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Fashion Star Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Sarah Parrott

This is an interview with Sarah Parrott on April 25, 2012 about the show Fashion Star.

Question:
What if anything would you have done differently from the beginning?

Sarah Parrott:
I don't know if I can really look back and say that I wish I would have done anything differently, I don't know. I feel like you can't really learn and grow if that's kind of your process, obviously in hindsight there are some things that I would have picked different fabric or you know I look back from a design aspect and I wish maybe I did a print or maybe change the color, but as far as you know how everything turns out the way it's supposed to. And I feel a lot of solace in the fact things happened for a reason.

Question:
Did you feel that during the designer portion of the episodes that you got enough feedback from the mentors in order to create a really good runway?

Sarah Parrott:
Yes, I think so, look they're there, they all have their own aesthetics and their own businesses and their all very brief different people. And you are your own person as well and you're your own designer. So at the end of the day it's your design and it's your brand, so you're going to have to make that final call. I think that there input is there to guide us and at the end of the day you have to call your own shots you know.

Question:
What's next for you?

Sarah Parrott:
Everything. I feel like I have kind of everything awaiting, that's the exciting part of this whole thing. I feel like it's just the beginning for me and I have my fall collection that I'm trying to get in stores right now, so I'm excited to see where that's going to go and how people receive it and I don't know, who knows what's going to happen. But I'm definitely very excited about it.

Question:
Considering that in this week's episode Ross and Nikki ignored their mentors suggestions and got bad reviews on the runway from the mentors and the buyers. When you were named as part of the bottom four, did you think you were going to go home at that point? And how much of a shock was that news considering that you had made the most sales on the show so far?

Sarah Parrott:
It was definitely a tough little flower, I'm not going to lie to you. I don't want to say that it should of been anybody else because you know, I don't want to do that. Did I think it was my time to go home? Definitely not. I mean I think for me it's kind of hard just because I did sell consecutively for weeks. And granted, the problem with everybody is having with it was it was H&M but I don't think that's a bad thing. I think it shows my consistency. So you to go home, yes I was definitely bummed out. I don't want to say that I wish it was somebody else though. B

Question:
Looking back at this week's competition I noticed you did have one of those 11th hour meltdowns, I'm just curious that you may have been mentored by another designer other than Jessica Simpson. Do you think you would have fared better if you had worked with John Varvatos or Nicole Richie?

Sarah Parrott:
No, I don't think so. At the end of the day you are your own designer, they are your ideas. You know if they were to guide us way too much it might as well be their own design so, you're going to have to figure out who you are as a designer and you're going to have to make that final call. It's your creativity that's going to get you there, not somebody else's.

So no, I don't wish it was anybody else and they're not there to tell us to what to design, they are there to kind of guide us a little bit further. Maybe just to give you like another set of eyes, that's the kind of way I've used them as mentors because sometimes you do need that. So no, it had nothing to do with Jessica, it had everything to do with me as far as my elimination.

Question:
Over the course of the competition you definitely developed a really good relationship with H&M, is that something off the show or is that something that you hope to pursue in your future?

Sarah Parrott:
Yes, you know. Right now I'm working on my own collection, I definitely feel like I've kind of found a home temporarily in H&M and it's not a bad place to stay. So yes, I would love the opportunity to collaborate with them in the future, without a doubt. I mean it's H&M, how could I not want to do something with them?

Question:
I just wanted to ask you about your comments last night when you said that you didn't like the dress, do you regret saying that?

Sarah Parrott:
I guess maybe in TV world I should probably say yes, but no. What I want people to understand I feel like everybody is like Sarah, you know you need to stand tall, be yourself, don't discredit what you are as a designer and stop being so insecure and it's definitely what the case is.

That's definitely how I think people are portraying it to be on the show and I'm more of a designer, my creative process is more like to take things apart and put them back together, I like to have more time than one day to look at something and I think that was where my struggle really was.

So it comes down to saying, do I regret saying I didn't like the dress? Maybe I shouldn't have used such strong words, but no, it was not my favorite thing that I've ever done. But you know, time constraints are there and I think that you know, that's what I have to show, that would be my only option. So, I don't know maybe my choice of words weren't that great but I still feel that way.

Question:
Do you think that contributed to you going home or do you think it was solely the dress that sent you home?

Sarah Parrott:
No I think that definitely had something to do with it and so looking back on that is definitely something that frustrates me because I feel like maybe I would have finished if I kept my mouth shut, then I probably would have still been there. But you know, that's just not the deck of cards that I was dealt. I can't change anything, I can't look back on things eight months ago and say, I wish I could have done this, I wish I could have done that in that kind of aspect because I would just drive myself crazy.

Question:
When you left the show, who were you hoping would win?

Sarah Parrott:
I've become so close with every single person that was left after there, so I didn't really want to say one person or another you know, I think that I want the person who deserves it to win. And I think anybody that was left up there after I left would have been very deserving of that, they are all great designers.

Question:
You did sell $300,000 worth of clothes while you were on the show, how does it feel knowing that people are wearing your designs?

Sarah Parrott:
It's amazing, I mean that's what you want as a designer you know, you want that creative outlet but you also want people to wear them and enjoy them as much as you do. So, to know that something that I can kind of create is enjoyed by others is a great feeling.

Question:
Since you didn't design for a living before the show, did you feel a sense of comfort from that or did you always feel like you were at a disadvantage?

Sarah Parrott:
No, I mean I don't ever think I ever felt like I was at a disadvantage, I think that as a designer I'm equal to everybody that was there. As far as the experience and the industry, I was definitely really lacking in that, people that were there have businesses, they've done this for years, so they definitely had more knowledge about it. I guess in that sense maybe I was a little bit insecure, but I try not to compare myself to others so much because I'm me and it's I'm not them.

Question:
After being on the show, do you have a better sense of who you are as a designer or are you still finding your identity?

Sarah Parrott:
No, I mean I think that I've always known who I am as a designer. I think that you know, maturing that over time is something that happens and you know I mean I was definitely at the beginning of stages. But I think that's the exciting part is to mature in this business and learn and grow from everything and you've got to start from somewhere, you know?

Question:
Since you didn't find your footing with the last challenge, how tough was it to create something that you were unsure about?

Sarah Parrott:
I've got to be honest, it sucked. I mean like you know they give you the challenge and they give you so much little time to go shop for fabric and you're never going to find the fabric that you always want. So you kind of start right off the bat in a struggle or at least with me, I did. The time constraints are rough. That overtime that was probably the one thing that probably broke me down the most.

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