Rogers City native Melissa Fleis survived the first challenge of “Project Runway All-Stars” as the show debuted last week. Designing a punk outfit featuring a white leather jacket and a blue dress, Fleis advanced to the second episode of the show.
1. What was your feeling coming into this, knowing the caliber of the other designers, including three former winners? Did you feel more pressure the second time around or was it easier (speaking of the first challenge only) knowing how things worked?
I felt just as nervous going into All Stars as I did going into Project Runway Season 10. I had a better sense of how things worked from my time on Season 10 – however, I knew that this time the bar would be raised even higher. I knew that I would definitely be facing some familiar faces, and that would be a battle within itself. I felt more pressure in the sense that I knew I had to really step outside of my comfort zone as a designer, yet still stay true to my aesthetic. All of the contestants are All Stars in their own right, and are each extremely talented in their own way. I knew what I was getting myself into would not be easy!
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