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Fashion Star Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Edmond Newton

This is an interview with Edmond Newton on April 11, 2012 about the show Fashion Star.

Question:
What, if anything, would you have done differently from the beginning to the point where you had to leave?

Edmond Newton:
I kind of have been battling with myself in regards to showcasing the main piece that I did last night. I had a purpose behind it I really want to show my range and I felt really strongly about it. But once hearing Capris state that they wanted to see another dress from me, a daytime wear dress, if anything that I would change, I would more than likely have maybe shown a daytime dress.

Question:
Did you feel like during the designer portion of the episode you got enough feedback from the mentors in order to create a really good runway or did you feel like you didn't get enough?

Edmond Newton:
I think we went over in detail what was requested of us as designers. I think a lot of times the battle was internally with an artist or designer because someone can get you great details on exactly what they want but you visualize it a little differently. And I think that was something that we all did in our perspective of the vision that they were giving us what they wanted us to create. We just mentally had to come up with something totally different.

Question:
What's next for you?

Edmond Newton:
Actually I have a few things that I'm working on and planning. I'm trying to kind of wait just to see what the show what type of feedback and response to get from the show in regards to me being on there. I'm in the process of kind of thinking of maybe moving to New York City and really pursuing a design career there, whether it be working for another label or really pushing to, if I get the financial backing, to really develop and push my brand and empire there.

Question:
Given what the buyer said about your switch to men's wear, what did it teach you about making key decisions like that?

Edmond Newton:
Sometimes taking risks really they can go at it either one of both ways, really good or really bad. I do take a risk and, again, I really wanted to show my range. I feel like being that I was the only designer who showcased both men's and women's wear I think it shows my versatility and also my range in design. And with that it didn't work out so well for me but it was a chance that I took.

Question:
From a brand standpoint, at what point in the show did you feel like it was all coming together for you as a designer?

Edmond Newton:
The very first episode when I worked out by Macy's. I was the first to be brought, so I mean, that felt really good. And from there I was wanting to just pretty much be purchased by the other stores as well. But, I mean, it's definitely a tough competition. I mean, lots of talented designers were there and we all came with something totally different, with different designers and basically what was presented in front of the buyers.

Question:
Can you just talk us through your decision to change to men's wear?

Edmond Newton:
I think at that point it had kind of gotten to where I was just somewhat frustrated due to the fact of first episode I had to rbuy a purchase on Macy's and then there following after I wasn't really getting any bids of being bought. So at that point, I kind of wanted to go in a different direction of what I was thinking in regards to creating dresses and I was going to create a women's bright blazer and I really couldn't get a vision for what I wanted, so I decided to do men's wear and just show, again, my range of what I was capable of doing with that

And with that showing the range, I felt that the shirt that I designed was really a nice, modern fit. I think it was well constructed, detailed. And I think it would definitely complement well with my women's wear design aesthetic. I think that shirt that I created would total complement the dress if a girlfriend and a guy, whatever go out on the town. She can definitely wear the cocktail dress that was purchased by Macy's as well as he could wear the shirt. So I just, again, wanted to show the range and what I was capable of doing.

Question:
Do you think if you'd made something different in men's wear the buyer's might have thought differently or do you think it was that you switched to men's wear period that they didn't sort of like very much?

Edmond Newton:
I think it was that I switched to men's wear period. Looking back on it and watching it, you have more time to think about it and look at it. But when you're there, I mean, you're making split decisions it's a lot of pressure, it's a lot of stress and you're your creative juices are flowing, getting sealed your attention to incorporate the feedback that you're getting from the mentors.

You're incorporating the feedback that you received the week prior with the buyers. So I think the fact that I just totally decided to switch the game and go in a different direction kind of really didn't sit well with them. I think that maybe had I stayed with the women's wear it would maybe have created something that was totally different yet still represented me as a designer, who I am, who Edmond is. I think I would have possibly still been there rather than sent home.

Question:
There seemed to be a tension between you and Tamara this week. Is that right or did you have a good relationship?

Edmond Newton:
We had a good relationship. He was a little concerned, a little threatened being that I decided to do men's wear but even coming on the show that was something that I made that I had a passion for as well, so that I did men's wear and women's wear. So I think that I went throughout the show doing women's wear and then all the sudden decided to switch to men's wear. He kind of maybe felt that I was kind of trying to enter on his territory, something like that. But in the end, it's a competition.

Question:
So when you left, was there anyone that you were hoping would win the show?

Edmond Newton:
Yes, actually, I'm rooting for Sarah. She's from Georgia. She's from here and I'm really rooting for her. She's doing well. I mean, she's been bought every week by H&M, so that's who I'm pretty much rooting for.

Question:
What do you want your legacy as your designer to be?

Edmond Newton:
I have a long wait in the process of creating my legacy. I definitely want to be remembered as somewhat of an icon in fashion. I know, being that the people that I have had myself after and who I drew interest in what they did like Dion Vicacci and people of that nature who were just amazing designers, yet and still they just really walk to the beat of their own path and they create an icon legacies that they left behind and still to this day are being carried on. I would love to do that but I still have a long way to go.

Question:
If we had to have only three things to buy this season, what would they be and why?

Edmond Newton:
I would say a pair, for men, cargo pants, definitely a nice pair of more modern, form fit cargo pants. I mean, we, as men now, we have so much we have to carry around, iPhones, keys and things of that nature. We need a lot of carrying space. With women, definitely something I feel like we're moving into more of a furry silhouette in regards to lots of jersey. Jersey is really hot. So I would say some sort of jersey or maxi dress, really hot.

On men I would say a great pair of shorts, travel shorts, something really, really comfortable that's interchangeable whether you're wearing a nice pair of boat shoes with it or whether you're wearing a pair of sandals or even flip flops for comfort. They're easy to travel in and also with women I would say something like a great bathing suite to wear to the beach. I mean, it's going to be a hot summer, so you have to have something that really compliments your silhouette, something that kind of represents you whether it's colorful or whether it's melodramatic tones or what have you. You definitely need something that you feel really comfortable and sexy in for beach wear.

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