'Project Runway' Exit Q&A

'Project Runway' Exit Q&A: Emily Brandle

The latest auf'ed contestant talks about her future plans, her reaction to Nina's ''no comment,'' and her perception that the judges had made up their minds about her

Project Runway | EMILY BRANDLE ''What happened is that I got the boot. I should not have gone!''
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EMILY BRANDLE ''What happened is that I got the boot. I should not have gone!''

Emily Brandle is bitter. On our weekly call with the latest auf'ed Project Runway contestant, Emily — who on last night's episode created a black minidress with a ill-placed spray of ruffles that guest judge Sandra Bernhard called ''cha-cha'' — told us exactly how she feels about her demise: ''I should not have gone!'' But that's not all: She also dished about how Nina's ''no comment'' comment about her dress made her feel, how her dress almost became engulfed in ''monster ruffles,'' and where she'll go from here.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hi, Emily! How are you feeling today?
EMILY BRANDLE: I'm great. How are you?

What'd you think about the way that they portrayed you and your loss?
Well, first of all, I was shocked that I got kicked off! What were they thinking?

Was it hard to watch at all?
Yeah, absolutely. Surreal. It was very strange to see it and know that the whole world will see it. It was a different experience, kind of being there and being in the moment for the whole experience. You're like, Right, the world is going to see this.

Let's break it down a bit. What happened?
What happened is that I got the boot. I should not have gone! You know, fashion is subjective. For whatever reason, the judges and/or producers thought it was my time to go. I wouldn't change my dress. You know, I stand by it. The shoulda-woulda-couldas is not a game that I play, so it's done, you know? I make a beautiful collection, Smoke & Mirrors. My best friend and business partner and I have been doing it for a year and a half, and you know, that's what it's really about, the real work.

Can you explain your design a little bit more? Did you consider doing other things?
Yeah, absolutely, I considered doing a lot of things. I mean, going back, I would do a lot of things differently. I would still be on the show, and I would win fashion week. The dress that I made was not originally going to have the black exposed.

Was it going to be full of ruffles?
Yeah, it was going to be full of ruffles, and then it started turning into a monster. And I was like, You know what? I'm not into that notion of monster ruffles.

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