DD: What’s next for Christopher Straub?
CS: 2012 is all about maurices and the Main Street Model Search. I want keep providing great fashion to folks everywhere at affordable prices.
Check out Christopher’s line for maurices here.
His design is fierce! LOVEEEEEEE it!